Monday, 7 May 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 129: Fri May 18

Insects (Svankmajer, 2018): Tate Modern, 7pm

Director Jan Švankmajer is the special guest at Tate Modern for the British premiere of his final film.

Tate Modern preview:
Don’t miss this exclusive premiere of legendary Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer’s swan song, Insects, followed by a discussion with the artist. The screening begins with the artist's very first film The Last Trick, in which two magicians try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks. We then jump 54 years ahead to Švankmajer’s final film, which follows a troupe of amateur actors as they rehearse a production of Czech brothers Karel and Josef Čapek’s 1921 ‘The Insect Play’. The satirical source work imagines a world in which insects behave like humans, and humans behave like insects. In Švankmajer’s film we see the actors’ personal lives slowly blend with the characters they portray.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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