The great Czech filmmaker joins us to open our summer of animation with a screening of Alice, followed by a Q&A with Peter Hames.
Švankmajer’s award winning first feature length film is a dark interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s well known fantasy world. This surrealist combination of live action and stop motion animation sees a mostly human Alice juxtaposed with a selection of eerie stuffed toys and animals.
Czechoslovakia 1988 Dir. Jan Švankmajer 84 min
An animated figure learns to use wings of increasing sizes, train a circus creature and the importance of doors in this vintage 2D Švankmajer.
Czechoslovakia 1966 Dir. Jan Švankmajer 8 min
Part of The Directorspective: Jan Švankmajer Thu 16 – Sun 25 Jun
Regarded as one of the world's foremost avant garde filmmakers, Jan Švankmajer is renowned for his unique vision and limitless imagination. From his first film in 1964, his singularly surreal, deliciously dark mixes of live action, animation and pioneering sound have influenced filmmakers from Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton to The Brothers Quay. Born in 1934 in Prague, where he still lives and works, Švankmajer has been described as a "grand master not just of innovative animation techniques but of life itself".
Presented in partnership with The Czech Centre London
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This event is part of:
Watch Me Move: On The Big Screen
The Directorspective: Jan Svankmajer
Watch Me Move: The Animation Show
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