Timothy Quay

Stephen Quay & Timothy Quay – Vade-mecum (2021)

Vade-mecum is a new short produced by the Palm-d’Or-nominated animators, Stephen and Timothy Quay. The film shows the life and works of Polish poet, Cyprian Kamil Norwid , and offers a great introduction to legacy ahead of the bicentennial of his birthday in September 2021.

The Brothers Quay say: ‘We took the challenge to make this film for an audience who will have probably never ever heard of Norwid; however, in the briefness of this film, we had hoped that we could still ignite the gentle curiosity of the imagination of the viewer towards the legacy that this man left in writing and in art that was simply never validated in his lifetime’.

The film has been commisioned and produced by the Polish Cultural Institute in London and the Polish Book Institute. Read More »

Stephen Quay & Timothy Quay – Institute Benjamente (1995)

Synopsis:
Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons of movement, drawing circles, and servility. He asks for a better room. No other students arrive and none leave for employment. Johannes is unhappy, imperious, and detached from the school’s operation. Lisa is beautiful, at first tightly controlled, then on the verge of breakdown. There’s a whiff of incest. Jakob is drawn to Lisa, and perhaps she to him. As winter sets in, she becomes catatonic. Things get worse; Johannes notes that all this has happened since Jakob came. Is there any cause and effect? Read More »