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World Festival of Animated Film /
feature film edition 31 May - 5 June 2011
World Festival of Animated Film / feature film edition 31 May - 5 June 2011
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Přežít svůj život (teorie a praxe) / Preživjeti život (teorija i praksa)

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Přežít svůj život (teorie a praxe) / Preživjeti život (teorija i praksa)


Jan Švankmajer

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan / 2010 / 105' 0''



Projections


Saturday, 04. 06.,
Europa Cinema, 20:00 h


Synopsis


Eugene, an ageing man, leads a double life – one real, the other in his dreams. He goes to see a psychoanalyst, who tries to interpret the meaning of his dreams. Eugene finds a way of entering his dream-world at will and finds out about his childhood and what really happened to his parents. When his wife forces him to make the decision between the reality and dream, he finally chooses the dream-world.

 

Jan Švankmajer


Jan Švankmajer was born on September 4, 1934 in Prague. His studies at the College of Applied Arts in Prague in the Stage Design Department and at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts in the Department of Puppetry (directing and stage design) largely predetermined his own creative development. He did not study film and its technology - perhaps this also contributed to Švankmajer’s not being weighed down by the ‘cinematic art’ with its excessive dedication to the technical medium and resulting depressive receptiveness. In the Magic Lantern Theatre he experimented with some film procedures, including special effects, for the first time. He made his first film in 1964 at the Krátký film Studio in Prague. The creative diversity of Jan Švankmajer, however, exceeds the limits of film. The artist is active in autonomous visual expression which he has practiced since the end of the 1950s. His literary expression consists mainly of scenarios and tactile poems, while his theoretical activity has focused on research of tactile phenomena and imagination. A considerable part of the imaginative strength of Jan Švankmajer consists of blasphemous black humour and a playful viewpoint which, together with extraordinary sensibility and a penetrating critical intellect, form the determining facets of his creative personality. His work, whether film, visual, or literary, is connected with the collective activities of the Czechoslovak Surrealist group. 

 

Director

Jan Švankmajer


Production

Athanor


Screenplay

Jan Švankmajer


Sound

Ivo Špalj


Editing

Marie Zemanová


Animation

Jan Švankmajer


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