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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Battle Hymn

Battle Hymn

director: Yair Agmon
original title: Shir Milchama
country: Israel
year: 2019
running time: 11 min.

synopsis

This close-up observation of the dramatic situations and everyday activities experienced by Israeli soldiers represents the director’s appeal for dialogue, mutual understanding, and empathy as possible paths towards ending political conflict.

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director: Yair Agmon
producer: Tal Becher

other films in the section

Between Petrov and Vodkin
The first part of the Cultural Revolution trilogy deals with the events of 1912 in Russia. The painter’s works spills out of their frames and become part of events at the time. Through significant moments of cultural life during pre-Revolutionary Russia, significant historical moments are also shown. 

Between Petrov and Vodkin

Denis Semionov, Natalia Severina
Russia / 2017 / 3 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Master´s vision: Claude Monet – The Water Lily obsession
An episode from a trilogy which explores important works of fine art through their stories and an analysis which emphasizes the emotions and the effect on the senses of the spectator. This work dedicated to Monet's Water Lillies is dedicated to a painting which has been hidden from the broad public for many years. Thanks to historical research and new methods of analysis, new findings about its origin and creation can be presented.

Master´s vision: Claude Monet – The Water Lily obsession

Nicolas Thépot
France / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Iceman VR
Ötzi the Iceman is the most famous mummy in the world - 5300 years old. A look at the Neolithic period and, using scientifically verified reconstructions, how Ötzi most likely lived and what difficulties he met with in his life. 

Iceman VR

Eric Benz, Jan Krueger
Germany / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Virtual Reality
The Argos file
A combination of various narrative techniques portrays the world as it might look in 2029, when Argos builds personalized realities using neural technologies, and nearly a third of Earth’s population is addicted to uploading and sharing their memories – somehow very similar to today’s reality. 

The Argos file

Josema Roig
United States / 2016 / 4 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Das Totale Tanz Theater
This sophisticated tribute to the influential artistic movement known as Bauhaus realizes the stage experiments of Oskar Schlemmer and Walter Gropius in ways that have never been possible before. Using a Richard Siegal choreography during which the audience is free to come close to the dancers, this work explores the structured quality and the possibility to influence space while every element of the dance, musical, costumes, stage design and sound design is a reference to the Bauhaus style.

Das Totale Tanz Theater

Diana Schniedermeier , Maya Puig
Germany / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Proxima
A spatio-temporal loop immerses viewers into a potential infinity. Echoes of Charles Baudelaire’s poem “The Abyss” urge viewers on an imaginatively rendered journey, but these are only traces of images in the depths of darkness.

Proxima

Mathieu Pradat
France / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Virtual Reality
-22.7°C
A sonic portrait of Greenland. Molécule, a producer of electronic music, collects the sounds of the Arctic for his upcoming work. In the temperature of -22,7°, he searches for the imprints and sounds of natural processes and takes the audience on a journey through the creation of a musical artwork.

-22.7°C

Amaury La Burthe, Jan Kounen, Romain de La Haye-Sérafini (Molécule)
France / 2019 / 8 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Each Branch Determined
A timeless reflection on caring for the environment based on the depictions of approaches to restoring and managing land and natural resources, set 150 years in an post-apocalyptic future in which various ethnic groups in the state of New Mexico work together to care for their region as well as the social and cultural background of their community.

Each Branch Determined

Postcommodity
United States / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Through the Masks of Luzia
A celebration of Mexican culture based on the famous Cirque du Soleil show leads the viewer through Mayan ideas about life after life, a celebration of the Tarahumara people, spectacular wilderness and exuberantly imaginative images.

Through the Masks of Luzia

Paul Raphaël, Félix Lajeunesse, Francois Blouin
United States, Canada / 2017 / 14 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Unframed – The Intimacies
A visually unique presentation of woodcuts by Swiss artist Félix Vallotton. The woman portrayed in his works reflects on the way the scenes from a story of love and betrayal are depicted. This work is an essay on intimacy and its portrayal.

Unframed – The Intimacies

Félix Vallotton
2018 / 6 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Beyond the Typhoon
Documentary photographs were used to recreate the environment on the island of Gulangyu that was destroyed during Typhoon Meranti in 2016. The nature preserve with its ancient trees and post-colonial haciendas was transformed into a post-apocalyptic chaos.   The screening was supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Beyond the Typhoon

Encor Studio
Switzerland / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Rooms
A documentary essay on the social function of a room as a social construct which assigns a function and a set of rules of use to an enclosed space. The five intimate chamber settings show various archetypal uses of rooms to satisfy human needs and cultural roles.

Rooms

Christian Zipfel
Germany / 2019 / 23 min.
section: Virtual Reality
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