Some years ago I came across the Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer and said to my self; “this guy, I simply need to check up on”. But I didn’t. I actual forgot all about him unfortunately, as it usually goes.
But when I yesterday randomly watched some pictures from the Czech roman catholic chapel; The Sedlec Ossuary, I immediately recognized that I had seen these incredible settings once before, and after a short search I found out where from. Namely, from the shortfilm “Kostnice” (which is the town church stands) by Jan Švankmajer.
The Ossuary chapel is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, whose bones are artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. Watch it for your self right here.
Švankmajer (born in 1934) is possible the most surreal filmmaker/artist I’ve seen and actual like. He’s mostly famous and known from his work of surreal animations, but it is his shortfilm fictions that attracts me the most. I won’t begin to analyze or try to be wise on the film, cause I don’t understand anything of it. But I simply just recommend that you guys spend some minutes of yours watching the film and/or maybe some of his others, its’ quite entertaining and weirdly inspiring at the same time. Get to know him a bit more here.
Jan Švankmajer – Autoportrait (1989)