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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz

Exprmntl.cz is a competition survey of the latest Czech experimental films that touch upon reality and never cease in their search for new ways of expressing reality through classical and digital film.

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A state of mind: Free fall
Stairs leading from nowhere to nowhere, narrow shafts, bridges, ladders from which we fall in our dreams. A string of raster photographs depicting different places imitates a course of dreaming, making the subconscious look real. Frightfully unfamiliar images from the archives of collective memory sneak into the most inward corners of our existence.
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A state of mind: Free fall

Andrea Sobotková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Anomaly
A metacommentary movie about a movie, in which the director and the cameraman are filming a report about the extinction of butterflies and ecosystem collapse, while in the editing room they polemise about ways to communicate clearly and comment on their dramaturgical decisions, as well as express frustration with the difficulty of reaching a modern audience with more complex communication.
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Anomaly

Eva Lammelová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 22 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Apart
In her short, emotional film about life after the loss of a loved one, the author enthrallingly deals with a difficult topic, using techniques of both feature and animated film. Real experiences of the narrators, accompanied by an animated reconstruction of the painful situation, create a mournful insight into the thoughts of three young people untimely exposed to death.
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Apart

Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Czech Republic / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Below the Black Sun
Short postdigital meteorological film poem about black sun and its light, mostly composed of manipulated found footage materials combined with original music. The main storyline is derived from the remixed section of the 1967 film Above the Horizon by American meteorological company.
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Below the Black Sun

Kilián Kuděla
Czech Republic / 2018 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Buffer Zone Blues
The almost hallucinogenic whirlwind of virtual views of potential targets of a nuclear attack in a “buffer zone” shows the viewer an unpleasant proximity of total destruction, which threatened Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. The visuality of the film, reminiscent of direction finding, was created using the data from Google Maps.
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Buffer Zone Blues

Franz Milec
Czech Republic / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
European Premiere
Dog Days
imperfect media image can make you give in to emotional illusions. The combination of animation and stable shots of the forest ground is accompanied by the author’s comment on the absurdity of the situation presented.
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Dog Days

Martina Holá
Czech Republic / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Extraction
A metaphorical reflection on social exclusion using the participation method reveals the relationship between young Ukrainian Elizaveta and her mother, a dentist. A gritty analogy of an extracted tooth, social essentials, and spiritual purity play out on the screen as a conflict of alienating details and an intimate tableau of family life.
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Extraction

Kateřina Hroníková
Slovakia / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
How to Stop Watching a Video That Never Ends
A film essay based on the conflict between decorative shots from a bird’s eye perspective and three mechanical, linearly-connected monologues dissects the subconsciousness of an individual saturated with a multitude of differing choices, opinions, and possibilities in the numbers-driven age of digital media.
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How to Stop Watching a Video That Never Ends

Jan Martinec
Taiwan, China, Czech Republic / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Insection
The slow movement of various species of insect in an abstract, brightly lit setting creates suggestive allusions to incontrollable chaos, apathy, and the decay of social structures. The minimalist visual imagery is accompanied by ambient music that works with realistic sound and static. 
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Insection

Michal Kindernay
Czech Republic / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Moss Ball
In a world where wildlife loses its place, there is a need to replace it. The allusion to a trailer advertising the soft green moss ball breaks down the distance between the sterile human habitat and the sea plant popularized as an organic element of any home.
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Moss Ball

Anežka Horová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Not Shown
Blinking icons, pop-up windows, a blaring alarm clock, and the blipping of unread messages are normal parts of our everyday lives. The creator turns her back on the endless stream of information and attempts to escape from the world of modern communication technologies for at least five minutes to devote some attention to herself.
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Not Shown

Markéta Petříčková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Prologue Of Signum Supra
Signum Supra presents art as a shamanic ritual, as an aestheticized tool materializing principles that cannot be grasped by consciousness. Gripping structures that resemble rocks and landscape contours float in indeterminate space, serving as a springboard for contemplating the patterns of perception beyond the visible and the tangible.
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Prologue Of Signum Supra

Kryštof Brůha
Czech Republic / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
puddles, I don’t know
Dry ground, gravel, cracks in the asphalt, a look into a microscope, and a weather map as parts of an associative string based on the theme of waiting for the rain. The visual poem shows the soil in close-ups, adding new visual and semantic layers. 
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puddles, I don’t know

Anna Petruželová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Sequence
A melancholic metaphor depicts transportation links and the logistical construction of a futuristic view of a dark, sterile environment. Fluorescent machines and vehicles that serve man live their own lives until their last moment, when they fall into pieces of the material from which they were constructed.
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Sequence

Jakub Korselt
Czech Republic / 2018 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Solar Projection
Technology as a silent witness to the permanent movement of celestial bodies... The light installation visualizes the arrival and departure of daylight as contemplation and a dramatic process. By condensing one day into a few minutes, it thematizes the passage of time and the cyclicity of natural processes.
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Solar Projection

Jakub Rajnoch
Czech Republic / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
The conglomerate eternity
An archaeologically significant site diffuses its memory through levels of the myths, rituals, and folk tales in an essayist discourse on the forms of historical continuity. Absence of contact sound and minimalist music emphasizing the visual motifs of both alive and inanimate tracks in the landscape.
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The conglomerate eternity

Petr Pololáník
Czech Republic / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
The Moor Demon
An engraving by Josef Váchal and a text by writer Karel Klostermann have inspired the author to lament the endangered integrity of the Bohemian Forest, suffering from civilization more than ever before. The visual evocation of an old film suggests the timeless nature of environmental problems that have plagued the wild and lovely Bohemian Forest for a long time.
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The Moor Demon

Magdalena Kašparová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
noimage
Civilization at the Crossroads: The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Future of Socialism in Educational Films of the Sixties The screening is a precursor to the exhibition The Self-Awareness of Science: The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Limits of Emancipation, which will open in December 2018 at Prague’s Display and FUTURA galleries. The exhibition will look at the activities in the 1960s of an interdisciplinary research team led by philosopher Radovan Richta that was expected to present a vision for “the new Czechoslovak model of socialism.” The advent of cybernetics and automatization was expected to help create a more humane socialist society in which people would be liberated from manual labor and from preexisting ideological authorities and predefined roles. The exhibition, which is being prepared by a team of historians, curators, and artists, tries to find the fine line between the liberating potential of science and technology and their use for maintaining and cementing technocratic power or authoritarian regimes. Its aim is to reconstruct the interdisciplinary dialogue of the 1960s, which has recently taken on new meaning, in particular in relation to the subjects of automatization, a society without work, or climate change.   The screening is part of the project “Shape the Future! The Concept of the Science-Technical Revolution,” organized as part of the program “Strategies AV21: Europe and the State: Between Barbarism and Civilization” (Czech Academy of Sciences, 2018)  
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The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Future of Socialism in Educational Films of the Sixties

120 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
The Weather of Time
A metaphorical weather forecast portrays human emotions and sentiments in confrontation with contemporary social debates. The lightly satirical tone of the tv moderator’s presentation accompanies a video collage featuring a central motif of the Earth in which Africa is shrouded by clouds of existential questions and a spiritual crisis front threatens Europe.
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The Weather of Time

Adéla Součková, Zdeněk Durdil
Czech Republic / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
This Kind of Spring Has Never Been Yet
This personal essay relates the perception of space to the mental universe of screenwriter and director Pavel Juráček who found his “truly ideal place” in the town of Příbram. The sensitive combination of journal entries, intimate notes, and film fragments tries to break down conventional storytelling techniques to build an original world of timeless thinking.
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This Kind of Spring Has Never Been Yet

Tereza Kozáková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 21 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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