An amateur drama troupe rehearse the Čapek Brothers’ The Insect Play exploring human/insect characters in the latest from surrealist director Jan Švankmajer.
An amateur drama group led by a highly-strung director who also takes on the role of Mr Cricket rehearses the Čapek Brothers’ The Insect Play. The actors’ lives intertwine with the characters; the director’s wife becomes Mrs. Cricket flirting with the young actor playing the Wasp while Larva, interested only in her knitting, is horrified by her fellow actor/parasite’s antics. And then there is the Dung Beetle who can’t remember his lines. With constant shifts between the stage and backstage action plus Švankmajer turning the camera on himself revealing the secrets of his tricks, this is a witty satire full of stop motion animation exposing the thin line between insect and human behavior by the master surrealist.
Jan Švankmajer, CZ / SK 2018, 98 min, English subtitles
Cast: Kamila Magálová, Jiří Lábus, Jan Budař, Ivana Uhlířová, Jaromír Dulava
Premiere at the 2018 Rotterdam International Film Festival
Booking: www.regentstreetcinema.com (on sale from 1 October 2018)