23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
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Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, Australia / 2018 / 68 min.
section: First Lights
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
Netherlands / 2018 / 14 min.
Central European Premiere
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
Portugal / 2018 / 40 min.
section: Opus Bonum
The film 29 26 is an audiovisual recording of the thoughts and feelings of two sixteen-year-old and two nineteen-year-old girls, who in monologues reveal their concerns and ideas about the life they’ll lead in ten years. The director underscores their speech with stylized and realistic images of themselves, acquired under varying circumstances and on different materials, thus creating an original work of art connecting elements of multiple artistic areas that are close to the author. Long shots of the protagonists’ faces, captured in great detail, are highlighted with expressive illumination and interleaved with poetic, experimentally conceived passages.„‘The world grows with fear next to us‘“ - 29 26, tries to be an intimate and honest tribute/portrait about growing up. Together we create a new space, between performance and film hoping to remember who we were one day.“ P. Velho
3 Dreams of Horses
Canada / 2018 / 6 min.
Raw film material consists in part of gelatin, which is made of the skin and bones of animals, including horses. The traces of light that shape our audiovisual dreams are thus imprinted on parts of animal bodies. Through the subtle use of audio, this found-footage collage focuses on images of the horse as an attraction, an animal of burden, and a mythological creature. "In 1900 there were 130,000 working horses in Manhattan. Horses were a central part of our lives. Jeremy Bentham: "The question is not: can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?" M. Hoolboom
38/79 Sentimental Punk
Austria / 1979 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Author emigrated to the U.S. in 1978. He took 36 photographs at a San Francisco punk festival that he later re-shot in a home screening room from a slide projector, composing them according to a rhythmic plan, thus creating a fragile recording of fretful action.
section: Game Zone
This visually elaborate virtual exhibition space introduces an exploration of the basic mechanisms and visual qualities of games from the turn of the millennium into the level of digital galleries, thus enabling the presentation, within the medium of digital games, of student works as well as the work of artists selected by the students themselves. Currently exhibiting is Martin Lacko.
A Few Words about Disobedience
Míša Weingartová, Tereza Langrová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 9 min.
section: My Street Films
In the Czech Republic, where democracy is on the decline and a populist movement rules, it may seem as if the issue of climate change has been relegated to the background. The environmental initiative Limity jsme my / The Limits Are Us uses civic disobedience, whereby the participants knowingly break the law, to draw attention to this problem. Disobedience, which traditionally bears a negative connotation, is a path towards emancipation and change.
A Generation Without a Monument
Czechoslovakia / 1964 / 28 min.
section: Cinéma vérité in the 1960s CZ doc.cinema
The filmmakers managed to capture the atmosphere of the establishment and operations of small format theaters in Czechoslovakia. As the example of “provincial” theaters across the republic demonstrates, free and satirical works were able to spring up in the relaxed 1960s in various corners of our country, even in the poor conditions that these theaters operated in.
A Holiday in the Era of Steam
Czech Republic / 2018 / 57 min.
This unique docureality show will take the viewers to the times of the industrial revolution when nothing was for free, capitalism was in its infancy, and there was a great inequality in the society. In Zora Cejnková’s unique experiment, three groups of people are cut off from the achievements of modern civilization to start a hunt for money at Mr Kohoutek’s factory.
A Letter to a Friend in Gaza
Israel / 2018 / 34 min.
section: Special Event
A film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict whose author shows uncompromising disapproval of the Gaza blockade, trying to stir responsibility in Israelis for their actions. As his basic tool, he uses readings of thematic stories and poems by Albert Camus, Mahmoud Darwish, Yizhar Smilansky and others.
A Night Out
Czech Republic / 2018 / 14 min.
section: FAMU Presents
A film about a young man discovering himself though his transsexuality. While on most days, he's a man named Víťa, sometimes he becomes a woman called Aurélie. We witness a unique insight into his physical and mental transformation with the participation of Libuše the photographer. The film consists of Libuše's photographs and conversations of the two protagonists.
A Song about Carpathian Ruthenia
Czechoslovakia / 1937 / 11 min.
section: Czechoslovak Orient
There is no end to the mountains, the mists, the ancestral forests, where the wood perishes, where shadow has the scent of death... Vladimír Šmeral's haunting commentary accompanies the cinematography of Václav Hanuš – showing deep, impenetrable mists. In both words and images, Carpathian Ruthenia is lyrical and wild, a country of myth and poetry. These epithets define both the natural setting and the cinematography, featuring a dynamic subjective camera scene of woodmen on a raft, while the Sabbath celebrations of local Jews have an almost oriental feel. This poetic travelogue by Jiří Weiss is a late blossom of the avant-garde, with the shadow of the new war already looming.more