CINEMA RITCS programmeert in maart verschillende online filmvertoningen en trakteert daarbij de toekomstige studenten op een gratis zitje. Op dinsdagavond 16 maart kan je in samenwerking met Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival kijken Alchemical Furnace (2020) van Jan Daňhel, Adam Ol’ha.
Warning: due to circumstances the film 'A New Shift' will not be screened and 'Alchemical Furnace' will be screened instead.
About the film
After he finished shooting his last feature-length film Insects, Jan Švankmajer became the protagonist of a film himself. His creative method is partially revealed by Jan Daňhel and Adam Oľha, who spent three years with the internationally acknowledged filmmaker, graphic artist and unorthodox thinker. This allowed them to capture specific situations as well as the artist’s general thoughts on food, fetishes, and the end of both humankind and Western civilization. This playful, associative and tactile portrait, whose fluctuating form provides an outline of various options, is supplemented with the perspectives of friends and colleagues, chiefly Jaromír Kallista, the producer of Švankmajer’s films. The artist’s wife and muse Eva is shown throughout the film through memories, dreams and archive footage.
“We wanted to create a formally independent film that does not copy Švankmajer’s signature style. Just as in alchemy, we based our work on three mutually interconnected principles. Specifically these were Jan Švankmajer, Jaromír Kallista and Eva Švankmajerová. Another very important element was the Surrealist Group, which is Švankmajer’s second family.” A. Oľha
For this screening, CINEMA RITCS works together with Echoes of Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival. The day of the screening you will receive a URL and code to watch the film on a platform.