|The Alchemists of the Subconscious
- Brothers Quay
The work of the brothers Quay, who feature as guests on this year's Tampere Film Festival, has many connections to the work of Czech Jan Svankmajer, Polish-born Walerian Borowczyk, and Russian Yuri Norstein - and the spirit of Kafka is ubiquitous.
The unforgettably mystical world of Stephen and Timothy Quay with its bald, one-eyed and one-armed puppets has been created from recycled material. Music is always a prominent element in their work; the brothers have likened animation to composing.
Of the films screened in Tampere, The Crocodile Alley is based on a text by the Polish author Bruno Schulz (1892-1942), Stille Nacht on music, The Jan Svankmajer Cabinet on a portrait of the artist, and Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies on a painting by Fragonard. The latest movie from the brothers, a full-length feature film Institute Benjamenta (1995), will be seen on the festival as well. "We gave our actors an amount of character equal to the puppets in our animated films", the brothers comment on the fascinating production phase of the film.
8.3. Pakkahuone, at 10.00
9.3. Tampere Hall: small auditorium, at 18.00