22nd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The film’s main topics are migration and the integration of immigrants into their new society. #3511 explores these issues through the story of an Australian soldier whose daily correspondence and diary from his time traveling during World War I are combined with a short story by J. L. Borges. His particular life story is a metaphor for contemporary questions regarding exile, memory, and integration. In terms of form, the film consists primarily of footage of an abandoned landscape and homes, accompanied by a voiceover commentary. On rare occasions, we can see the speakers’ faces.
„The film began from a serendipitous coincidence : fiction and reality. 100 years later the material challenged the limits of what could be, known and reconstructed. But what if fiction were to pose reality as an enigma ?“ I.Stillwell
Australian filmmaker Isaac Stillwell (1976) is also active in the fields of photography and architecture. Since 2010, he has lived in the French town of Lille. In 2015, he and several colleagues founded Kolophon, a company focused primarily on documentary film. This is his first appearance at the Ji.hlava IDFF. His other works include Compilation Filmique, Ahmedabad Amnesia, and Les Beaux Monts d’Henin.
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