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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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WORKSHOP American Culture in Contemporary Documentary Cinema

WORKSHOP American Culture in Contemporary Documentary Cinema

original title: DÍLNA Americká kultura v současné dokumentární kinematografii
running time: 90 min.

synopsis

This workshop will focus on capturing human movement as a form of expression that is equal to spoken and written expression. We will be especially interested in both the spontaneous and the planned use of hands as language, including the unique characteristics of the cinematic recording of the hand’s rhythm and movement. Workshop participants will watch two documentaries: In the Land of the Deaf (dir. Nicolas Philibert, 1993) and Dancing Dreams (dir. Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann, 2010). The first of these (by the director of To Be and to Have) enters the world of deaf-mutes; the second off ers a look at dance rehearsals at Pina Bausch’s Kontakthof with a group of young non-professional dancers.  

other films in the section

Suchá nearby Nejdek
Preparations for a concert by the Plastic People and Aktual in the village of Suchá by Nejdek. The film records the arrival of the band members, moving the equipment, and setting up the stage, but not the concert itself, which took place in absolute darkness and is seen on the film only as a brief shot of someone breathing fire – one of the many pyrotechnical effects that were a part of the Plastics’ concerts. It is a momentary homage to fire-breather, stage technician, and later the drummer for DG 307, Vladimír Vyšín.

Suchá nearby Nejdek

Jan Ságl
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 3 min.
section: Workshops
noimage
We most commonly see Normalization era in Czechoslovakia – the time of social and political repression following the country’s invasion by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968 – through documentaries about dissidents or from old television series. But the dilemmas posed by the totalitarian regime affected everybody. The 16-part series Stories of the 20th Century explores various people’s (students, journalists, miners, secret police collaborators, soldiers, rank-and-file Party members, homosexuals, and many others) responses to the pressure they received not only from the government apparatus but also from those around them. ---Three films from the series will be presented by their writers and directors. Tři filmy představí a debatu o nich povedou režiséři a scenáristé cyklu.

Stories of the 20th Century

section: Workshops
WORKSHOP Where the Hands Go
This workshop will focus on capturing human movement as a form of expression that is equal to spoken and written expression. We will be especially interested in both the spontaneous and the planned use of hands as language, including the unique characteristics of the cinematic recording of the hand’s rhythm and movement. Workshop participants will watch two documentaries: In the Land of the Deaf (dir. Nicolas Philibert, 1993) and Dancing Dreams (dir. Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann, 2010). The first of these (by the director of To Be and to Have) enters the world of deaf-mutes; the second offers a look at dance rehearsals at Pina Bausch’s Kontakthof with a group of young non-professional dancers. 

WORKSHOP Where the Hands Go

90 min.
section: Workshops
WORKSHOP Václav Havel
Knihovna Václava HavlaKateřinská 18 | 120 00 Praha 2Tel.: +420 222 220 112Fax: +420 222 212 742info@vaclavhavel-library.org

WORKSHOP Václav Havel

Czech Republic / 120 min.
section: Workshops
Open Fortress
The film deals with events at Masaryk University in Brno during one academic year against the background of annual celebrations of historic events that helped to shape the academy’s present orientation. Through a large number of annual events and rituals with graduation ceremonies as their peak, the film asks questions about the continuity of university traditions and whether they still hold their original meaning: a quest to seek truth in the free world populated by students and professors. The film will be co-screened with Universities and Freedom. A Q&A session with guests is planned after the screening.
personal program

Open Fortress

Ivo Bystřičan
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
section: Workshops
Confession
A young prisoner, who wants to escape the fate predestined for her due to her mother’s lack of interest, recalls her childhood and why she ran away from home. The narrative is complemented with poems she started to write when her loved ones did not send her any letters. This portrait delves deep into the experiences of a psychologically wounded young woman.“Sýkora’s portrayal of an individual’s ‘confession’ presents a multidimensional and forceful personal portrait, melding with the director’s attitude in a work reflecting high-quality filmmaking skills, mood and atmosphere, and is obviously linked to the filmmaker’s mentality, which is not lacking in sentimentality.” Pavel Branko

Confession

Pavol Sýkora
Czechoslovakia / 1968 / 16 min.
section: Workshops
Music F Club
A concert by the Plastic People and Aktual at the Music F Club on 26 February 1971 – usually called one of the key events of the Czech underground. The film captures pre-concert preparations and the concert itself, including the industrial elements of Milan Knížák’s Aktual (the use of power drill, metal percussion, various objects, and throwing rice into the audience). The second part of the film shows some of the costumes and stage designs that Jan Ságl made for the Plastics’ concerts with his wife Zorka Ságlová.

Music F Club

Jan Ságl
Czechoslovakia / 1971 / 6 min.
section: Workshops
noimage
This graduate project film uses zoom shots delving deep into the landscape to bring images of a smoking chimney and large mining wheel excavators. This portrayal of objects embedded in a landscape gradually being taken over by the army is a colorful visual poem presenting in-depth views of the life of passive nature, which is in sharp contrasting with iconic symbols of civilization.

Green Horizon

Tibor Podhorec
Czechoslovakia / 1965 / 8 min.
section: Workshops
Karel Thein: The Film Essay and the Prose of Images
The aim of a literary essay is to capture the moveable and unstable “ego”, which also involves things and other people. The objective of the workshop is to explore the methods that can (and cannot) be used to convert this loose prosaic form into film. We will also examine how filmmakers themselves perceive the film essay in their own texts, starting with Hans Richter and his reflective manifesto entitled The Film Essay: A New Form of Documentary Film (1940). The workshop will also include commented excerpts from films by Dziga Vertov, Hans Richter, and Terence Davies.---Dílnu vede / The Workshop is led by: Karel Thein

Karel Thein: The Film Essay and the Prose of Images

90 min.
section: Workshops
Stories of the 20th Century: The Legend of St. Julius
Julius Varga was an atheist suffering from a terrible disease. After twenty years of being bound to his bed and imprisoned in an immobile and deformed body, he embarked on an inner spiritual journey in search of Christ. In Normalization-era Czechoslovakia, under constant surveillance by State Security, he gathered around himself a group of young people, becoming their guide and teacher in matters of life and death.

Stories of the 20th Century: The Legend of St. Julius

Petr Hátle
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
section: Workshops
Klukovice, Bondy
A reading by Egon Bondy at the local pub in Klukovice in November 1974. Bondy reads Invalid Siblings as Ságl’s camera focuses primarily on the faces in the audience. About halfway through the film, there is an improvised acoustic concert by the members of the Plastic People, which transforms the event into a wild party, including Bondy’s own creative dancing.

Klukovice, Bondy

Jan Ságl
Czechoslovakia / 1974 / 9 min.
section: Workshops
Czech Journal. Free Smetana!
He drew antennae onto politicians‘ posters and underneath he wrote they are liars, thieves, and corrupt whores. One of his colleagues – also a bus driver – turned him in. The judge in his trial was the wife of one of the defamed politicians. He destroyed private property! He paid 15,000 crowns in damages, but refused any additional punishment. “I have nothing to atone for!” Roman Smetana called out in court. He got 100 days. For the filmmakers, it was not enough to merely document his story – they bought spray paint and hit the streets... (Directors Cut is one episode of the Czech Journal, a new Czech Television documentary series, portraying life of Czech society in 2012. Airing in January, 2013) 

Czech Journal. Free Smetana!

Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
Czech Republic / 2012 / 30 min.
section: Workshops
World Premiere
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Evropská unie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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