Lunacy, May 15

The next screening will be Jan Svankmajer’s Lunacy. Note the change of time to 19:00.

Sileni (Lunacy, 2005, Czech Republic)

118 minutes

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Imagine

A man who fears he’s edging into madness gets a fresh perspective on what insanity really means in this frantic, visually inventive black comedy from Czech auteur Jan Svankmajer. Jean (Pavel Liska) is a deeply troubled man who has been haunted by violent hallucinations since the death of his mother, who was committed to a mental institution when she passed on. While arranging his mother’s funeral, Jean meets a fellow inmate who claims to be the Marquis de Sade (Jan Triska), and lives as if he’s in 18th Century France rather than the Czech Republic in 2005. Jean strikes up an alliance with de Sade, though they can hardly be called friends, and after becoming an unwilling accomplice to de Sade’s debauchery, Jean joins him at a hospital run by Dr. Murlloppe (Jaroslav Dusek), who offers “Purgative Therapy” for people who aren’t mad but could be in the future.(rottentomatoes)

Trailer here.

Friday, May 15, 19:00

Zrinyi 14, room 412.

 

 

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