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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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1/8

director: Rei Hayama
original title: 1/8
country: Japan
year: 2017
running time: 13 min.

synopsis

The film’s title refers to the sharpness of human vision when compared to that of a hawk. The deformations and blurriness of the image, dependent on the density of photoreceptors, hide concreteness. The allusion to the myth of Icarus addresses questions of distance and clarity, while the meticulous rhythm of the narrative develops the themes of point of view and falling from great heights.

“This film focuses on the world that exists outside of stories. By destroying the main story of man, I wanted to discover all that has been erased from him or that is trapped outside of him.” R. Hayama

biography

For Japanese artist Rei Hayama (1987), film is a tool for finding harmony between man and the world around us. A graduate of Tokyo’s Tama Art University, she creates videos in which she uses symbols from nature and her own music to compare the perception of nature by humans and by animals. Her works have been exhibited in Tokyo and at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image and have been shown at festivals.

more about film

director: Rei Hayama
producer: Rei Hayama
photography: Rei Hayama
editing: Rei Hayama
music: Frederic Mompou
sound: Rei Hayama

other films in the section

Mayhem
Minor irregularities are transformed into an elemental disorder of growing, jumping, decaying and reappearing bubbles, only to become focused into a circle of changing colors. Using digital tools, the author depicts the simple process by which water boils and cools again. Japanese experimental filmmaker, producer, and computer artist Yoshiki Nishimura has shown several of his films at previous editions of the Jihlava IDFF. In Fascinating Moments (2014) he followed the choreography of snowflakes, An Observation (2013) is a composition of upside images of the sea, and Orbiting (2015) explored the changing light of the moon as it shines through a visually manipulated digital image.“By using different media, we have great possibilities of expanding our views of reality into various directions.”

Mayhem

Yoshiki Nishimura
Japan / 2016 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Matters Of Time
A matrix of experiences and reflections from the author’s journeys between Berlin and Hiroshima was constructed by gushing together systems containing from 4 (or 2 times 2) to 625 (25x25) artist’s Facebook statuses in 7 identically long intervals of time. A suggestive accumulation of images evokes oversaturation in which the meaning and uniqueness of individual moments get lost. "There is a tension between past en presence I like to explore. Contemplating the riddles of cause and effect, may be. No text, no word, experience. Nothing logical within a conceptual framework." T. Mohr     
personal program

Matters Of Time

Thomas Mohr
Netherlands / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Trembling Giant
A view of the landscape of the American Southwest, where the largest organism on Earth grows – a 60,000-year-old colony of quaking aspens – was filmed with a digital camera through the take-up reel of a 16mm projector in order to emphasize the characteristic effect of projected film material which rhythmically warps the space in front of the projector. Patrick Tarrant (1969) is originally from Melbourne, Australia and teaches at London South Bank University. He is the author of meditative films, that draw on the atmosphere of cities and urban peripheries.“My repurposing of a 16mm film projector warps space in three dimensions in order that we might reflect on our journey from a people who feared the natural world to people who must now fear for the natural world.”

The Trembling Giant

Patrick Tarrant
United Kingdom / 2016 / 19 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Exterior Extended
Thirty-six frames of 35mm film in dizzyingly rapid compositions create a study of the viewer’s spatial perception. Photographs taken in the ruins of a rural house always take the viewpoint from the inside out. A layering of compositions and negative and positives, sometime alternating, sometimes mixed together in order to create an illusion of changing depth and distance from the outside that we are forbidden from entering. The combination of the rectangles of the walls and windows in the tapering perspective creates horizons within horizons, thus building a completely new house on screen.

Exterior Extended

Siegfried Alexander Fruhauf
Austria / 2013 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
below
A surface rhythmised by reappearing image segments of a forest, gets projects during a walk, brought about also by the sound, into a space in which black-and-white and colour footage reveals monochromatic parts. These build up to create an effect of the third dimension, pulling our view into the depth and turning the ingenious schedule of the whole into a cognitive game using 3D representation."Below is not so much about borne suffering or the history of a memorial place. It tells more about the relation of depth-time and space-duration being interwoven in every moment of an image. " B. Spiegel
personal program

below

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Sight
The landscape as seen anew by hand-manipulating the film stock gives rise to a geometry of trees and meadows. The soundtrack is subjected to similar chemical changes as the image. The film was made on the farm of Canadian director Philip Hoffman, where he hosts a workshop every summer at which beginning and experienced filmmakers learn to work with film material.The horizons created by the emulsion transform the row of trees into a forest with sporadic bursts of light from the sky, or into a blank spot on the film.

The Sight

Jeremy Moss
Canada, United States / 2012 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Boat People
As essayistic meditation on mass movements of people since the Second World War, including today’s mass flight from war, the possibility of death and environmental catastrophe. Images of the natural elements and scenes taken from the films of, among others, Humphrey Jennings or Derek Jarman explore the relationship between the representation of movements and ideas. “Notes from a country gripped by sudden political insularity: Boat People explores the meaning of welcome and the age-old possibilities of hospitality.” S. Wood

Boat People

Sarah Wood
United Kingdom / 2016 / 22 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
For Delia
Made on 35mm film without the use of a camera, this film is dedicated to British musician and composer of electronic and concrete music Delia Derbyshire. The filmmaker works with drawings of Derbyshire’s scores and visualizations of her sound and music inventions, accompanied by a musical collage of sound compositions for theater performances. British filmmaker Mary Stark’s artistic roots are in textile design, which she uses as inspiration for her films. Her audiovisual works experiment with the sounds of factories and recording and projection equipment. Besides making films, she also creates audiovisual installations in which she works with the human body, light, shadow, and the materiality of the filmstrip.“My approach is led by directly handling the filmstrip and considering film as a sculptural mass, exploring how it can be presented as a visible tactile material and placed centre stage.”

For Delia

Mary Stark
United Kingdom / 2016 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
not even nothing can be free of ghosts
Made without a camera, using algorithms programmed to respond to the rhythm of light, this film explores the topology of dark space and tests the senses through vibrating light compositions whose rhythm of appearing and disappearing leaves a trace in the viewers’ minds even after they have left the darkness of the cinema. Austrian-born visual artist Rainer Kohlberger (1982) lives and works in Berlin. He creates experimental films, installations, and videos using algorithms to generate animations that he accompanies with life performance. He is a recipient of the ZKM AppArtAward for artistic innovation. His works test the limits of the viewer’s senses and play with the imperfection and subjectivity of human perception.“In my film, created out of ‘nothing’ with the help of algorithms, a constant pulse unveils materiality in a condition between being and non-being, since matter is merely vacuum fluctuations.”

not even nothing can be free of ghosts

Rainer Kohlberger
Austria, Germany / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
La Notte Salva
Tiny animals of different kinds were filmed by night and then magnified under semi-transparent spherical glasses. The activity of constantly moving organisms subjected to magnification results in unexpected images of unrest, changeability, migration and creativity in altering shapes. „La notte salva is a path of sensations that attempts to gather around its nature without revealing it, without opening itself to any human language.“ G. Boccassini
personal program

La Notte Salva

Giuseppe Boccassini
Germany, Italy / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Man in Motion, 2012
Inspired by the analysis of movement in the studies of Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey, the filmmakers depict the movement of a person going upstairs – except that they use a mirror effect to give the images a new sense of time existing outside of reality, and they replace an analysis of motion with a construction of infinite reproduction.The original chronophotography enabled the depiction of the individual stages of motion through a series of photographs. In the 1870s, such photographs were taken using a flash exposure of a thousandth of a second.

Man in Motion, 2012

Christophe M. Saber, Ruben Glauser, Max Idje
Switzerland / 2013 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Buffalo Death Mask
The filmmaker’s personal conversation with Canadian author Stephen Andrews about living with HIV is an intimate look at extreme situations and difficult-to-describe states of body and mind. The openness of the conversation reveals the maturity of meditations on sharing, isolation, the relationship to physical changes, and the subtle boundary between life and death. Footage from various sources and periods in the filmmaker’s life is complemented with hand-written titles that emphasize the film’s diary-like nature with a sense for detail, with the sensitive inclusion of self-reflection when describing relationships or counting pills.

Buffalo Death Mask

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2013 / 23 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
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