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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Abstract Horror
Abstract Horror
Abstract Horror
Abstract Horror

Abstract Horror

director: Franz Milec
original title: Abstract Horror
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 19 min.

synopsis

The philosophical dystopia presents warning outlines of the near future where modern technology will not be a sign of progress, but rather decline. Behind the layer of film images, there is a monster created by computer animation, whose abstract virtual body represents the invisible ideological administration.

biography

Slovak multimedia artist Franz Milec (1993) has studied at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He combines film and data visualization. The Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival has already presented his films I Couldn´t Help But Wonder (2014), Loathing... (2017), and Buffer Zone Blues (2018).

more about film

director: Franz Milec
cast: Nick Land
producer: Klára Zitová
music: Toyota Vangelis
sound: Martin Blauber

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