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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Acoustic Toothbrush

Acoustic Toothbrush

director: Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir
original title: Acoustic Toothbrush
country: Iceland
year: 2015
running time: 6 min.

synopsis

A performance by visual artist Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir, during which the author renders classical music compositions using a toothbrush and brushing her teeth. You will hear pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner as well as the notorious Happy Birthday melody.

biography

Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir is a Reykjavík-based visual artist and graduate of the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Ríkharðsdóttir’s work utilizes objects and images that are seen in many parts of everyday life, from advertisements to toothbrushes. Her work has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions in Iceland, as well as Sweden. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.

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director: Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir

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Fluctuations
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Fluctuations

María Dalberg
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section: Conference Fascinations
Man Looking for a Rainbow
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Man Looking for a Rainbow

Volodymyr Khmelytskyi
USSR / 1966 / 16 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Home Village
Sunlit images of kolkhoz farm workers during the harvest are interspersed with commentary celebrating rural collectivization and modernization. Yet strong lyrical tones of a disappearing world, old age, and loneliness permeate the ideological undertones of the film. Old villagers and half-demolished buildings symbolize the disappearing villages, deep-rootedness, and love for the land.

Home Village

Peep Puks, Peeter Tooming
Estonia / 1969 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Hello, Berlin!
Hello, Berlin! is a short film which utilizes found promotional footage of socialist Berlin juxtaposed with footage of an aggressive first date. In the film, Werner used colour footage of an ethereal socialist Berlin as a form of sarcasm which meshes with the imperfect first date; the sarcasm deriving from Eastern Germany’s contentious and fraying relationship with socialism.

Hello, Berlin!

Thomas Werner
Germany / 1987 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
The Seal
A man talks about life in a repressive society in this satirical critique of power and bureaucracy. The concept of a seal acts as a leitmotiv for the narrator’s milestones in life (birth, marriage, death). The film is one of Makavejev’s earlier works (it was made in 1955), but its story and message nevertheless remain timeless.

The Seal

Dušan Makavejev
Yugoslavia / 1955 / 18 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Pression
Šimunić uses double exposure to combine footage of people and scenes from 1970s Belgrade with garish images from television shows containing elements of pornography to create an illusory film. He joins scenes from everyday life with his penchant for erotica. This debut film, which took five years to make, uses visual games to explore the limits of the human perception.

Pression

Ljubomir Šimunić
Yugoslavia / 1975 / 15 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Termites
An accidental spill of developer on the negative film resulted in moving splotches whose motion, accompanied by rhythmic banging on a radiator, resembles a swarm of insects. Although Šamec intended his film as a parody of avant-garde movies, it was named best experimental film at the Genre Experimental Film Festival in Zagreb.

Termites

Milan Šamec
Yugoslavia / 1963 / 2 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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The Baltic Way
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The Baltic Way

Arūnas Matelis, Audrius Stonys
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section: Conference Fascinations
Get Ready for an Entrance
A socio-critical reflection based on memories from the end of the war and post-war reconstruction. A meditative commentary on the state and future of the world is accompanied by memories of witnesses of various professions and a collage of archival materials from the theatre, workers’ meetings and celebrations, and scenes from factories, theatres, and childcare institutions.
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Get Ready for an Entrance

Ihor Minaev
USSR / 1975 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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Toothache

Toothache

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Iceland / 2011 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus
An observational film that won the grand prize at the Oberhausen film festival; considered to be a manifesto of the post-Soviet generation of documentary filmmakers using the observation method. The film, without commentary, uses its immersive visual poetics to draw the viewer into the lives of ordinary people in the historical areas of Vilnius.

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Arūnas Matelis
Lithuania / 1990 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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Water supply

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section: Conference Fascinations
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