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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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#3511

director: Isaac Stillwell
original title: #3511
country: Australia, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland
year: 2018
running time: 68 min.
World Premiere

synopsis

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

biography

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

more about film

producer: Violaine Mussault, Corinne Woittequand
script: Isaac Stillwell
photography: Stillwell Isaac
editing: Stillwell Isaac
sound: Olivier Charre

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