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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Czech Journal. Free Smetana!

Czech Journal. Free Smetana!

director: Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
original title: Český žurnál. Svobodu pro Smetanu!
country: Czech Republic
year: 2012
running time: 30 min.

synopsis

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) 

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director: Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
producer: Tereza Horská
script: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda

other films in the section

Wilson's Wedding
The wedding film of the Plastic People’s singer, Paul Wilson, shows the scene before and after the ceremony at the town hall in Prague 5, including the gathered friends and the final departure of the newlyweds.

Wilson's Wedding

Jan Ságl
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 3 min.
section: Workshops
Klukovice, Bondy
A reading by Egon Bondy at the local pub in Klukovice in November 1974. Bondy reads Invalid Siblings as Ságl’s camera focuses primarily on the faces in the audience. About halfway through the film, there is an improvised acoustic concert by the members of the Plastic People, which transforms the event into a wild party, including Bondy’s own creative dancing.

Klukovice, Bondy

Jan Ságl
Czechoslovakia / 1974 / 9 min.
section: Workshops
noimage
We most commonly see Normalization era in Czechoslovakia – the time of social and political repression following the country’s invasion by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968 – through documentaries about dissidents or from old television series. But the dilemmas posed by the totalitarian regime affected everybody. The 16-part series Stories of the 20th Century explores various people’s (students, journalists, miners, secret police collaborators, soldiers, rank-and-file Party members, homosexuals, and many others) responses to the pressure they received not only from the government apparatus but also from those around them. ---Three films from the series will be presented by their writers and directors. Tři filmy představí a debatu o nich povedou režiséři a scenáristé cyklu.

Stories of the 20th Century

section: Workshops
Confession
A young prisoner, who wants to escape the fate predestined for her due to her mother’s lack of interest, recalls her childhood and why she ran away from home. The narrative is complemented with poems she started to write when her loved ones did not send her any letters. This portrait delves deep into the experiences of a psychologically wounded young woman.“Sýkora’s portrayal of an individual’s ‘confession’ presents a multidimensional and forceful personal portrait, melding with the director’s attitude in a work reflecting high-quality filmmaking skills, mood and atmosphere, and is obviously linked to the filmmaker’s mentality, which is not lacking in sentimentality.” Pavel Branko

Confession

Pavol Sýkora
Czechoslovakia / 1968 / 16 min.
section: Workshops
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
Man's World
When a village mayor in the Shanxi province gets killed, one of the villagers is chosen by the police as a scapegoat. His drawings of the torture to which he was subjected to plead guilty to the murder he did not commit, yet for which he spent five years in prison, are a testament of police brutality in Shanxi.

Man's World

Han Tao
China / 2016 / 73 min.
section: Workshops
World Premiere
The Grid
Artists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Daniela Baráčková, Filip Cenek, Vladimír Houdek, Barbora Kleinhamplová, Tomáš Moravec, Lucia Sceranková, Jan Šerých, Roman Štětina Curator: Karina Kottová A selection of films, video-essays and videos in a curatorial concept of Karina Kottová (Jindřich Chalupecký Society) stems from an attempt to systematically merge the approaches of visual artists and the possibilities of presenting their moving image works, which are usually displayed in a gallery setting, in a form of a linear film screening. The connecting motif of the selected works is a certain type of geometry or structural grid, which becomes the holder of a narrative: in some cases a completely abstract one, or even lyrical, in other times engaged, touching upon systems we live in, the question of work, everyday concerns as well as their possible alternatives. The selection itself has its own rhythm; the individual works create the storyline through diverse combinations of text, image, sound and motion. The selected artists have previously been finalists or winners of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. works: Tomáš Moravec, Otázka líbivosti pláště / Question of Superficial Affection, 3'51'', 2012 Zbyněk Baladrán, Teorie práce / Theory of Work, 13'19'', 2007 Roman Štětina, Studio č. 2 (Klapka) / Studio no. 2 (Slapstick), 4'32'', 2013 Barbora Kleinhamplová, MPEG Girl, 8'31'', 2016 Filip Cenek, Bez názvu (Cesta mlhou) / Untitled (Traveling through Fog), záznam z instalace / installation documentation, 4'09'', 2010–2013 Vladimír Houdek ve spolupráci s Hanou Polanskou Turečkovou / In collaboration with Hana Polanská Turečková, Kanoucí šíře / The Trickling Expanse, 18'4'', 2014  Daniela Baráčková, Macocha, 0'40'', 2013 Jan Šerých, Paramnesia, 6'39'', 2009 Lucia Sceranková, Cucurrucucu, 4'28'', 2009

The Grid

90 min.
section: Workshops
Jan Novák: Guns, Pucks, Beer, and Dogs
Jan and Adam Novák’s documentary comedy offers a look at army hockey under socialism. Through intimate interviews and selected gems from the Army Film Archives, they introduce us to the mentality of Czechoslovakia’s hockey soldiers and officers. Czechoslovakia’s most famous hockey players and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff explain what it was like to train and play for the army’s hockey clubs, what units they served with and what their role in the event of war would have been, how they were promoted, and how they smuggled glassware, vodka, money, and hockey pucks through the Iron Curtain in order to bring laundry detergent back home. About mass “socialist” weddings of players, about breathalyzer tests before Sunday practice, about fulfilling their commitments and going to interrogations.  

Jan Novák: Guns, Pucks, Beer, and Dogs

Jan Novák
90 min.
section: Workshops
Tomáš Etzler: Heaven
Heaven is an emerging feature-length documentary telling a story of 21st century China through an orphanage in a small village in northern China. The orphanage, which was founded and is run by Catholic nuns, formally illegal in China, accommodates over 100 children. All of them suff er from mental or physical disability. While the fi lm addresses, directly and indirectly, some of the biggest topics of modern China: one child policy, human rights, a lack freedom of religion, corruption or deterioration of human values in a communist regime, it is also a story about love

Tomáš Etzler: Heaven

Tomáš Etzler
Czech Republic, China / 80 min.
section: Workshops
Work in Progress
noimage
This filmed survey of second-year students of the Documentary Department explores the conflicts that arise when a woman wants to study, possibly even set out along an academic career path, but at the same time longs to properly care for her family and children. The scenes portray the efforts of the female students, and their off-screen statements are interspersed with a contemporary commentary.

Dilema

Jan Boněk
Czechoslovakia / 1966 / 7 min.
section: Workshops
Homage to Fafejta
A record of one of Zorka Ságlová’s last land-art actions in October 1972. In the abandoned Vřísek Castle in the village of Zahrádky near Česká Lípa, a group of invited participants released hundreds of inflated condoms. The action was one of Ságlová’s many land-art interventions such as Laying Napkins near Sudoměř (1970) and Throwing Balls into Bořín Pond (1969). Participants included the members of the Plastic People and their friends. The film concludes with several spontaneous events such as the recreation of the Stalin monument and an improvised concert by Milan Hlavsa in a nearby cave.

Homage to Fafejta

Jan Ságl
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 15 min.
section: Workshops
Pavol Sýkora
Dramaturge, screenwriter, and director Pavol Sýkora (1931–1970) was a central figure of Slovak documentary film in the 1960s. He worked as a dramaturge on documentary films at Koliba Studios. The selected films represent his most distinctive and original portraits. Besides an inclination for the reconstruction pioneered by Flaherty, Sýkora’s work is characterized by an attempt at achieving a maximum understanding of the subject free of embellishment, academism, and pathos, and without being didactic. The results are deeply felt portraits of man or explorations of inner experience, often without words.---Dílnu vede / The Workshop is led by: Martin Kaňuch

Pavol Sýkora

section: Workshops
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