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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 End of Holidays
This legendary musical film from the Perestroika era combines four video clips linked by the story of a young musician. It is a punk portrait of the Leningrad band Kino and its frontman, singer and actor Viktor Tsoi, whose performance style and looks made him a cult figure for Ukrainian youth.
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The End of Holidays

Serhii Lysenko
USSR / 1985 / 29 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Entering the Sea
This important film presaging the Ukrainian poetic school was intended as Osyka’s graduation work, but the diploma committee deemed it too formalist and rejected it. A panorama in a series of inquisitive shots of a crowded beach serves as a prologue for a lyrical study of the movements, faces, and bodies of the men, women, and children; of the sun and the sea.
personal program

Entering the Sea

Leonid Osyka
USSR / 1965 / 16 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Boxing
Ion Grigorescu’s conceptual film depicts a boxing fight of the author with his own image in a double exposure. The fight takes place in nudity, outside the boxing ring, without audience and the possibility of freeing yourself. Isolation becomes not only the source of suffering but also of internal strength. In the course of the action, the image of the winning boxer fades and the loser becomes prominent.

Boxing

Ion Grigorescu
Romania / 1977 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Vowels
This structuralist film translates Rimbaud’s famous sonnet onto the film screen, thus placing it within the context of cinema. Where Rimbaud associated vowels with colours, the film represents them using different forms of video manipulation or camerawork – for instance, the letter “I” is represented by a jump cut.

Vowels

Nikola Đurić
Yugoslavia / 1973 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Open the Door to Him Who Comes
The meditative landscape of a Lithuanian village filled with silent prayer. Tree crowns, church roots, and a rural homestead offer a silent sanctuary that withstands the pressures of the totalitarian regime.  Stonys foreshadowed his cinematic liturgy of ordinariness with his directorial debut.

Open the Door to Him Who Comes

Audrius Stonys
Lithuania / 1989 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Litany of Happy People
This originally censored musical film is a satirical depiction of the inhabitants of Vojvodina, a rural region of Serbia characterized by its multi-ethnic population. Although it won two awards in Oberhausen, it was banned in Yugoslavia and Godina was long prevented from making experimental film. „I have always tried to find a new language or a form to implement into the film.” K. Godina

Litany of Happy People

Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1971 / 14 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Painted in the Air
A short experimental film from the early oeuvre of the pioneer of Czech video art, Radek Pilař, combines black-and-white amateur footage of the performance poet Václav Fischer with patterns manually tinted by the author. Abstract shapes playfully interact with movements of the captured characters.

Painted in the Air

Radek Pilař
Czech Republic / 1965 / 3 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
Raven
Raven is a short structuralist film that follows the motions of a flying bird. Đurić juxtaposes the dark symbol of a raven with the poetic concept of a bird flying free.

Raven

Nikola Đurić
Serbia / 1973 / 7 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Searching for Balance (From Abstraction to Figuration)
Searching for Balance is an experimental silent video art project. Skala uses silhouettes of a woman's torso to frame the rapidly changing coloured filling along with altering the speed of footage to achieve his signature style.

Searching for Balance (From Abstraction to Figuration)

Petr Skala
Czechoslovakia / 1973 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Welcome to Tallinn!
An urban symphony comprising a visual collage of the Estonian capital city. With an emphasis on rhythm, it sets into motion a stream of compositions depicting various buildings and corners of the city. Its primary focus, however, is on the human element as a bearer of action and vitality, capturing the period of political thaw, carefree fun, and the joy of life.

Welcome to Tallinn!

Andrei Dobrovolski
Estonia / 1967 / 22 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Phantom Limb
The director has for the last 5 years made theatre and performance in total darkness with the aim of triggering the other senses and audience imagination. Phantom Limb his first film in this series, which mostly deals with total darkness.  We are following Mads as he enters his first regression therapy session, and gets guided into hypnosis. All recordings are real.

Phantom Limb

Thomas Østgaard
Norway / 2016 / 5 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
World Premiere
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Evropská unie
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Kraj Vysočina
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