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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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What Is Behind the Canvas?

What Is Behind the Canvas?

director: Haukur Hallsson
original title: Co je za plátnem?
country: Czech Republic
year: 2016
running time: 12 min.

synopsis

Legendary Czech documentary filmmaker and head of FAMU’s documentary department Karel Vachek returns to painting after 35 years. On the way from his exhibition in Tišnov, he shares his memories and distinctive views on art and life.

biography

Icelandic filmmaker Haukur Hallsson (1989) is studying directing at FAMU. He is the author of three short films, and regularly collaborates with theaters and performers in Reykjavik.

more about film

director: Haukur Hallsson
cast: Karel Vachek
producer: Haukur Hallsson, Miloslava Bednářová
script: Haukur Hallsson
photography: Nader Chalhoub, Saul Pankhurst
editing: Dimitrios Polyzos
sound: Gary Boyd

other films in the section

Kov o kov
Mum is. Mum lives. There’s a scar on her chest, but don’t pay any notice. There’s a heart inside that is beating. Metal against metal. A mechanical aortic valve to replace the one that was all used up. The heart beats on. The film poem gets beneath the surface, opening up the skin through projection. It shows a process that gives new life.

Kov o kov

Greta Stocklassa
Czech Republic / 2017 / 4 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
FAMU: First-year
The first-year workshop of the Documentary Film Studies at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague is led by Vít Klusák. Together with his students, he will present the workshop concept and the films made during the school year of 2017/18. Each of the six students will present two films made for their final exams and film exercises that are not usually screened outside the school.  This year, viewers will take part in a friendly trip, which is about finding a way to one’s self, look behind the scenes of this year’s Klimakemp, and jump into the world of puddles with a 16mm Bolex camera.Discussion welcome!The worskhop is led by: Vít Klusák  

FAMU: First-year

150 min.
section: FAMU Presents
A Night Out
A film about a young man discovering himself though his transsexuality. While on most days, he's a man named Víťa, sometimes he becomes a woman called Aurélie. We witness a unique insight into his physical and mental transformation with the participation of Libuše the photographer. The film consists of Libuše's photographs and conversations of the two protagonists.

A Night Out

Lumír Košař
Czech Republic / 2018 / 14 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
inscenatiOn.1948
A film about staging a theater performance 70 years after the events of 1948, as well as the real theater production that the whole communist coup was. Puppets seemingly without puppeteers, puppets moving about of their own free will - this is how communist comrades were and this is exactly how they’re presented in this film.  

inscenatiOn.1948

David Daenemark
Czech Republic / 2018 / 12 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
If you place one spaghetti on second spaghetti
“When Joe says that the world will end in twenty years, why make movies?” “But this is also a culinary film!” This summery, sunny portrait of the French film collective MTK, devoted to their artistic cinema lab equipped to work with black and white and color material, offers similar impressive fragments of thoughts, comments and questions. The film will be screened from 16mm film.
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If you place one spaghetti on second spaghetti

Anna Petruželová
Czech Republic, France / 2019 / 12 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Everything will End up in a Pine Box
A mini-portrait, treading lightly on the fringe of a gently parodic self-portrait, of the collector/gynaecologist/animal breeder/honorary consul/Dutch/Czech gentleman Oldřich Uttendorfský. Through the panopticon of an ordinary day, we are introduced to a man in whom languages, times, and cultures blend in a way that is difficult to analyse and interpret.‬

Everything will End up in a Pine Box

Alžběta Kovandová
Czech Republic / 2015 / 17 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Medium grey
Professor Jiří Myslík offers an engaging lecture on the physical criteria for capturing images on black and white media. His interpretation of the exposure of human skin is accompanied by playful illustrations that place the firm firmly in the celebrated tradition of Czechoslovak educational films.

Medium grey

Greta Stocklassa
Czech Republic / 2015 / 9 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Show me the war
Fixers are local guides who tell journalists how to get the best images of war – from what angle to shoot a ruined airport, which checkpoint to pass through and which to avoid. A wartime road movie from eastern Ukraine, the film follows the fixer Ruslan and a Columbian television crew that wants just one thing – to see war.

Show me the war

Zdeněk Chaloupka
Czech Republic / 2016 / 40 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Grandfather’s Magic
This portrait of the filmmaker’s grandfather, stage manager of the Laterna Magika and slightly eccentric intellectual, is stylised into a surreal performance. In a small space, the film builds an original formal structure that freely oscillates between playfulness and illustration, childishness and seriousness, the Buddhistic here and now and sharp patterns of thoughtful post-production.

Grandfather’s Magic

Jan Strejcovský
Czech Republic / 2015 / 20 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
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The joys and sorrows of artist František Skála is captured in this brightly colored film. Member of the Sklep theatre group, founding member of the Tvrdohlaví art group and the secret group B. K. S.  is renowned for his creations from found and natural objects, creating new works in his Prague atelier and at his rural farm, demonstrating against the government, and performing with Tros Sketos.
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little „shits“ - details

Vojtěch Petřina
Czech Republic / 2019 / 15 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Fiat voluntas tua
A montage of scenes exploring the meaning of existence, which during its brief stay on Earth finds itself controlled by a higher power, a parasite that controls all of Life, shaping it and determining time. Footage of thousands of chicks killed just hours after their birth alternate with scenes of a flowering summer garden.

Fiat voluntas tua

Adéla Komrzý
Czech Republic / 2016 / 3 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Home 4
Home 4 is loosely inspired by Olaf Breuning’s trilogy of films entitled Home, in which the Swiss artist used an actor, home videos, and the aesthetics of trash to explore the phenomenon of home.

Home 4

Jan Kačena
Czech Republic / 2016 / 30 min.
section: FAMU Presents
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