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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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I Was Here

I Was Here

director: Philippe Léonard
original title: I Was Here
country: Canada
year: 2012
running time: 6 min.

synopsis

The combination of static photographs taken with various exposure times creates a moving portrait of a place where the stone building has stood for centuries, but the people are just indistinct traces on the sidewalk in front of it. We see only those who stop long enough to leave their imprint on the short-term memory of the place.

The flow of time-lapse images also records changes in the solid structure as the light gives shape to the architecture.

more about film

director: Philippe Léonard
producer: Philippe Léonard
photography: Philippe Léonard
sound: Luc Papineau

other films in the section

Latency Contemplation 2
Natural textures and close-ups of various surfaces of soil, rocks and water are vertically sliced and rhythmically abstracted. Within the stream of images, this tour of the outer world becomes a way of experiencing the landscape and its transformations, in whose regularity we can find stability and inner peace. “Cho´s internal visions and perception of the outer world come together in an abstract meditation on space, place and sound. Natural landscapes are pushed to the edge of abstraction through layering and other forms of manipulation.”

Latency Contemplation 2

Seoungho Cho
United States, South Korea / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Lviv Intervision
A found footage reminiscence of the beginnings of Ukrainian TV broadcast in 1957 and the first 20 years of its operations, when the first factory for manufacturing televisions began operating in Lviv, presents not only programs broadcast at that time, but also the way television transformed the household and family structures. "Despite it’s archival form, our film is not about the soviet past but today’s virtuality - a dramatic story of the the gaze and the sedation of a newly emerged TV-spectator, which continues until now." A. Onufrienko, S. Menzelevskyi, E. Parvulesco  

Lviv Intervision

Anna Onufrienko, Elias Parvulesco, Stanislav Menzelevskyi
Ukraine / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Man in Motion, 2012
Inspired by the analysis of movement in the studies of Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey, the filmmakers depict the movement of a person going upstairs – except that they use a mirror effect to give the images a new sense of time existing outside of reality, and they replace an analysis of motion with a construction of infinite reproduction.The original chronophotography enabled the depiction of the individual stages of motion through a series of photographs. In the 1870s, such photographs were taken using a flash exposure of a thousandth of a second.

Man in Motion, 2012

Christophe M. Saber, Ruben Glauser, Max Idje
Switzerland / 2013 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Reconnaissance
The patient observation of a military building in California leads to the discovery of a quiet part of a dam and the underground tunnels and cement structures of a giant reservoir that was long used as a test site for torpedoes and other underwater army equipment. Imperceptible movements disturb the lethargy of the originally static image, divided into spatial planes whose subtle movements create a fictional environment in which the only thing that seems real is the viewer’s precarious foothold.

Reconnaissance

Johann Lurf
Austria / 2012 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Pancoran
Motorcycles and cars are lost in the sound of traffic and disappear in bands sliced into film footage of Jakarta’s roads. The horizontal and vertical lines or checkerboard patterns emphasizing the density and chaos of the crowded roads were made by optically printing 16mm film. “Jakarta’s bikes are gloriously arresting. Unified into a flow and yet jerky and autonomous, like a visual ‘gamelan’ of motion, a disparate yet concordant ensemble. I tried to get close to its inherent musicality.” R. Tuohy

Pancoran

Richard Tuohy
Australia / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Phantasma
In rhythmically changing parallel scenes, this visual atlas of the underwater world shows animals and their natural movements, waving plants and growing crystals, but also the rooms, machinery and equipment at the Copenhagen aquarium that has exhibited these living being for more than 70 years. “While filming I was pulled into a melancholic and haunted realm. The collapsing aquarium became an allegory of a shared past and time itself. It represents an enchanted place where both the struggle to remember and to forget intertwine.”

Phantasma

Saara Ekström
Finland / 2016 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Becoming American
The barcode from Form N-400 – the application for U.S. citizenship – is “naturalized” (a reference to “naturalization,” the term for becoming a U.S. citizen into the image, which is thus transformed into an abstract portrait of the applicant. At the same time, it is converted into sound by reading the visual code with an optical sound reader. Christina Nguyen (1988) hails from Los Angeles and studied visual art and media and molecular biology at the University of California in San Diego. She also received an MFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts. Edgar Jorge Baralt (1988) was born in Venezuela and studied film production at the University of Central Florida and at the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles, where he currently lives and works. His films explore the subjects of memory, time, and the changing nature of human identity.“The electronic version of the N-400 application form generates a barcode as personal information is entered. We take this conversion of identity into data further by turning this barcode into an audiovisual experience.”

Becoming American

Christina Nguyen, Edgar Jorge-Baralt
United States / 2016 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Save (My heart from the world)
The movements of the ferry, creating additional disturbances in the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, enable the creation of colorful compositions, unexpectedly degraded algorithmic interventions of digital compression which in inventive surfaces and grids mask and repeatedly renew the authenticity of the record of the voyage, while the horizon becomes an escaping uncertainty. Jacques Perconte (1974) is a leading figure on the French avant garde film scene. He experiments with digital images, codecs, and compression algorithms that he himself creates. Thematically he focuses primarily on the relationships of contemporary culture and technologically advanced civilizations with nature. His work has been screened at past Jihlava IDFFs: L (2014), Les Moutiers (2012), and Ettrick (2015), among others.“The wind blew from the starting of the ferry. Offshore, the swell could make the travel difficult, but that boat would split the sea and project its Mediterranean blue in the golden sky and the fire light of the setting sun in the waves.”

Save (My heart from the world)

Jacques Perconte
France / 2016 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
The Escape Agents
A re-construction of the illegal smuggling of a family across the border from East to West Berlin in 1988. Told in photographs, the film shows a chilling story of escape in the trunk of a car and an encounter with agents of the East German secret police. The images’ unknown origin adds a sense of the universal and calls into question the course of events.  "While researching my first feature, I stumbled across these photos in the Stasi archives and decided to try to make a story around them. I was shocked when I found out the true identity of the people " S. Calonico  

The Escape Agents

Scott Calonico
United Kingdom, German Democratic Republic, Germany / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Some Exercise in Complex Seeing is Needed
The static footage shows just one thing: a person continuously swimming against the current. Despite swimming at a regular pace, the person stays in place. This image is accompanied by a recitation of a list of the filmmaker’s personal decisions and a description her micro-world, with references to her previous films and curatorial work. “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” we hear the words of American writer and feminist Emma Goldman, who promoted freedom of expression and the need for joy even amidst revolutionary struggle.

Some Exercise in Complex Seeing is Needed

Carola Dertnig
Austria / 2012 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
ONE-1-2
An algorithmic composition of 531,441 photographs taken over the course of three decades since 1985 place personal and societal events into various contexts to create a minimalist study of informational value, comprehensibility and memory of events. “After all: what is the nature of these moments/events : 9/11, Hiroshima, Buchenwald, political/economic conditions, art, family, coffee, tea, being here/there. After 531,441 pictures 1985–2015 a sum.” T. Mohr T. Mohr

ONE-1-2

Thomas Mohr
Netherlands / 2017 / 16 min.
section: Fascinations
World 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
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