Alchemical Furnace

  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
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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.

Q&A with Jan Daňhel and Adam Oľha, directors of the film:

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  • Original Title
    Alchymická pec / Echoes of Ji.hlava USA
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Adam Oľha, Jakub Halousek, Jan Daňhel
  • Sound
    Tobiáš Potočný, Ivo Špalj
  • Runtime
    118 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Czech Republic
    • Slovakia
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  • Production
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    • IDFF Ji.hlava, Czech republic is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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