29.6. - 3.7.2016

Profile: Quay brothers 1

Station Žilina Záriečie: S2
Duration 59:17

A selection of work by the brothers Quay – our special festival guests – represents a unique overview of their filmography. The internationally renowned masters of stop motion animation put their characters and props into unforgettable settings – worlds reminiscent of long-suppressed children’s dreams. They immerse into those parts of the human psyche that are hard to access, as well as in limitless imagination. The Quay Brothers Profile outlines the best of the brothers´ auteur production, films inspired by or based on remarkable works of world literature, as well as commissioned projects for television and a diverse range of institutions. Both profile sections share a common denominator – precise animation and dreamlike sometimes even disturbing scenes situated in places lost in time. They invite viewers to set aside their film experience for a while, instead allowing themselves be drawn into a unique and visually powerful world.

Stille Nacht I: Dramolet

directed by Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

year: 1988
country: GB
duration: 01:45
Christmas Eve in a bare and desolate room.

Epic of Gilgamesh, or This Unnameable Little Broom

directed by Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

year: 1985
country: GB
duration: 10:45
Gilgamesh prowls his box-like kingdom, setting a series of vicious traps to catch Enkidu, the guileless forest creature.

The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer: Prague's Alchemist of Film

directed by Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

year: 1984
country: GB
duration: 14:00
Impressions of the work and creative philosophy of Jan Švankmajer. The film began as an hour-long documentary for Channel 4's esoteric late-night film strand Visions about the work of the great Czech animator, filmmaker and card-carrying Surrealist artist.

The Phantom Museum

directed by Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

year: 2003
country: GB
duration: 11:17
The Phantom Museum: Random Forays into Sir Henry Wellcome's Medical Collection was originally commissioned by the Wellcome Trust as a video installation for the British Museum exhibition Medicine Man: The Forgotten Museum of Henry Wellcome, which ran from June to November 2003.

Street of Crocodiles

directed by Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

year: 1986
country: GB
duration: 21:30
A museum keeper spits into the eyepiece of an ancient peep-show and sets the musty machine going. Inside, the puppets partake of a series of bizarre rituals amongst the dirt and the grime.