Legendary Czech film-maker Jan Švankmajer follows a troupe of amateur actors as they rehearse a production of the Čapek brothers 1921 satire The Insect Play and their personal lives slowly blend with the characters they portray. Mixing live action with his trademark macabre stop motion animation, Insect is also punctuated by behind-the-scenes and making-of footage in which the director reveals how some of the animated sections and foley effects were created.
Jan Švankmajer (whose exhibition, The Inner Life of Objects, was presented at CINECITY in 2013) turned to crowdfunding for what he has announced will be his last film. The result is a unique piece from the master surrealist who has influenced Terry Gilliam, Guillermo Del Toro and many others.
Throughout CINECITY, Jan Švankmajer’s short animation Historia Naturae, Suita (1967) will play among the insects, birds, butterflies, fossils and bones at the Booth Museum of Natural History; an animated portrait in 8 parts, each one is dedicated to a different species from the animal kingdom, accompanied by a different style of music.