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Alice in Not So Wonderland

The Quay Brothers
UK 2007 / 3’

The film proves that the imagination of the brothers may acquire and transform any task (their commercials represent similar examples). Out of nowhere, cataclysm manages to get through the looking glass; Alice’s house is covered with a heavy cloud as black as thunder; the wonderland is being shaken to the foundations. Music has become the film’s secret scenario, which is made a rule by the Quays; here it is Sergei Prokofiev’s compositions. The film perfectly defends itself outside the context in which it appeared for the first time.

On 7 July 2007, a series of Live Earth SOS concerts were held. The organizers asked several filmmakers to produce short original études which would refer in any manner to the problems of environmental threats and greenhouse effects. The films were shown during the concerts in MTV and in the Internet.


Jakub Mikurda

Bracia Quay

Twins, born in 1947. They studied in Philadelphia and continued their education at the Royal College of Art in London, where in the 1970s they directed their first short films. In the 1980s, they made commercials (for Honeywell, Walkers Crisps, and Dulux Wood Protection), music videos (the most famous one - for Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer), and animations which made them popular – The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer, Street of Crocodiles. In 1995, their first feature film premiered: Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life, winner of the Bronze Horse in Stockholm and the jury’s award at the Fantasporto festival. Another full-length live acting film by the brothers is The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes. Their art is inspired by literature, especially by prose by Bruno Schulz and lately - Stanisław Lem.

Cast & Crew

director The Quay Brothers
screenplay The Quay Brothers
cinematography The Quay Brothers
music Siergiej Prokofiew
animation The Quay Brothers
visual design The Quay Brothers
production Koninck Studios
source of print Quay Brothrers
colouration colour & b&w