Reception: Thursday, December 1, 6:00 p.m.
Screening of Surviving Life: Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
Surviving Life, the enchanting new film by surrealist Czech animator Jan Svankmajer (Alice, Conspirators of Pleasure) uses a combination of photographic collages and live-action photography to tell the story of Eugene, a middle-aged man who leads a double life—one real, the other in his dreams. The exhibition Surviving Life: Collages by Jan Svankmajer in the Amphitheater Gallery consists of 50 collages made during the production of the film, revealing the gentle surrealism and whimsical humor behind Svankmajer’s artistry. In conjunction with the exhibition, a 50-minute compilation of short films by Svankmajer will be shown continuously in the Video Screening Amphitheater. A retrospective of Svankmajer’s feature films will be shown in early 2012.
Presented in collaboration with the Czech Center New York and Athanor: www.athanor.cz