Insect

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Jan Švankmajer

The Dung Beetle is late, the Parasite is asleep and Mrs Larva is more interested in her knitting than the director’s instructions. It’s clear: this amateur theatre company has a long way to go before they can perform their version of The Insect Play, a famous satirical work from 1922 by the brothers Karel and Josef Čapek which features insects with decidedly human traits: greed, egocentrism, jealousy.

The misanthropic play suffered severe criticism due to its pessimistic finale, explains Jan Švankmajer at the start of his film Insect. Under pressure, the authors adapted the end, to Švankmajer’s chagrin. Naturally, the 83-year old master of surrealist cinema gave the Čapeks' work his own, unique twist. With animations, behind-the-scenes footage and various intermezzos, he has turned Insect into a witty, fantastical satire on theatre, film, dreams and everything that makes humans human – and insects, insects.

Screenings

  • Pathé 7
    English subtitles
    Fri 26 Jan Buy
  • Cinerama 1
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 1
    English subtitles
    Mon 29 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 5
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Jan Švankmajer
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Czech Republic, Slovakia
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
98’
Language
Czech
Producer
Jaromír Kallista
Production Company
Athanor - Film Production Company, Llc
Sales
Athanor - Film Production Company, Llc
Writer
Jan Švankmajer
Cinematography
Jan Růžička, Adam Oľha
Editor
Jan Daňhel
Production Design
Jan Švankmajer, Václav Švankmajer
Sound Design
Ivo Špalj
Cast
Kamila Magálová, Jiří Lábus, Jan Budař, Ivana Uhlířová, Norbert Lichý, Jaromír Dulava