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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Devil
The Devil

The Devil

director: Jean-Gabriel Périot
original title: The Devil
country: France
year: 2012
running time: 7 min.

synopsis

This unconventional, musically conceived human rights documentary looks at the period African-American revolt in the 1950s and '60s. Full of energy, it resounds with the song The Devil by the French band Boogers, which forms a counterpoint to the archival footage of the struggle against racial segregation and discrimination.

Images of dug-up streets, black children, their faces. Slowly, the guitars start playing a wild electro-pop: "If you look upon my face, you are watching now the devil." And the children's faces are replaced by their fathers'.

more about film

director: Jean-Gabriel Périot
producer: Nicolas Brevière
editing: Jean-gabriel Périot
music: Boogers /
sound: Xavier Thibault

other films in the section

Idle by the Sea
This experimental film shows natural phenomena in their raw form. Views of the sea are a multifaceted metaphor for birth, loss, madness, and death. Archetypal sequences accompanied by a cacophony of sound blend with the filmmaker’s intimate shots. The mysteries of life are presented in nineteen minutes.

Idle by the Sea

Kinda Hassan
Lebanon, Egypt / 2017 / 19 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
From Heigths
A young filmmaker sets off for the unknown territory of an African enclave to gather true stories of its inhabitants. Motionless scenery carries human imagination to heights where unforgettable moments of human life unfold. The meditative character of the film’s imagery captures the unique atmosphere of Lesotho. 

From Heigths

Pierre Bisson
Switzerland / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
The Cake
An observational look at the interaction between two elderly women: 100-year-old Ema and her six years younger sister Zosie. The camera sensitively documents how these two once famous hostesses try to bake a cake at their advanced age. In so doing, it offers a perceptive portrait of their personalities and their relationships.  

The Cake

Małgorzata Goździk
Poland / 2017 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
On Guard
The film is a skit on the parallels between a caretaker and a security guard embodied by the character of a young man who keeps watching over everything all the time. Repetitive and automated everyday tasks are accentuated by monotonous aesthetics of the camera and a slow-moving pace, introducing the audience into the world of Korean pragmatic mentality and sense of responsibility. 
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On Guard

Jeamin Cha
South Korea / 2018 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Central Station Sofia
The biggest train station in the Balkans was built during the peak of the socialist era, but today is a place that many people try to avoid. This surreal meditation showing the wanderings of a conifer, an empty hotel, a shuttered café and snippets from the lives of the station’s inhabitants provides a portrait of the current state of an entire country. Birds fight over a piece of bread. A radio announcement. Nobody at the hotel, a bored receptionist, disgruntled rail workers forbidden from watching television – for even in the half-life of decay there must be a clear sense of order.

Central Station Sofia

Alberto Iordanov
Bulgaria, United Kingdom / 2013 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
I Was Here
Director Zaina Erhaim has decided to explore her Syrian hometown of Idlib, which is controlled by anti-regime forces. Original footage captures familiar neighborhoods in ruins, where Erhaim leaves what is perhaps the last human footprint. This secretly-filmed documentary presents a visual experience of the loss of home and of meeting loved ones in a new reality.

I Was Here

Zaina Erhaim
Syria / 2017 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
An Inaccurate Distance
Translator Riccardo Bertani almost never leaves his house, but still travels in his imagination through his linguistic book transformations. For him, language is a true gateway to other worlds. And although the translator speaks the entire time about other worlds and the frontiers of knowledge, we observe his home in detail from an intimate distance.DETAIL:“I've always been interested in Russian writers but my first translation have been from Ukrainian. Within 6-7 weeks I was already writing Ukrainian. And then the Russians followed and then many others until the Yakutsk.”

An Inaccurate Distance

Giovanni Giaretta
Italy / 2014 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Hanawon
A compulsory stay in a Seoul facility known as Hanawon serves to prepare North Korean defectors for life under capitalism. Eight people tell of their experiences from their new lives, highlighting the challenges and prejudices that they must face in the completely different system. Their authentic testimonies are heard against the background of scenes of the bustling megalopolis.
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Hanawon

Romain Champalaune
Netherlands / 2019 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Amdo After Harvest
Footage of an ancient, often elemental ritual of the Tibetan community living on the far borders of China – a repeated encounter between people and the gods at harvest time. Into this tradition of sacred fire and ecstatic dancing seep modern signs and symbols such as iPods, fun fair balloons and children's t-shirt with pictures of Mickey Mouse. I pray as I walk when I spin the prayer wheel. Thick, grey smoke rises to the heavens and blood slowly drips down the forehead from the slit skin on the head. Even in traditional clothing, each generation unconsciously reveals its attributes.

Amdo After Harvest

Adam Ruszkowski
Poland / 2013 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Benghazi Stories
Three micro-stories from contemporary Libya – specifically the town of Benghazi, stigmatised by the terrorist attack on the American consulate and the death of the American ambassador – present the city during a time of change and offer a look at the life of a used-car salesman, a fisherman on the sea, and a young doctor as she learns to drive a car. Seen from the air, the cars covered in a fine layer of dust and sand look like toy cars lined up on a shelf. In the words of the jovial salesman, "you can still smell the factory."

Benghazi Stories

Omar Bushiha, Farag Akwedir, Ibrahim Algouri
United Kingdom, Libya / 2012 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Cooling Waters
In a single take lasting several minutes, the film shows the village of Hladivode (whose names means “Cooling Waters”) near Sarajevo. After a slow tracking shot across an orchard, the camera zooms out to show a group of men engaged in conversation. They are filling in the bullet holes on a ruined building – a reminder of the recent events in the Balkan peninsula’s turbulent history.

Cooling Waters

Jonas Scheu
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland / 2015 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
The Green Serpent – Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams
Vodka as the source of the Russian nation’s transcendental inspiration. A green serpent whose bite pulls us into landscapes of dusk, introspectively told by a poet, actor, theatre director and scientist, against a backdrop of images from the Russian winter. The fifth element of the world reveals its potential in an ode to passion. Darkness. And in it, blossoming streetlights. Tire tracks in the snow in which shiver dried flowers. On the ground beneath them, the flashes of small stars. “Vodka is like sex. Like perfume. It depends on your mood.”

The Green Serpent – Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams

Benny Jaberg
Russia, Switzerland / 2013 / 21 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
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