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11 Oct 2013 - 2 Dec 2013

Jan Svankmajer: The Inner Life of Objects

Prolific across the arts, Jan Svankmajer is best known for the dark, surreal visions and macabre comedy of his films. Combining live action, puppetry and a rich range of animation techniques, he is widely recognised as one of the most original and influential film-makers in world cinema. This exhibition heralds the 50th anniversary of Jan Svankmajer's first film and features sets, puppets, costumes, drawings and storyboards from many of his acclaimed films including Alice, Punch and Judy, Lunacy, A Quiet Week in the House, Little Otik and Surviving Life, and it presents prints and sculptures made by Svankmajer between 1972 and 2012.

ABOUT JAN SVANKMAJER
Prolific across the arts, Jan Svankmajer is best known for the dark, surreal visions and macabre comedy of his films. Combining live action, puppetry and a rich range of animation techniques, he is widely recognised as one of the most original and influential film-makers in world cinema.

Jan Svankmajer was born in 1934 in Prague, the capital of magic and alchemy, where he still lives and works. A surrealist, with a background in marionette and puppet theatre, he has drawn on an enduring fascination with Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allan Poe, Freud, De Sade and Arcimboldo, court painter to the legendary 16th Century Bohemian emperor Rudolf II.  Jan Svankmajer made his first film, The Last Trick in 1964 and has been a major influence on the likes of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and the Quay Brothers.

'I don’t actually animate objects, I coerce their inner life out of them.'
Jan Svankmajer.

'The world is divided into two unequal camps: those who have never heard of Jan Svankmajer ... and those who happen upon his work and know that they have come face to face with genius.'
Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

To complement the free exhibition at the University of Brighton, a rare opportunity to experience on the big screen, the complete collected works of one of the most imaginative and brilliant directors. There are a limited number of special passes available for the whole season of screenings and events for just £25. Tickets go on sale Mon 25 Oct.
www.cine-city.co.uk

FULL LIST OF FILMS:

Duke of York’s
Sun 17 Nov 11.00am
JAN ŠVANKMAJER SHORTS 1
1964-1968 (15) (c90min)
The Last Trick; JS Bach: Fantasia in G Minor; A Game with Stones; Punch and Judy; Et Cetera; Historia Naturae, Suita; The Garden; The Flat.

Duke of York’s
Mon 18 Nov 6.30pm
ALICE
(PG) Cz, Ch 1987. 85 min. Czech with English subtitles.
Švankmajer's first feature is a deeply original interpretation of 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland', blending extraordinary effects with a grotesque and menacing dream logic.

Dukes at Komedia
Tue 19 Nov 6.30pm
THE CABINET OF JAN ŠVANKMAJER
(cert tbc) Dir: Keith Griffiths. UK 1984. 54mins. A revealing documentary illustrated with film clips, with animated interludes by the Quay Brothers and contributions from a range of commentators. Followed by a Panel Discussion with Keith Griffiths, producer of many of Švankmajer's films and Michael Brooke, producer of the BFI's acclaimed DVD box set.

Duke of York’s
Wed 20 Nov 6.30pm
JAN ŠVANKMAJER SHORTS 2 1968 – 1972
(15) c90min
Picnic with Weismann; A Quiet Week in the House; Don Juan; The Ossuary; Jabberwocky; Leonardo’s Diary.

Dukes at Komedia
Sat 23 Nov 2.00pm
FAUST
(12) Cz 1994. 96min. Czech with English subtitles.
A fantastical re-telling of the Faust fable, a tour-de-force of black magic and black humour. A rich blend of life-size marionettes, clay-mation, and live action reveals Švankmajer's singular talents at their unsettling finest.

Duke of York’s
Sun 24 Nov 11.00am
JAN ŠVANKMAJER SHORTS 3
1979-1983 (15) c75min
The Castle of Otranto; The Fall of the House of Usher; Dimensions of Dialogue; Down to the Cellar; The Pendulum, the Pit and Hope.

Duke of York’s
Sun 24 Nov 12.30am
LITTLE OTIK
 (15) Cz 2000. 131min. Czech with English subtitles.
A childless couple decide to raise a voracious tree stump as a substitute for the child they long for but cannot have.
Followed by post-screening panel and discussion organised by Cinemas of the Mind - The Arts Forum of Psychotherapy Sussex. With Leslie Ironside, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Dr Miles Leeson, an Associate Lecturer in English at the University of Chichester and Jenny Leeburn, Coordinator of the Arts Forum and Chair. Separate discussion ticket £3.

Duke of York’s
Mon 25 Nov 6.00pm
CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE
(18) Cz, Ch, UK 1996. 85min.
The bizarre erotic fantasies and sexual fetishes of a group of 'ordinary' folk in modern-day Prague.

Dukes at Komedia
Wed 27 Nov 6.30pm
LUNACY
(18) Cz 2006. 118mins Czech with English subtitles.
Inspired by the writings of the Marquis de Sade and loosely based on two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, LUNACY combines live action and stop-motion, sex and violence, grand guignol terror and gallows humour, plus a lot of animated meat.

Duke of York’s
Sat 30 Nov 5.00pm
FREE ENTRY
JAN ŠVANKMAJER SHORTS 4 1988-1992 (15) c55min
Virile Games; Another Kind of Love; Meat Love; Darkness -Light-Darkness; Flora; The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia; Food.

Duke of York’s
Sun 1 Dec 11.00am
SURVIVNG LIFE (THEORY AND PRACTICE)
(15) Cz 2010 109min. Czech with English subtitles.
Eugene leads a double life - one real, the other in his dreams. Sensing that these dreams have some deeper meaning, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, Dr. Holubova.


Venue:

University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade BN2 0JY

Date

From: 11 Oct 2013
To: 2 Dec 2013

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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