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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Long Live the Antipodes!

Long Live the Antipodes!

director: Viktor Kossakovsky
original title: ¡Vivan las Antipodas!
country: Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Chile
year: 2011
running time: 104 min.

synopsis

It is hard to imagine a life more different than the one in the Brazilian Entre Rios and Chinese Shanghai. However, they do have something in common: they are both boarder towns connected through the middle of the earth. This geographical polarisation best represents cultural differences and lifestyle. Director Viktor Kossakovsky compared other countries through this reverse perspective having these images profile as antipodes to the audience.

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director: Viktor Kossakovsky
producer: Heino Deckert

other films in the section

Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio
Godfrey Reggio’s task will be to provoke those present to consider the most misunderstood and consequential subject of the last 5,000 years: the Technological Environment. Technology is not something we use; it is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. Though seeing, we are blind to its presence, hidden in plain sight. For those willing to “take a walk on the wild side,” we will explore how we see the world through language, how our languages no longer describe the world in which we live, and how through the lens of outsider cinema we may approach this untellable subject. The focus is speechless narrative, not a story to be told, but rather a story to behold. In a syntax of the eye, the form is cinematic poetry. Godfrey Reggio invites you to join him on this journey to the vivid unknown.

Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio

Godfrey Reggio
Czech Republic / 2014 / 105 min.
section: Masterclass
The Waltz (My First Dance)
An old, withered female body shown in Waltz is an expression of the grotesque, afterwards represented by the séance of the dancing bodies of  young men and old women. By opposing the dance of life and death, the transition implicates the personification of Eros and Thanatos. Confronting the images polarizing the body and meat, the entrance and the exit, the film provokes an impression of the transience of life. The emphasis given on the aspects of sexuality, masculinity and eroticism narrated through the dance of generations is an externalization of the nostalgic relationship between melancholy and escapism. Detail:“Let’s go in two rows! Today we’re going to learn a dance in three four time and this is the most beautiful dance – the waltz ! Viennese waltz! Strauss waltz!”

The Waltz (My First Dance)

Lordan Zafranović
Yugoslavia / 1970 / 28 min.
section: Masterclass
Eyal Sivan: The Specialist, Portrait of a Modern Criminal
The Israeli-born, French-based filmmaker Eyal Sivan will hold a master class dedicated to documentary filmmaking as a means of expressing critical dialogue, political consciousness and history (re)vision in the frame of the Israeli-Palestinian relations. The master class will be preceded by the screening of The Specialist, Portrait of a Modern Criminal – a unique courtroom drama recorded during the trial of Adolf Eichmann, in 1961, in Jerusalem. The film about obedience and responsibility is a portrait of an expert in problems resolving and a modern criminal.

Eyal Sivan: The Specialist, Portrait of a Modern Criminal

Eyal Sivan
France / 1999 / 128 min.
section: Masterclass
Hotline
An intense portrait of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, a small Israeli human rights organization focused on an incomparably larger and more difficult task: helping illegal African refugees. The director focuses less on the immigrants and more on the organization’s staff, their personal values and their daily struggles with bureaucracy, all of which she records herself with a handheld camera.“I followed the workers of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants in their routine: the young women informing asylum seekers about their rights, the lawyers fighting to liberate asylum seekers from prison, the public policy coordinator working at the Parliament's Internal Affairs Committee etc.” S. Landsmann

Hotline

Silvina Landsmann
Israel, France / 2015 / 100 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
noimage
A poet and member of the punk rock protest group Pussy Riot, concentrating on feminism, LGBT rights in Russia, and acting in opposition to the current political system in Russia represented by President Vladimir Putin. After a nearly two-year-long imprisonment following a protest concert held in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Maria, together with her fellow Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, focuses on a campaign concerning human rights violations in Russian prisons, on political prisoners and on raising awareness of this topic internationally.

Inspiration Forum: Mariya Alyokhina

Maria Alyokhina
Czech Republic / 2015 / 105 min.
section: Masterclass
Gustav Deutsch: Home Movie Now
Gustav Deutsch (1952) is one of Austria’s leading film directors. He’s not only a filmmaker, but he’s also an architect and photographer. On the occasion of the release of his latest film how we live - messages to the family, he leads the audience through an examination of the term "home movie", subjecting it to thorough scrutiny. In this master class he presents analyses of his own as well as found footage on film material, guiding viewers through the entire development of the “home movie” from film to digital technology. Don’t expect dry theory - his lecture is built on visual and sensual gratification. 

Gustav Deutsch: Home Movie Now

Gustav Deutsch
120 min.
section: Masterclass
5 October
In a series of poetically arranged scenes, this silent road movie depicts a man driven by time into an inner landscape of timelessness. The protagonist, the director’s brother, has decided to deal with the days remaining until a dangerous operation in a unique way – by setting out on a journey “to nowhere.” A minimalist ambient poem full of subtle visual humor, the film premiered at the 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival."The film is a detailed examination of fear and of attempts to come to peace with one’s inner self. The landscapes slowly build up an emotional state. This type of storytelling is an homage to film as a medium talking through pictures."

5 October

Martin Kollár
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Cristi Puiu
Cristi Puiu is considered to be a pioneer of the "Romanian New Wave" movement. In 2005, he won the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes for his film, The Death of Mister Lazarescu (2005). The film Aurora (2010) was also screened in Cannes and won the East of the West Award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The drama Sieranevada (2016) was nominated for a Palme d'Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Puiu often uses documentary film techniques in his feature-length films. His masterclass answers the questions of whether he uses them to achieve "truth" and greater authenticity, whether a documentary is more truthful than a feature film, whether there is any truth to film at all, or whether Godard's saying, "every cut is a lie," remains a valid notion.
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Masterclass: Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu
Romania / 90 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass Jóhann Jóhannsson: Music in Documentary Film
Islandic composer, experimenter, and creator of the Ji.hlava festival spot for 2017, Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969) writes electro-acoustic, minimalism-influenced film music, for which he has earned numerous awards for its originality and sensitivity to the inner rhythm of the film. He works with Hollywood directing stars as well as with independent filmmakers. He created the fantastic brass accompaniment for the film The Miners’ Hymn, which was screened at the Ji.hlava IDFF in 2016. During his lecture, he will discuss ways of creating film music and his own personal methods.

Masterclass Jóhann Jóhannsson: Music in Documentary Film

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Czech Republic / 2017 / 90 min.
section: Masterclass
Karpo Godina: A Different Approach to Making Documentary Films
A leading representative of Yugoslavia’s Black Wave, Slovenian cinematographer and director Karpo Godina (1943) began making amateur films in the second half of the 1960s. Their poetic style caught the attention of Želimir Žilnik, and after Žilnik’s Early Works (1969) won a Golden Bear, many other directors began to work with Godina as well, including Lordan Zafranović and Bato Čengić. In his lecture, Godina will focus on his own early works, which are characterised by a fundamental exploration of stylistic tools, meticulous work with space and, in the best tradition of the Yugoslav New Wave, a never-ceasing attempt at capturing the pulse of the era.

Karpo Godina: A Different Approach to Making Documentary Films

120 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Sergey Dvortsevoy
Sergey Dvortsevoy's films feel as if there are no boundaries between documentary and fiction. His signature style is slow and long handheld shots that determine the overall imagery of all his films, as well as a deep interest in the dignity of marginalized people. He attentively depicts the realities of the social and economic situation of his heroes living in Kazakhstan and Russia. In his masterclass, the director reveals his ways of seeing the world and the principles by which he creates his works.
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Masterclass: Sergey Dvortsevoy

90 min.
section: Masterclass
Dmitrii Kalashnikov: Behind The Road Movie
Russian filmmaker Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s latest feature documentary The Road Movie paints a portrait of Russia from a unique and unlikely perspective. Composed exclusively of found footage from dashboard cameras filmed by Russians while on the road, the film alternates between being meditative and downright terrifying. Dmitrii Kalashnikov will discuss his process of weaving together these materials to create a greater picture in this extended Q&A session that will be preceded by the screening of The Road Movie.

Dmitrii Kalashnikov: Behind The Road Movie

50 min.
section: Masterclass
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Evropská unie
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