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22nd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Laboratorium

Laboratorium, the now-traditional exhibition part of the Fascinations experimental film section, offers video installations of eorks that can be entered into in various points of their duration and can therefore be seen several times. Laboratorim is located in the foyer of the DKO 1.

film database

al bahr
This experiment of a film created by nature itself is reminiscent of the tradition of working with natural influences and film material. Here, the sea current moves the camera in Mahdia, Tunisia, while the audio track consists of the sound of sand and stones colliding with the recording equipment.

al bahr

Fairuz Ghammam
Tunisia, Belgium / 2018 / 17 min.
section: Laboratorium
World Premiere
Blue - rise before demise
Venice, surrounded by water, is near its demise because of climate change. This virtual journey shows one of the causes of the disruption of natural ecosystems: the crisis state of excess plastic waste that accumulates in the ocean. Inhabitants of the North Pole, where mountains of waste are washed up, are also battling this situation. 

Blue - rise before demise

Michael Geidel
Germany / 2018 / 20 min.
section: Laboratorium
World Premiere
Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor
First attempts to capture movement. Performance using one’s own body. Exploring depth of field, contrast manipulation and image color. In her triple portrait, the filmmaker introduces the diverse energy of prominent feminist filmmakers, showing them in the places where they find their greatest creative inspiration and letting them reflect about cinema.

Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor

Lynne Sachs
United States / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Laboratorium
East European Premiere
Dobrodošlica.
Stop motion animation puts the forest landscape into motion, which, stripped of its specific contours, becomes a dynamic abstract structure. The absence of sound emphasizes the perception of the forest not as a definite object, but as a set of shapes and colors.

Dobrodošlica.

Davorin Marc
Slovenia / 2017 / 3 min.
section: Laboratorium
East European Premiere
Folklor
A subversive black and white styled satire reveals the masculine dimension of folk songs. The provocative and explicit film uses folk motifs like wine, cherries, apples or roses to fetishize the female body as an object of male sexual desire. Its sharp criticism enables it to unmask the image of women in popular culture.

Folklor

Barbora Kropáčová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 11 min.
section: Laboratorium
World Premiere
China Not China
Multiple exposures of street scenes in Hong Kong and Taiwan transform street traffic into an organically flowing stream of lights and obscure contours, drawing attention to the unstable and penetrable boundaries between autonomy and China's influence.

China Not China

Richard Tuohy
Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR China / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Laboratorium
European Premiere
In Film/On Video
Experiment on the co-existence of film stock with VHS tape. In this case, the media do not fight, but they need each other in order for the work to function. The film strip is a skeleton onto which pieces of variously disrupted VHS tape are attached.

In Film/On Video

Ignacio Tamarit
Argentina / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Laboratorium
Czech Premiere
Maze of Noumenon
Events and phenomena are perceived by the senses and understood through thought. Noumena, as the opposite of phenomena, are “pure thoughts”, existing only in rational understanding. Duan Tianran explores the limits of our perception with this film, and using animation, he tries to make noumena accessible even to sensory perception.

Maze of Noumenon

Tianran Duan
China / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Laboratorium
East European Premiere
Momentum 142310
This computer animation shows space refracted by texture and further elaborates it. A tangle of lines creates and changes space. Movement along an unstable construction creates its own narrative, which causes panic because of its utter impermanence. The animation is accompanied by music composed for it.

Momentum 142310

Manuel Knapp
Austria / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Laboratorium
East European Premiere
Spring – a River & the Raging River
In this purely observant episode, the audience will have a chance to explore life at the sacred Ganges River considered to be in the goddess and the mother of all rivers in the Indian Vedas.  Small stories taking place on the river may give us an insight into the everyday life of India in different seasons.

Spring – a River & the Raging River

Rola Shamas
India, Lebanon / 2017 / 420 min.
section: Laboratorium
World Premiere
Sumie
This monochrome film, shot using long exposures and a moving camera, creates a unique world due to the indeterminate shapes of lights and shadows. Nevertheless, the human eye and mind have a tendency to recognize images of the familiar and the everyday even in chaos.

Sumie

Hajime Kawaguchi
Japan / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Laboratorium
International Premiere
Timelines (2/1)
Thomas Mohr posted the contributions of his friends and the institutions he follows on his own Facebook wall. He then used this collection of statuses as the material for his collage: using an algorithm to reduce their size and arrange them in various ways, he created a stream that evokes the congestion caused by daily batches of information.

Timelines (2/1)

Thomas Mohr
Netherlands / 2018 / 13 min.
section: Laboratorium
World Premiere