Sat 12 October to 2 December 2013: University of Brighton Gallery
A major exhibition of the work of the legendary Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer.
Sun 17 November 2013: Duke of York’s 11.00am
JAN ŠVANKMAJER SHORTS 1 1964-1968 (90 mins. approx.) The Last Trick (Cz 1964. 12 mins.) JS Bach: Fantasia in G Minor (Cz 1965. 8 mins.) A Game with Stones (Aus 1965. 8 mins.) Punch and Judy (Cz 1966. 10 mins.) Et Cetera (Cz 1966. 7 mins.) Historia Naturae, Suita (Cz 1967. 9 mins.) The Garden (Cz 1968. 19 mins.) The Flat (Cz 1968. 13 mins.).
Mon 18 November 2013 : Duke of York’s 6.30pm
ALICE (PG) Cz, Ch 1987. 85 mins. Czech with English subtitles.
Švankmajer’s first feature film is a deeply original interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, blending extraordinary effects with a grotesque and menacing dream logic.
Tue 19 November 2013 : Dukes at Komedia 6.30pm
THE CABINET OF JAN ŠVANKMAJER (cert tbc) Dir: Keith Griffiths. UK 1984. 54mins. A revealing documentary generously illustrated with film clips, with animated interludes by the Quay Brothers and contributions from a range of commentators. Followed by a Panel Discussion (with Keith Griifiths, producer of many of Švankmajer’s films and Michael Brooke, producer of the BFI’s acclaimed DVD box set of shorts).
Wed 20 November 2013: Duke of York’s 6.30pm
JAN ŠVANKMAJER SHORTS 2 1968 – 1972 (90 mins. approx.) Picnic with Weismann (Aus 1968. 13 mins.) A Quiet Week in the House (Cz 1969. 13 mins.) Don Juan (Cz 1970. 30 mins.) The Ossuary (Cz 1970. 10 mins.) Jabberwocky (Cz 1971. 12 mins.) Leonardo’s Diary (Cz, It 1972. 10 mins.).
Sat 23 November 2013: Dukes at Komedia 2.00pm
FAUST (12) Cz 1994. 96 mins. Czech with English subtitles.
A fantastical re-telling of the Faust fable, a tour-de-force of black magic and black humour. (A rich blend of life-size marionettes, clay-mation, and live action reveals Švankmajer’s singular talents at their unsettling finest).
Sun 24 November 2013: Duke of York’s 11.00am
JAN ŠVANKMAJER SHORTS 3 1979-1983 (75 mins. approx.) The Castle of Otranto (Cz 1979. 17 mins.) The Fall of the House of Usher (Cz 1980. 15 mins.) Dimensions of Dialogue (Cz 1982. 12 mins.) Down to the Cellar (Cz 1982. 15 mins.) The Pendulum, the Pit and Hope (Cz 1983. 15 mins.).
Sun 24 November 2013: Duke of York’s 12.30am
LITTLE OTIK (15) Cz 2000. 131 mins. Czech with English subtitles.
A childless couple decides to raise a voracious tree stump as a substitute for the child they long for but cannot have.
Followed by post-screening panel and discussion organised by Cinemas of the Mind – The Arts Forum of Psychotherapy Sussex. With Leslie Ironside, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Dr Miles Leeson, an Associate Lecturer in English at the University of Chichester and Jenny Leeburn, Coordinator of the Arts Forum and Chair. Discussion ticket £3.
Mon 25 November 2013: Duke of York’s 6.00pm
CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE (18) Cz, Ch, UK 1996. 85 mins.
The bizarre erotic fantasies and sexual fetishes of a group of ‘ordinary’ folk in modern-day Prague.
Tue 26 November 2013: Sallis Benney Theatre 6.00pm
ILLUSTRATED LECTURE by Michael Brooke
Wed 27 November 2013: Dukes at Komedia 6.30pm
LUNACY (18) Cz 2006. 118mins. Czech with English subtitles.
Inspired by the writings of the Marquis de Sade and loosely based on two short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, (LUNACY combines live action and stop-motion, sex and violence, grand guignol terror and gallows humour, plus a lot of animated meat).
Sat 30 November 2013: Duke of York’s 6.30pm
JAN ŠVANKMAJER SHORTS 4 1988-1992 (55 mins. approx.) FREE ENTRY Virile Games (Cz 1988. 14 mins.) Another Kind of Love (Cz 1988. 4 mins.) Meat Love (USA, UK, Ger 1989. 1 min) Darkness-Light-Darkness (Cz 1989. 8 mins.) Flora (USA, Cz 1989. 30 secs.) The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (UK 1990. 10 mins.) Food (Cz, UK 1992. 17 mins.).
Sun 1 December 2013: Duke of York’s 11.00am
SURVIVNG LIFE (THEORY AND PRACTICE) (15) Cz 2010 109 mins. Czech with English subtitles.
Eugene leads a double life – one real, the other in his dreams. In real life he has a wife called Milada; in his dreams he has a young girlfriend called Eugenia. Sensing that these dreams have some deeper meaning, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, Dr. Holubova.
Tickets for events will be available from late October 25th 2013 from the Duke of York’s Picturehouse.
ŠVANKMAJER ON TOUR
A Programme of Shorts and features will be touring to selected UK cities during December and January as part of the BFI Gothic Season.