Lunacy (Czech: Šílení) is a Czech film by Jan Švankmajer. The film is loosely based on two short stories, "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and "The Premature Burial", by Edgar Allan Poe. It is also partly inspired by the works of the Marquis de Sade. The film was shot between October and April. 27 Aug Šílení (Lunacy, ) is Jan Švankmajer's fifth feature, and stands as the director's finest and most penetrating foray yet into the forest of contradictions and cruelties that constitutes Western society today. Set in France but with language in Czech, and opening in the present day only to slip into the late 18th. Directed by Jan Svankmajer. With Jan Tríska, Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Martin Huba. A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man .
31 May Andrew Pulver: The indefatigable Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer returns with another weird little tale.