28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Marie-Magdalena Kochová
original title: Apparatgeist
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 11 min.


The concept of Apparatgeist expresses how mankind’s relationship with technology evolves and how it transforms our social contacts. In a similar fashion to the authors of this theory, James E. Katz and Mark Aakhus, the film’s director has also focused on the current phenomenon of mobile phones. It takes us to an allegorical space of the apparatgeist, a barren, inhospitable place where cell phones act as small windows into different worlds of internet mundanity and bizarreness, and as a reflection of our interaction with a digital device.

“How much do we hide behind our smartphones and use them to expose ourselves? To what extent is it possible to imprint ourselves into images composed of ones and zeros?” M.-M. Kochová


Marie-Magdalena Kochová (1994) studied new media at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and is currently studying at the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. Her author's report, Interlocker 1, won the Aramis Prize of FamuFest in 2017. Her film Will the World Remember Your Name? was presented at the Ji.hlava IDFF 2017 in the Czech Joy section.

more about film

director: Marie-Magdalena Kochová
producer: Ondřej Šejnoha
script: Josef Kokta, Marie-Magdalena Kochová
photography: Ludvík Otevřel
editing: Marie-Magdalena Kochová
music: Adam Kratochvíl
sound: Anna Jesenská
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