Previously at the ICA - Films

Surviving Life, Jan Svankmajer, 2010

Surviving Life

2 Dec 201115 Dec 2011

"Confirms Svankmajer as a master filmmaker and knocks films like ‘Inception’ and ‘The Matrix’ into a cocked hat. Just dreamy!" ★★★★★ Time Out

"One of the most imaginative and visually arresting films of the year. Essential viewing." ★★★★ Little White Lies 

"An interesting and subversive comic fantasy reminiscent of Terry Gilliam." The Guardian

Legendary surrealist director Jan Svankmajer (Alice, Faust) returns with one of the warmest and funniest films of his career. Eugene, seemingly content in his marriage and mundane career, finds himself repeatedly dreaming of a mysterious beautiful woman. Seeking the help of a psychoanalyst to explain this phenomenon he finds himself increasingly torn between his erotic dream life and the waking world. This being Svankmajer, complete with trademark mix of live action with animation, and scabrous wit, Eugene surprises both the audience and his doctor by saying he doesn't want to stop the dreams, but rather wants to plunge deeper into his subconscious to spend more time with this woman of his dreams. Take it as a given that Svankmaker is as intellectually playful and audacious as ever, but what might surprise you is a new found compassion which permeates the whole anarchic world of one of the Czech master's finest films.

Dir: Jan Svankmajer, 2010, Czech with English subtitles, 105 mins

Cast: Václav Helsus. Klára Issová and Zuzana Krónerová

 

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