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22nd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Fascinations: Home

Home as a multi-layered concept is at once the framework, starting point and focus of this retrospective. At times it takes the shape of an actual home, at others it’s an invisible link connecting experiences or events, or a decisive factor that determines the perception of surroundings in the eyes of a migrant.

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38/79 Sentimental Punk
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.

38/79 Sentimental Punk

Kurt Kren
Austria / 1979 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Dejavu
A narratively inventive image of preparations for moving from a temporary home back to one’s homeland focuses on the topic of perception of time of borderline situations, referring to the story of Kurdish immigrants, many of whom came back to Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s fall, yet there is still one family that, though they set out on a homecoming journey, have never made it home.

Dejavu

Atefeh Khademolreza
Canada / 2018 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
World Premiere
Films by Stan Brakhage: An Avant-Garde Home Movie
Everyday activities over the course of a week, captured in spontaneous multiple exposures on film that had been previoulsy exposed to fire. The director thus shot the film with an awareness that it may not capture any images at all. It shows a private setting in which he later shot many other films, although in this case the main elements are created in the camera.

Films by Stan Brakhage: An Avant-Garde Home Movie

Stan Brakhage
United States / 1961 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Czech Premiere
Ghosts Before Breakfast
A legendary film from the interwar avantgarde period is an ultimate showcase of experimental methods ranging from the reverse camera motion and time-lapse recording through work with negative images and strange camera angles to various methods of animation. In variously distorted symmetries a house, a tree, weapons, men and hats show up.

Ghosts Before Breakfast

Hans Richter
Germany / 1928 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Czech Premiere
Glimpse of the Garden
Roots of joys in the garden in a lyrical survey that was later followed by many similar works of avant-garde cinema. Delicate details of plants, flowers, leaves and birdsong build up in a wild yet times slow-moving montage emphasizing drops of water and light.

Glimpse of the Garden

Marie Menken
United States / 1957 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Czech Premiere
Happy-End
A joyful found-footage collage in which a man and a woman celebrate, laugh, and dance amidst champagne and a Sachertorte. The editing and image maniplation combine to create an idyllic sense of joy from being together. The footage, which is ordered from end to beginning, culminates in a flutter of dancing film frames.

Happy-End

Peter Tscherkassky
Austria / 1996 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
HOME
Home seen as an array of experiences, emotions and views. It can be found on the road as well; a stable place is not a condition of its existence. Inner sensation as a defining starting point is reflected in the observations of people and clouds in one place and on the road.

HOME

Muhammad Anwar Hossain
Bangladesh / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
World Premiere
Home
Household objects of everyday use become the subjects of unusual use for analogue displaying apparatuses, and the following experiments with electronic effects transform them into explosions of psychedelic imagination resembling Magritte’s paintings.

Home

Woody Vasulka, Steina Vasulka
United States / 1973 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Czech Premiere
Home Stories
Exposure of narrative patterns in a precise choreography of gestures, movements and facial expressions taken from 1950s' and 1960s' Hollywood melodramas turns our attention to ways of building up tension and formal patterns as well as to women becoming subjects of voyeurism and watching, while the soundtrack emphasizes narrative stereotypes.

Home Stories

Matthias Müller
Germany / 1990 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Home Was Never Like This
A house on the outskirts of town, filmed in static images and with a subtly provocative voiceover storytelling, becomes a critical meditation on the concept of the home as a site of relationships and anchoring but also about the possibilities for its transformation.

Home Was Never Like This

Midi Onodera
Canada / 1983 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Immigrants Landing on Ellis Island
People from all the nations of Europe disembark on the island that, between 1892 and 1954, was the main gate of entry for millions of immigrants to America. In four different shots, we see elegantly and modestly dressed women, men and children with their luggage as they set foot on the land of their dreams and their new home.

Immigrants Landing on Ellis Island

Alfred Camille
United States / 1903 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
European Premiere
In My Car
A suggestively intimate narration in borrowed images and story fragments forms this classic piece of Canadian experimental film. A fleeting sensation of home and realization of creative force confronted with invasive frameworks of collective consciousness leads to an imaginary squabble with imagination.

In My Car

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 1998 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Lions
This miniature flick presents an extensive essay on ways of watching, perception and rebellion against indoctrination and control. Making decisions about life choices serves as a parallel to ways of watching, interpretation and experience which may even lead to forgetting one’s own body. 

Lions

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2018 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
World Premiere
Little Dog for Roger
Wavering images of the author and his mother taking a riverside walk with their dog are shown in frames of the film along with the edges ingeniously copied so that the visible spectrum of a 9.5mm format along with the endings (beginnings) of the image runs are discernible.

Little Dog for Roger

Malcolm Le Grice
United Kingdom / 1967 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
Czech Premiere
New Life
The film was commissioned by an exhibition of architecture and interior design in Basel to show modernity’s progressiveness in compartison to conservative architecture. Through editing that emphasizes geometry, form, and rhythm, the film shows how many of the works of the interwar avant-garde were made on commission.

New Life

Hans Richter
Switzerland, Germany / 1930 / 20 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
East European Premiere
Where She Stood In The First Place.
Quiet images of Baker Lake, the only inland settlement in the Canadian Arctic, situated amidst the inhospitable landscape at the geographic centre of Canada in the territory of Nunavut, show the traces of human presence.

Where She Stood In The First Place.

Lindsay McIntyre
Canada / 2010 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
East European Premiere
Windy Ledge Farm
A noteworthy amateur filmmaker sets out to register impressive images of life on a family farm, taking notice of subtle situations and details which show a passion for the factual and the poetic, and coming up with a sketch of cycle of the changing seasons in the countryside.

Windy Ledge Farm

Elizabeth Woodman Wright
United States / 1929 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Home
East European Premiere