Stephen y Timothy Quay, Philadelphia (USA), 1947
Born in the US and residing in the UK for over three decades, these identical twins are at the forefront of global animation. To these alchemists of the image, trained as graphic designers, we owe some of the best puppet films of all time. Animations such as Street of Crocodiles (1986), The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer (1984), In Absentia (2000) or fiction films such as Institute Benjamenta (1995), reveal the powerful influence that the rich central European cultural scene has exercised on them, particularly the work of Polish and Czech authors: graphic designers of the 50s and 60s, filmmakers and narrators like Waleryan Borowczyk, Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, Jan Švankmajer and Jan Lenica, or Russians Ladislas Starewitch and Yuri Norstein. The synthesis of these and other references, such as that of the Swiss writer Robert Walser, is exquisite in their work, sublimating and offering it to new audiences thanks to the excellence of their technique, the musicality of their images and the meticulous mise-en-scene.