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21th
World Cinema - Documentary
Athanor - The Alchemical Furnace
Director_ Adam OLHA, Jan DANHEL
Czech Republic 2020 118min DCP color/b&w feature Documentary
Review

Jan ŠVANKMAJER is a Czech filmmaker, animator, and undoubtedly one of the most prominent artists of European cinema. His unique and surreal styles of directing gave him a reputation as a grandmaster of puppetry and animation. His work has influenced great artists such as Terry GILLIAM and the Quay Brothers. He made more than 30 films, short and long, starting from his first feature The Last Trick (1964) to his last, Insect (2018). The making of Athanor – The Alchemical Furnace was planned after he directed Insect, as an attempt to preserve his artistry. The film is filled with interviews with his long-term collaborators, interviews with his spouse, who has been his great artistic partner, let alone archive and footage from many of his films, including his best-known feature film Alice (1988). From this film, we get to meet a great artist and happy man full of Czech sense of humor and poetic genius. [CHUN Jinsu]

CREDIT
  • DirectorAdam OLHA, Jan DANHEL
  • ProducerJaromir KALLISTA
  • ScriptAdam OLHA, Jan DANHEL
  • CinematographyAdam OLHA
  • Production DesignAntiqua Praga Ltd.
  • MusicArchive
  • EditorJan DANHEL
  • SoundTobias POTOCNY, Ivo SPALJ
CastJan SVANKMAJER, Eva SVANKMAJEROVA, Jaromir KALLISTA, Pavla KALLISTOVA, Tomas KALOUS, Milos CHLUSTINA
DIRECTOR
Adam OLHA
He graduated from the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. His diploma film New Life of Family Album (2012) won the Audience Award at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival and was selected for many festivals including Hot Docs and Karlovy Vary. He is the holder of the Associated Press Focal International Award and the Tatra banka Prize for Young Creator.
Jan DANHEL
Film editor, photographer, filmmaker and pedagogue at FAMU. He is a member of Czech and Slovak Surrealists and founder of the civic association Argentum Vivum. He lives in Prague.
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