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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Soar

director: Patrick Bokanowski
original title: L'envol
country: France
year: 2018
running time: 8 min.
Central European Premiere

synopsis

A digital miniature in which the form into which the image is deconstructed emphasizes the things we leave in our wake – trajectories of movement, actions, decisions, gestures. This guide of the traces we leave behind dissolves into a depiction of the things that remain; the simple visual approach raises the imperative of understanding the consequences of the movements of mind, body, and things.

"Choreography of an imaginary journey 
Color / 7 minutes 40" P. Bokanowski

biography

Patrick Bokanowski (1943) tears down our assumptions regarding the essence of the cinematic medium. His visual experimentation with contrasts, compositions, rhythm, and perspective inexorably shatters documentary’s lens of supposed objectivity and attacks the reliability of the viewer’s senses. His experiments take on the form of a sensory amusement park that grinds down the bizarreness of everyday reality and offers the viewer an uplifting, intimate experience.

 

more about film

producer: Patrick Bokanowski
hudba: Bokanowski Michèle

other films in the section

Exhumation
Desire without its object is like an image made unrecognizable by cutting out its parts; by scratching away part of the visible image, the image becomes a hole sliced into a pained body, fumbling about for what is missing, seeking physical contact and tangible proof of co-existence.  ""Exhumation" is my interpretation of the reports of Dali's death mask recently. I worked to physically peel back layers of representation to reveal disintegrated memories of figures that once were." D. McIntyre  
personal program

Exhumation

Daniel McIntyre
Canada / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Wanderlust Iteration #1
64 trees in a valley are presented in 3D, becoming both the object and space for every eye – exteriorized on the basis of various principles. The filmmaker continues to explore various possible approaches to spatial representation of creates ingeniously thrilling wanderings among images. "Stereo3D films shall be done of such a kind that they make no - or another - sense than if they where only in mono2D. What we know from flat filmmaking is no help." B. Speidel  
personal program

Wanderlust Iteration #1

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Latency Contemplation 3
The disappearance of flowing textures of fluid and rocky landscapes alternates with patterns set in a grid of homogenous horizontals in a simple lyricism of hypnotic image and sound compositions and views of unexpected rhythms in flowing montages. "My ongoing questioning of the oscillations between my internal visions and the outer world comes with its own intrinsic intuition and metamorphoses my perceptions." S. Cho  
personal program

Latency Contemplation 3

Seoungho Cho
South Korea, United States / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
#57
A visualization of the workings of the high-frequency oscillators once used to test military sonars and medical ultrasound devices is juxtaposed with abstract illustrations of a Chinese mathematician’s differential equations, and their visualization through analogue computer processes shows the subtle exactness of changing textures.  "Technology is a deforming mirror that shows us what humans think and do. For that reason I make my work in a dialogue with machines that I develop myself, trying to learn from what they tell us." J. Rekveld
personal program

#57

Joost Rekveld
Netherlands / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
The Shifting Sands
Philosophical reflections on Israel blend into a personal struggle for identity: The filmmaker’s father came to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1946 as a Jewish refugee. The call for harmonic co-existence is imprinted in the falling grains from one image into another. Some of the scenes come from the documentary film Israel: Land of Destiny (1977, dir. Jacques Madvo).  "By constructing the film entirely with an optical printer, moving images and pictures are drawn to rhythm and meaning. The philosophical words of Martin Buber invokes the reflection upon the reality." M. Piller  
personal program

The Shifting Sands

Madi Piller
Canada / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Wax and Feathers
A sensitive, impressive collage of intimate reflections, detailed observations, fragments of memories, and visual and musical allusions conducts an imaginary dialogue about how memory works and identity construction with a father who died a year earlier."What is a film if not collective dreaming made by conscious minds. Symbolism and myths are present in both dreams and films and rely on our memory and imagination for relating to the produced imagery." M. Lizides   
personal program

Wax and Feathers

Marios Lizides
Cyprus, United Kingdom / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Bed and the Street
Protests against austerity measures, read as an expression of resistance to the state, are intermingled with an expression of intimate consonance. A demonstration of connection, this essayistic collage blurs the boundaries between private and public as it reflects on the politics of co-existence. "What if the revolution started at home, in the micro-politics of hand to hand, of our kitchen life, our bedroom life? If we said no to the old models of family, could we bring together bed and street?" M. Hoolboom, H. Frise  
personal program

The Bed and the Street

Mike Hoolboom, Heather Frise
Canada / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Escape Agents
A re-construction of the illegal smuggling of a family across the border from East to West Berlin in 1988. Told in photographs, the film shows a chilling story of escape in the trunk of a car and an encounter with agents of the East German secret police. The images’ unknown origin adds a sense of the universal and calls into question the course of events.  "While researching my first feature, I stumbled across these photos in the Stasi archives and decided to try to make a story around them. I was shocked when I found out the true identity of the people " S. Calonico  
personal program

The Escape Agents

Scott Calonico
Germany, German Democratic Republic, United Kingdom / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Nutrition Fugue
This ironic found-footage collage created from raw footage originally shot for the Közért (“For the Public”) retail chain, a state-run network of shops in Hungary during communism, shows the problems of eating and nutrition in state-run economies, lives and images. "35 mm reels of socialist food advertisements were put in the soil to rot and decay." P. Lichter  
personal program

Nutrition Fugue

Péter Lichter
Hungary / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
La Mesa
Genre conventions cleverly broken down with animations, breaking through the scenery of rural Mexico, where in the area surrounding the director’s family farm, symbols of stories of physical desire conceal a layer of idyllic childhood memories and come into conflict with the traditional concept of masculinity and identity expression.   "By centering queer desire within the story of my Mexican-American family, I validate my own lived experience as well as challenge popular representation of masculinity, power and vulnerability." A. G. Gomez  
personal program

La Mesa

Adrian Garcia Gomez
United States / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Blending and Blinding
Strictly working with the film material inside the camera, Tuohy updates slowly forgotten approaches to create a collage of architectural geometries. The monolithic nature of the image blurs the outlines of the buildings as the film frame disintegrates into grids cutting through the layers of the image in multiple exposures. The buildings depicted represent the cultures of the three main ethnic groups of Malaysia. "This film is dedicated to Paul Clipson and Robert Todd, both of whose works were specifically on my mind while filming this film in Malaysia in 2016." R. Tuohy  
personal program

Blending and Blinding

Richard Tuohy
Australia / 2018 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Inside
Fragments of a body chiseled from darkness carve out a study of a nude female figure, sensual at specific moments, and in places disappearing into digital darkness. A lyrical treatise on intimacy and secrecy and an implicit polemic with a voyeuristic gaze create a longing for constrained completeness. "I dissect the perception and the mental state that arise while being watched, penetrated and examined and the experience of the viewer, involuntary being forced to follow the gaze of the camera." T. Kjellmark  
personal program

Inside

Tove Kjellmark
Sweden / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
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