Athanor: The Alchemical Furnace (Alchymická pec) (2020)

  • 2020
  • Animation, Biography, History
  • 1h 57m

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A touching ode to the creative and childlike spirit of one of the masters of cinema, Jan Švankmajer.

Athanor: The Alchemical Furnace is a compelling and playful documentary on the work and life of Jan Švankmajer, whose surrealist blend of stop motion, live action and puppetry within his films has made him one of the most revered auteurs of Czech cinema.

Filmed over the course of three years and visually reminiscent of Švankmajer’s own distinct style, Jan Daňhel & Adam Olha’s documentary is a touching ode to Švankmajer’s creative and childlike spirit. Chronicling his singular artistic process at his film studio Athanor and collaging the important aspects of his life, his artistic principles and close collaborators, the film weaves a definitive portrait of one of the most influential Czech filmmakers of all time.

Presented by CaSFFA, ACMI, and the Embassies of the Czech and Slovak Republics in Canberra.


Jan Daňhel


Adam Olha


Slovak Republic, Czech Republic

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