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  • Director

    Jan Svankmajer

  • Starring

    Václav Helsus, Klára Issová, Zuzana Krónerová, Daniela Bakerova, Emília Doseková

  • Run Time

    109 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Czech RepublicSlovakiaJapan

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  • Format


Surviving Life

Part of the Screening Europe Season


After a five-year break from filmmaking, surrealist Jan Svankmajer ventured into pseudo-autobiographical territory with this so-called 'psychoanalytical comedy'.

Eugene falls in love with a woman from his dreams, whose name – starting with 'E' – eludes him upon waking. He approaches a therapist for help and together their investigations begin to unpick what it is that's locked deep in Eugene's subconscious.

Combining live-action backdrops with photo cut-outs of the actors, Surviving Life delves into a world where reality is as obscure as the dreams it presents.

The screening will be introduced by Dr David Sorfa.

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