Surviving Life (Přežít svůj život) is an upcoming Czech comedy horror film by Jan Švankmajer. The film uses a mix of cutout animation from photographs and live-action segments, and tells the story of a married man who lives a double life in his dreams, where he is married to another woman. It will premiere out of competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. —Wikipedia
Jan Švankmajer (born 4 September 1934 in Prague) is a Czech surrealist artist. His work spans several media. He is known for his surreal animations and features, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Quay and many others. Švankmajer has gained a reputation over several decades for his distinctive use of stop-motion technique, and his ability to make surreal, nightmarish and yet somehow funny pictures. He is still making films in Prague. Švankmajer’s trademarks include very exaggerated sounds, often creating a very strange effect in all eating scenes. He often uses very sped-up sequences when people walk and interact. His movies often involve inanimate objects coming alive and being brought to life through stop-motion. Food is a favorite subject and medium. Stop-motion features in most of his work, though his feature films also include live action to varying degrees.
A lot of his movies, like the short film Down to the Cellar… read more
The half dozen or so funny moments aren't worth enduring the rest of the movie. Perhaps an investment in parsing the movie for meaning could be rewarding, but it really doesn't seem worth the effort. So much of the symbolism is so basic that there may not be further depths to plumb.
the freudian oedipal complex and jungian anima and animus is a backdrop for usual five star visuals, and gets a fairy tale treatment the same way alice in wonderland, little otik, and faust got the surreal psychodrama treatment. it's a definite improvement from "Lunacy", and his best feature so far. more plot than usual, and more jam packed with imagery than anything since "Alice" and "Faust".
Films by Kenneth Lonergan, Jan Švankmajer and Martin Scorsese are each playing at single venues in London.