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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Biblion
Biblion
Biblion
Biblion

Biblion

director: Saara Ekström, Eero Tammi
original title: Biblion
country: Finland
year: 2019
running time: 13 min.

synopsis

A visual study of the book as a medium and cultural artefact. Parallel images analyse books from the point of view of appearance and material with the film plunging into the depths of their microscopic fabric while, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the variety of their surfaces, textures, fonts and shapes blossoms into structured volumes ordered on a bookshelf.

“Born from observing the phenomena of quietly vanishing old book stores, our work first became an exploration of the medium of the book itself, and then grew in to something more haunting.” E. Tammi, S. Ekström  

biography

Finnish artist Saara Ekström (1965) works with film, photography, text and installations. Topics like dying, transience of life and history are most often presented in her works by means of black-and-white and sophisticatedly composed images. Finnish critic, journalist and filmmaker Eero Tammi (1983) makes biographical films. Biblion is their first collaboration. 

more about film

director: Saara Ekström, Eero Tammi
producer: Eero Tammi, Saara Ekström
photography: Thom Vink
editing: Eero Tammi
sound: Heikki Kossi, Pietu Korhonen

other films in the section

Beyond the Mirror Rim
A collage of reflections on various artificial and natural surfaces forms fleeting, concrete and variable abstract visual compositions, with a voiceover meditation on forms of perception related to the acquisition and deepening of knowledge, from Antiquity to today’s technical and social influences on how we perceive the world. German director, photographer, cinematographer, and university lecturer Thomas Kutschker (1963) experiments with sound, mixing recordings from social networks from around the world with excerpts from old films to explore human fear and the yearning for knowledge. The Jihlava IDFF previously showed his films Shadow Worlds (2008), Me, Myself and I in the Age of Download (2010), and Financial Locations (Global Mash Up) (2015).“Words, sounds and pictures seem to be independent, disconnected as the appearance of light, shadow and reflexion themselves... But they are woven into each other and connected following their own logical construction.”

Beyond the Mirror Rim

Thomas Kutschker
Germany / 2016 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates
The color of skin and of film become the center of discourse: The filmmaker’s mixed-race background is reflected in imprints of the landscape and ruptures within it, but also in the color of the faded Kodachrome film, whose typical visual characteristics have dissolved in time. Hues are barely visible and only with difficulty capture the image of a body that does not fall into any clear categories.  "Where does film fail or resist us? Working on celluloid I make images which affirm mixed race culture and the cultural in between." R. Storr  

The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates

Rhea Storr
United Kingdom / 2018 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Latency, Contemplation 1
A digitally distorted seascape brings out the horizon, which together with the rolling waves creates a visually hypnotic abstract composition of horizontal surfaces, moving in time to minimalist piano music and electronically manipulated ocean sounds, in a seemingly continuous observation of the shore. “Each line with its own intrinsic ‘intuition’ metamorphoses my perception, exploring how all these personal, inner experiences, both illusionary and tactile, shift and transform into a visual poem.”

Latency, Contemplation 1

Seoungho Cho
United States, South Korea / 2016 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
The End of Time
Delving for a brief moment into an everyday scene, we see various movements at various speeds and experience microstories representing the familiarity of the street. The classical technique of analytical slowing down different parts of the image at different speeds is used to capture an otherwise invisible phenomenon. “Sometimes in a flash you become aware of the fact that time does not matter.” M. Manchevski

The End of Time

Milcho Manchevski
Cuba, United States / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
WHERE DO WE GO
Images recorded on a Lomography Supersampler, which photographs four immediately sequential moments on one frame of 35mm film, multiply the illusion of rhythmic movement and create a visual melody that hurtles forward, while the imprint of the moment remains fixed in place. The drum performance emphasizes the minimalist sharpness of the patterns. "Where do we go, in a time where borders are going to be closed again? The feeling of freedom has gone. I try to break down visual borders to rebuild a base for the spirit of freedom again." S. A. Fruhauf  

WHERE DO WE GO

Siegfried Alexander Fruhauf
Austria / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Where Shapes Come From
A description of non-randomness in the processes by which atoms join to form matter, accompanied by images from a museum laboratory. Subtle alterations to the real image are Formulas with scenes of a mineralogist’s work. Chemical equations and virtual bodies and shapes give form to the invisible processes involved in the creation of substances. “We spent an intensive three months as artists in residence in the Mineral Sciences Laboratory at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; this is the work that came out. The green workshop has since been redecorated and is no longer home to all these amazing curiosities.” R. Jarman, J. Gerhardt

Where Shapes Come From

SEMICONDUCTOR
United Kingdom, United States / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Domus
This portrait of architect Carlo Mollino looks at the vision of organizing space, buildings or sculptures. Contours and surfaces, as well as the absence present in crossed-out notes, crumpled sketches and the shapes and textures of material and scratched patters of houses, construct a rhythmic collage of expressions to the landscape. “By way of story, C. Mollino pledged himself to his craft and foreshadowed a brilliant lifetime of architecture. In telling this story, Domus configures its author’s own intentions, transposed from architecture and housed within cinema.” R. Vermette

Domus

Rhayne Vermette
Canada / 2017 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
8th October 2016
The title of the film is the date on which the editorial staff of the Hungary´s largest opposition newspaper, Népszabadság, was fred. The filmmaker tore up copies of that day’s issue, layered them, and then turned them into an urgent collage expressing his yearning for the free expression of opposition viewpoints. The visible edges of the film emphasize the impossibility of presenting information in a complete context. “Our film is a simple political statement. It was made in two days, right after the shut-down of Népszabadság.” B. Máté, P. Lichter

8th October 2016

Péter Lichter, Bori Máté
Hungary / 2016 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations
European 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
Time, why think about it?
The memories of old people at a senior care facility come to life in fragmentary recollections accompanied by photographs of them and their loved ones and the places and events they remember. The ephemeral nature of these memories is visualised by using painting to alter these images of the passing of time. Belgian artist Charlotte Dunker (1987) uses painting techniques in her films, and also experiments with light-sensitive materials. She works with silence as an opportunity for self-reflection and explores the changeable nature of truth in relation to cultural contexts. The Jihlava IDFF previously showed her film Jupiter Lolopop (2014), in which she used a mosaic of 3,564 paintings to bring to life microstories of everyday life.“This film was realized to gether with the residents of a retirement home through a series of workshops. It fo cuses on the notion of time through the use of family photographs.”

Time, why think about it?

Charlotte Dunker
Belgium / 2015 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Untitled, 1925
In high-contrast black-and-white images of nature and mountain villages, the filmmaker meditates on family origins and identity while traveling across the Andes along the same route taken in 1925 by her Jewish grandfather (a professional boxer originally from Romania) in order to acquire Peruvian citizenship, which 12 years later allowed him and his family to leave Europe. Peru native Madi Piller (1960) lives in Canada, where she works as an independent filmmaker, animator, and programmer and curator for the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS). Her abstract poetic films combine various cinematic styles and techniques and explore themes of memory, introspection, and the search for cultural identity.“Delving into memory and reflecting on territorial space, the film revisits a passage in life. By using 16mm high contrast film and by processing the silver essence of the film material resurfaced as a layer such as the hidden treasures of the Andes.”

Untitled, 1925

Madi Piller
Canada / 2016 / 9 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
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