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Athanor – The Alchemical Furnace

27th November 2020 @ 10:00 am - 30th November 2020 @ 10:00 am

A candid insight into Jan Švankmajer’s artistic workshop in which a grand master of puppetry and animation conjures his sharp and merciless exploration of human nature

The legendary artist, filmmaker and surrealist, Jan Švankmajer, whose work has inspired artists such as Terry Gilliam and the Quay Brothers, bade farewell to feature filmmaking in 2018 with his swan song, Insects. While shooting the making of Insects, directors Adam Olha, Jan Daňhel and producer Jaromír Kallista decided to preserve Švankmajer’s unique creative process revealing the behind-the-scenes details of his artistic practice. Over three years they followed his life and work at home and abroad (including the UK premiere of Insects at the Tate Modern) creating a complex portrait. Serious discussions about his artistic principles are interlaced with footage of him at work and at home including everyday and comic moments such as crashing his four-wheeler, posing awkwardly with fans or getting irritated by organisers at an art exhibition. Talking with disarming honesty, Jan Švankmajer, an extremely private man, opens up and speaks of his dreams, meditations, and his wife and muse Eva Švankmajerová, revealing the difficult times after her death.

The film will be available to rent (UK only) for £4.99 see Vimeo on Demand link below


27th November 2020 @ 10:00 am
30th November 2020 @ 10:00 am


Czech Centre London

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