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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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De Potentia Dei

De Potentia Dei

director: Ondřej Vavrečka
original title: De Potentia Dei
country: Czech Republic
year: 2016
running time: 66 min.

synopsis

Potentia dei is a notion difficult to translate, but possible to explain. The same goes for a film essay by Ondřej Vavrečka, with signs and information, their interpretation and secrets as its main theme. The collage-like film uses sharp audiovisual contrasts to make people think.

biography

Experimental filmmaker ondřej vavrečka (1980) makes open collage films, such as Novosti Dnya (2005, Ji.hlava idFF 2008), Ultimum Refugium (2011, Ji.hlava idFF 2011), and The Interposed (2014, Ji.hlava idFF 2014). 

more about film

director: Ondřej Vavrečka
cast: Jana Kozubková, Kamil Bouška, Patrik Battya, Avi Tetrokalashvili, Tomáš Kurečka
producer: Ondřej Vavrečka
photography: Ondřej Vavrečka
editing: Ondřej Vavrečka, Lucie Navrátilová, Jana Vlčková
music: Tomáš Vtípil, Obec, Paumanok
sound: Jan Richtr, Ondřej Vavrečka

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