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Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival - Jan Svankmajer Q&A
An introduction and special tribute to the short films of the celebrated Czech surrealist filmmaker Jan Švankmajer, whose career spans from 1964 to the present day. He has made over 30 films, including the influential feature films Alice (1987) and Faust (1994). Eschewing the limits of conventional filmmaking processes, Švankmajer practices a form of autonomous visual expression, drawing on his own theoretical research into tactile phenomena and the workings of the imagination. His films are characterised by playfulness, dark and alchemical, with an often blasphemous black humour running throughout. A key member of the Czechoslovak Surrealist group, his impact and influence as a filmmaker, thinker, poet and writer is far reaching and profound. The focus of this programme is his short film work, made between 1971 and 1983.
* The programme will be followed by a panel discussion with Michael Richardson, Peter Hames and Louise S. Milne. See below for speaker biographies.