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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Buffer Zone Blues
Buffer Zone Blues
Buffer Zone Blues
Buffer Zone Blues

Buffer Zone Blues

director: Franz Milec
original title: Buffer Zone Blues
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

The almost hallucinogenic whirlwind of virtual views of potential targets of a nuclear attack in a “buffer zone” shows the viewer an unpleasant proximity of total destruction, which threatened Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. The visuality of the film, reminiscent of direction finding, was created using the data from Google Maps.

biography

Slovak multimedia artist Franz Milec (1993) focuses on generative art, using data and Python programming. He exhibits his work, inspired by the combination of technologies and the man, both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

more about film

director: Franz Milec
cast: Ian Mikyska
producer: Eric Rosenzveig
music: Franz Milec (sound design, music)
sound: Martin Blauber (sound master), Sara Pinheiro (sound advisor)

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