Surviving Life

  • 105'
  • Czech Republic
  • 2010
At the beginning of Surviving Life, director Jan Svankmajer appears on screen. He didn't have enough money for a completely live-action film, he says, so he occasionally added some animation. That's a joke, of course, because the surrealist Svankmajer (1934) is world famous for his idiosyncratic mixture of animation and live action. This is where Terry Gilliam and the Brothers Quay found their inspiration.
Svankmajer’s first film in five years, since the death of his wife and regular co-worker Eva Svankmajerova, takes a slightly biographical approach. The protagonist Eugene lives both in the real world and in his own, lucid world of dreams. Both worlds are characterised by Svankmajer’s unmistakable black humour and surrealistic settings. Eugene falls in love with a woman from his dreams and asks for help from a psychoanalyst, seated under the quarrelling figures of Freud and Jung.

Director
Jan Švankmajer
Countries of production
Czech Republic, Slovakia
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
105'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Prezit svuj zivot
Language
Czech
Producer
Jaromír Kallista
Production Company
Athanor - Film Production Company, Llc
Sales
Athanor - Film Production Company, Llc
Screenplay
Jan Švankmajer
Cinematography
Juraj Galvánek, Jan Ružicka
Editor
Marie Zemanová
Production Design
Jan Švankmajer
Sound Design
Ivo Spalj
Cast
Václav Helšus
Website
http://www.athanor.cz