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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Czechoslovaks in the Gulag

Czechoslovaks in the Gulag

director: Marta Nováková
original title: Čechoslováci v gulagu
running time: 90 min.

synopsis

The millions of victims of the totalitarian USSR in 1917-1960 included 25,000 Czechs and other Czechoslovak citizens, who are the subject of the 3-part documentary Czechoslovaks in the Gulag – a joint project of Czech TV and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. The makers will reveal what preceded the documentary: a journey to the abandoned Siberian camps (part of a Gulag.cz project), and years of research, primarily in Ukrainian archives. In addition to excerpts, the filmmakers will show other ways the topic is presented, e.g., the Gulag Online Museum.

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The Workshop is led by: Štěpán Černoušek, Marta Nováková

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Čechoslováci v Gulagu
Art Design: Anna Krtičková
Dramaturgy: Lucie Králová
Topic: Štěpán Černoušek

more about film

director: Marta Nováková
photography: Adam Oľha
music: Vladivojna La Chia

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FAMU: First-year
The first-year workshop of the FAMU Documentary Department is led by Vít Klusák, who, together with his students, will present both the concept of the seminar as well as the films resulting from it during the 2015/16 academic year. Each of the five participating students will present two of their films that were selected as their final projects, as well as film exercises that generally cannot be seen outside the academy.In this year’s batch, the audience will learn what may be hidden behind the Czech terms “norník” and “ťapina”, and that the quest to find a partner may be conceived using the refined language of the silver screen. They will also see the news report from a courtroom where unscrupulous individualism comes out the winner in the form of a decadent deviation from the noble ideal of freedom… Discussion is welcome!---The Workshop is led by: Vít KlusákStudents: Jindřich Andrš, Lenka Benešová, Matouš Bičák, Eliška Cílková, Zora Čápová

FAMU: First-year

150 min.
section: Workshops
Jugs of Franz Maxera at Hospoda U Lojzy
An opening reception for an exhibition of jugs by ceramic artist František Maxera is slowly transformed into a wild alcohol-fueled party with an acoustic concert by the members of the Plastic People. Recorded at the U Lojzy pub in Prague’s Vinohrady district.

Jugs of Franz Maxera at Hospoda U Lojzy

Jan Ságl
Czechoslovakia / 1973 / 9 min.
section: Workshops
Ivan Tatíček: A Chronicle of Late-Stage Socialism
Ivan Tatíček was among the most prominent figures in the Czech alternative documentary scene in the 1980s. His films are characterized by spontaneity, improvisation and the use of home footage techniques. They authentically depict the atmosphere of life in late-stage socialism, in which they capture a number of personalities of the alternative cultural scene in addition to everyday situations. His films were made under private circumstances, and after private screenings and showings at amateur festivals, they were later completely forgotten about. In a new digitized version prepared by the National Film Archive, they will be presented in a revived premiere with the filmmaker himself an active participant of the screening. The workshop is led by Martin Blažíček Group D, 1982, 27 min   Nothing different, 1983, 23 min   Metrofilm, 1984, 9 min   Home, Sweet Home, 1986, 19 min  
personal program

Ivan Tatíček: A Chronicle of Late-Stage Socialism

Czech Republic / 110 min.
section: Workshops
World Premiere
Small Farmer
A portrait of a boy sent to work in a farmer’s household, where he attends the local school. It captures not only the hard work he performs, but also those times when he plays with a dog and his frequent cigarette breaks. The documentary uses observational scenes of activities that at some points present even idyllic images of a human connected with nature.“ … the small farmer Jano longs for only one thing – to return from a society he does not understand, one which is foreign to him, to his solitude, back to nature…’ Rudolf Urc

Small Farmer

Pavol Sýkora
Czechoslovakia / 1969 / 16 min.
section: Workshops
ABCD
With almost no commentary, this portrait of a young rural early-grade schoolteacher shows the tenacity of a woman who must battle daily snowdrifts on her skis to reach her job. The filmmaker interweaves shots of mundane tasks in lyrical compositions presenting poetic views of the landscape.“Sýkora’s themes revolve around insignificant people who find themselves in extreme social or psychological situations. In each case, he has grown humanly fond of his protagonists.” Rudolf Urc

ABCD

Pavol Sýkora
Czechoslovakia / 1969 / 16 min.
section: Workshops
Video Day 1989/2018
The exhibition Video Day, the first collective presentation of video art in the Czech lands, took place on June 11, 1989 at Julius Fučík Culture and Relaxation Centre (today’s Prague Exhibition Grounds) as part of the annual presentation of the Czech Association of Visual Artists.   The exhibition Video Day 1989/2018 was a reconstruction of the original 1989 exhibition which took place on September 4, 2018. Martin Mazanec as the curator came up with an idea of initiating a debate on historical forms of presentation, but also on potential preservation of moving images. The reasons why video art has been up to now avoided by large numbers of institutions and artists may be illustrated within areas representing the clash between socio-cultural and economic circumstances of the origination and existence of individual works of art.   Discussion with invited guests will be accompanied by fragments of works by artists exhibiting back in 1989: Věra Geislerová & René Slauka, Václav Hodan, Roman Milerský, 5D studio (Tomáš Kepka, Michal Pacina, Marta Karoliová), Radek Pilař, Pavel Scheufler, Petr Skala, Lucie Svobodová, Ivan Tatíček and Jaroslav Vančát.  
personal program

Video Day 1989/2018

Czech Republic / 90 min.
section: Workshops
World Premiere
noimage
The film focuses on the disillusionment that occurs during the transition from boyhood to manhood. The protagonist, a vision-impaired boy, who prefers to hold a model airplane in his hands rather than a clarinet. Life in a dormitory and intensive schooling awaken questions in him regarding his own self-determination. The asynchronous sound and off-screen commentary add a dreamlike energy to the film.

Atomic Bach

Eva Horská
Czech Republic / 1965 / 16 min.
section: Workshops
noimage
This graduate project film uses zoom shots delving deep into the landscape to bring images of a smoking chimney and large mining wheel excavators. This portrayal of objects embedded in a landscape gradually being taken over by the army is a colorful visual poem presenting in-depth views of the life of passive nature, which is in sharp contrasting with iconic symbols of civilization.

Green Horizon

Tibor Podhorec
Czechoslovakia / 1965 / 8 min.
section: Workshops
Studio at Argentinská
A private concert by the Plastic People at their practice space in the now-demolished house (no. 1) on the corner of Dělnická and Argentinská Streets in Prague. Because of the cramped conditions, Ságl recorded the events in extreme close-up using his characteristic hand-held lighting. The close-ups are often on the border of being out of focus. This, combined with the bright light source, makes it one of the rawest and most original documentaries of its time.

Studio at Argentinská

Jan Ságl
Czechoslovakia / 1973 / 13 min.
section: Workshops
Stories of the 20th Century: The Legend of St. Julius
Julius Varga was an atheist suffering from a terrible disease. After twenty years of being bound to his bed and imprisoned in an immobile and deformed body, he embarked on an inner spiritual journey in search of Christ. In Normalization-era Czechoslovakia, under constant surveillance by State Security, he gathered around himself a group of young people, becoming their guide and teacher in matters of life and death.

Stories of the 20th Century: The Legend of St. Julius

Petr Hátle
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Workshops
noimage
This visually refined film about the casting of bells is also a meditative portrayal of rhythm and time, physical matter, and the possibilities of narrative film. It is a conscious continuation of the legacy left by Jiří Lehovec.

Casting of Time

Dobroslav Zborník
Czechoslovakia / 1970 / 9 min.
section: Workshops
Czech Journal. Free Smetana!
He drew antennae onto politicians‘ posters and underneath he wrote they are liars, thieves, and corrupt whores. One of his colleagues – also a bus driver – turned him in. The judge in his trial was the wife of one of the defamed politicians. He destroyed private property! He paid 15,000 crowns in damages, but refused any additional punishment. “I have nothing to atone for!” Roman Smetana called out in court. He got 100 days. For the filmmakers, it was not enough to merely document his story – they bought spray paint and hit the streets... (Directors Cut is one episode of the Czech Journal, a new Czech Television documentary series, portraying life of Czech society in 2012. Airing in January, 2013) 

Czech Journal. Free Smetana!

Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
Czech Republic / 2012 / 30 min.
section: Workshops
World Premiere
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Evropská unie
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Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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