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25th 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

Pillow and Blanket
This conceptual work reconstructs the memories of a hotel room in the so-called red-light district in the city of Makati in the Philippines. The objects which dominate the author's perspective are pillows and blankets. However, extreme close-ups reveal other objects in the room and what is behind them.

Pillow and Blanket

Jan Philippe Carpio
Philippines / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Missing Parts
A film that shows the importance of having the full picture. Through unusual camera framing, we see only certain parts of various objects, and are thus forced to complete the picture using our fantasy. Slices of everyday Palestinian life offer the viewer a diff erent point of view.  

Missing Parts

Alfredo Covelli
Palestinian Territories / 2012 / 5 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Komorebitatchi
This delicate film, shot in a region with a strong Shinto tradition, tries to capture the Shinto emphasis on man’s harmony with nature. Without explaining, the film depicts rituals associated with the felling and planting of trees, which are seen as living beings. The film gives equal time to human actions, restrained discourse, trees, the wind and the sunlight, which almost mystically always enters the ritual at exactly the right time.DETAIL:Slowly and gently, he places his right cheek and ear against the stately felled trunk. He closes his eyes and listens. To European eyes, someone with the face of a boy at a dance club has just begun a reverent ceremony that will comfort the body and soul of another being.

Komorebitatchi

Masanori Omori, Sophie Perrier
Switzerland, Japan / 2014 / 14 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Greetings from Myanmar
Unsuspecting tourists enjoy a peaceful holiday in Myanmar's hotel complexes, lazily walking between swimming pools and sun umbrellas, while ten kilometers away, members of the Rohingya ethnic group are being tortured and killed as a result of the largest genocide in Asia since the Vietnam War.     Watch Short Joy films for free on DAFilms now and decide who will win the Audience Award. Voting ends on 29 October.
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Greetings from Myanmar

Sunniva Sundby Riiser, Andreas J. Riiser
Myanmar [Burma], Norway / 2020 / 5 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Cod Liver Oil and Cream Caramels
We enter a dilapidated boarding school through an open, broken window. Blotches on the pure snowy landscape. Visually refined footage of decay is accompanied by the reminiscences of the now-adult children who came here as seven-year-olds. Some of them would prefer to forget what others see as the best years of their lives. Children who cannot be seen. The giggling of children’s voices carries through the run-down rooms. A boy and a girl. They exchange new words. Someone is coming, but does not enter. The door opens on its own. Behind the building shimmer the Northern Lights.

Cod Liver Oil and Cream Caramels

Guro Saniola Bjerk
Norway / 2013 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
Real Man's Film
They learned how to hold a weapon before they ever learned to hold a spoon. In Croatia, a country between two wars, every child on the street has a plastic weapon. A shocking look at the circumstances that form children from a young age. Everything starts with the innocent purchase of a toy at the market.  

Real Man's Film

Nebojša Slijepčević
Croatia / 2012 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
noimage
FilmDESERTS looks at the Tuareg, whose struggles with the armies of the Saharan countries through which they migrate are robbing them of their original culture and traditional way of life. As a result, the once open Sahara has become a prison for them. The film does more than merely look at the life of this Berber tribe, but also captures individual stories in order to create a collective memory.

Amanar Tamasheq

Lluis Escartín
Mali, Spain / 2010 / 14 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
noimage
FilmRELATIONSHIP depicts an unusual living arrangement between two women. On 5 May 2005, Beverly vowed obedience to the older Catherine, thus relinquishing her freedom for the rest of her life. A film about material, mental, and physical dependence. Although Beverly was never attracted to women and is a mother herself, Catherine represents her ideal of unattainable love.

The Contract

Lina Mannheimer
Sweden / 2010 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Heliconia
Fourteen-year-old Maria spends her time in the extensive tropical garden of her family house. When she meets her brother and his friend Adrian on motorcycles during the New Year celebrations, she decides to flee with them to find paradise on earth together. The story, filled with biblical symbols, stands out with its sensual grainy 8mm images reminiscent of heliconia leaves, plants pollinated by birds.     „I like to make the medium and its plasticity visible, to let images live and breathe. I designed several images in Heliconia like tableaux vivants, and in this respect, I am really inspired by frame composition in painting and in photography.“ P. Rodríguez Polanco     Watch Short Joy films for free on DAFilms now and decide who will win the Audience Award. Voting ends on 29 October.
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Heliconia

Paula Rodríguez Polanco
France / 2020 / 27 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
The Neighbours
This animated documentary revives the story of Rudolf Bělohoubek in the form of moving “comic” drawings with commentary. After the Second World War, the son of a Czech father and German mother witnessed the execution of his parents by the Revolutionary Guards, who even had some of the family’s neighbors amongst their ranks. 

The Neighbours

Martin Búřil
Czech Republic / 2019 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Common language
The director, who has always been viewed as the black sheep in her family, sets out to the Belarusian town of Vitebsk to talk with her parents about previous grievances and topics that were considered taboo. The effort to find a common language, which runs into stormy emotions and the inability to voice honest opinions, is captured through both personal moments and detailed shots of the protagonists’ faces.     “I decided to visit my parents in Vitebsk so that I could talk with them about things I didn’t have the courage to speak about before, and to ask them some crucial questions.” V. Chajkouskaya     Watch Short Joy films for free on DAFilms now and decide who will win the Audience Award. Voting ends on 29 October.
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Common language

Volia Chajkouskaya
Estonia, Belarus / 2019 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
Last Portrait
A fog-shrouded journey to the other shore. An epilogue to the life of an anonymous man setting out for his last journey down the river of life. The commentary consists of silence and of shots of oars in the water. This atmospheric spectacle of the preparations for an Indian funeral attempts to create a final portrait of one person and his family during their final farewell.  

Last Portrait

David Varela
Spain / 2011 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
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