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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Man Looking for a Rainbow

Man Looking for a Rainbow

director: Volodymyr Khmelytskyi
original title: Ljudyna shukaje rajdugu
country: USSR
year: 1966
running time: 16 min.

synopsis

Besides possessing environmental appeal, this poetic depiction of the exploration of the Podillya cave system in the Termopil region holds a privileged position among the films from the Studio of Popular Science Films for its captivating storytelling, rhythmic assembly and distinctive visuals.

biography

Director, screenwriter and cinematographer Volodymyr Khmelnitsky (b. 1953) worked in Kiev's Studio of Popular Science Films. He concluded his long-term exploration of the relationship between man and nature - e.g. in the documentary series People and Dolphins (1983) - by unusually adapting the absurd short story by Georgie Vladimir, Faithful Ruslan (1992 ).

more about film

director: Volodymyr Khmelytskyi

other films in the section

The First Photo of Me Ever Taken
A minute-long self-portrait shows an archival photograph of Milenko Jovanović as a child, relativizing the reliability of historical artefacts in relation to unreliable human memory. Using a flicker effect, the static photograph became animated in time. The author highlights the structural qualities of both these media, the permanence of photographs and the ability of film to capture movement, and their effect on the perception of what is portrayed.

The First Photo of Me Ever Taken

Milenko Jovanović
Serbia / 1972 / 1 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Robber
Allegorical scenes of village life, clearly inspired by the poetic style of Parajanov, show a father and son, temptation, a deed and punishment, in the mythical setting of a garden. Scenes of country life and animal husbandry are infused with rural lyricism. Apples become figurative tools, and abundance is redeemed through crucifixion.
personal program

Robber

Roman Balaian
USSR / 1969 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Untitled
Fragments of a home movie in which the filmmaker captures weekend strolls and tanks rumbling through the city. The visit to memorial places and open nature is an example of an amateur film in which the director places a clear emphasis on details and attempts to create distinctive compositions and augment normal home movie situations with unusual visual motifs.
personal program

Untitled

Mykola Peretiatko
USSR / 1990 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Anthony’s Broken Mirror
A lonely magician becomes the victim of his own illusions when he yearns for a mannequin in a shop window that is transformed into a young woman. The tragic ending shows the dangers arising from coveting an object of desire and the treacherous nature of the human psyche, which Makavejev had previously studied as an academic discipline. The soundtrack has been lost and in 2011 was replaced by a composition by Serbian composer Zoran Simjanović.

Anthony’s Broken Mirror

Dušan Makavejev
Yugoslavia / 1957 / 12 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Minningar
In her audio-visual essay, the author looks back on her childhood, exploring how memories affect her present experience. The original 8 mm footage transforms into video and its pixels deform memories into stains resembling oil paintings.

Minningar

Kristín Scheving
Iceland / 2000 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Clapper
Clapper is a heavily edited short film combining footage of political protests from pre- and post-WWII. It is considered one of the first “found footage” films made in Poland. The film incorporates Janis Joplin’s track “Summertime” as a soundtrack to the chaotic scenes.

Clapper

Wojciech Bruszewski
Poland / 1971 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Video Manual
The use of the word manual in the film’s title is a reference both to instruction manuals and to idea of doing things by hand. In the film, Martinis holds a camera on a tripod that is aimed at the floor, all the while trying to balance it in his hand. While the camera remains static, the “moving” floor creates a visual effect bordering on vertigo.

Video Manual

Dalibor Martinis
Yugoslavia / 1978 / 1 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Exit Clause to Yugoslavia
A performative miniature in which the filmmakers – students of the Polytechnic Institute in Kharkov – document their public street performances. Their unselfconscious playfulness seems an unwitting omen of the fall of the Communist regime.
personal program

Exit Clause to Yugoslavia

Oleh Kachmar, Andrii Tuziak
USSR / 1987 / 2 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Termites
An accidental spill of developer on the negative film resulted in moving splotches whose motion, accompanied by rhythmic banging on a radiator, resembles a swarm of insects. Although Šamec intended his film as a parody of avant-garde movies, it was named best experimental film at the Genre Experimental Film Festival in Zagreb.

Termites

Milan Šamec
Yugoslavia / 1963 / 2 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus
An observational film that won the grand prize at the Oberhausen film festival; considered to be a manifesto of the post-Soviet generation of documentary filmmakers using the observation method. The film, without commentary, uses its immersive visual poetics to draw the viewer into the lives of ordinary people in the historical areas of Vilnius.

Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus

Arūnas Matelis
Lithuania / 1990 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
19th Nervous Breakdown
A short film named after a Rolling Stones’ song shows improvised performances, during which the members of the Slovenian art collective OHO make drawings on a concrete wall erected in the middle of a field, spontaneously running, dancing and finally putting on a cardboard box with only their legs sticking out. The film promotes OHO’s artistic and philosophical approach to the so-called reism, i.e. a philosophy in which objects are viewed as equal to human beings and not only recognised for their utilitarian value.

19th Nervous Breakdown

Naško Križnar
Slovenia / 1966 / 5 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Time
The gap between the human microcosm and the macro view of universal time is depicted in an associative montage using rhythm and tempo as a significant element. Against a backdrop of ebbing and flowing in nature, a human anthill frantically teems, pulsing with the cycles of waking and sleeping, birth and death, sunrise and sunset.

Time

Mark Soosaar
Estonia / 1983 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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