Alchemical Furnace

Category: documentary
Director: Jan Danhel
Co-Director: Adam Olha
Country: Slovak Republic, Czech Republic
Year: 2020
Length: 117'
Production Status: completed


The documentary Alchemical Furnace is a unique portrait of one of the most original and, at the same time, internationally acclaimed figures of Czecho-Slovak cinema - the director and artist Jan Švankmajer, made by the young directors Adam Oľha and Jan Daňhel. They were granted the unique opportunity to enter the "alchemical workshop" of the film production company ATHANOR and take part in the creation - as the filmmaker himself calls it - of Jan Švankmajer's latest film, Insect.

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