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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Capital Cuba
Capital Cuba
Capital Cuba

Capital Cuba

director: Johann Lurf
original title: Capital Cuba
country: Cuba, Austria
year: 2015
running time: 12 min.

synopsis

Intercut footage of the camera panning along two sides of Havana Bay. Every few seconds, our act of viewing is disturbed for several seconds as the camera shifts from one side to the other. The rhythm of this panoramic view is determined by the editing. The 12-minute film invites the viewer on an experimentally filmed journey by boat from Old Havana to Casa Blanca.

DETAIL:
The sound of waves. The camera’s gaze shifts from the dark-blue surface of the water to the shoreline. An abandoned industrial building and lazily floating boats along the shore represent tools for transforming the abandoned bay.

biography

Austrian director Johann Lurf makes short movies focused on observing objects or phenomena. In Vertigo Rush (2007), he used the camera to evoke a sense of unease. Editing is his main experimental tool in Endeavour (2010). By comparison, the award-winning Reconnaissance (2012) is static in nature. Picture Perfect Pyramid (2013) submits a pyramid structure to an equally focused camera inspection.

more about film

director: Johann Lurf
producer: Johann Lurf
editing: Johann Lurf
sound: Nils Kirchhoff

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Moments of Silence

Lars Bergström, Mats Bigert
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section: Short Joy
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Hanawon
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section: Short Joy
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Tabatô

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section: Short Joy
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Yellow Brick Road

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section: Short Joy
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In the Frame

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section: Short Joy
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section: Short Joy
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Always Here

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section: Short Joy
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Return to Adriaport

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section: Short Joy
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137 Bullets

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