24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
WORKSHOP Václav Havel
original title: DÍLNA Václav Havel
country: Czech Republic
running time: 120 min.
Knihovna Václava Havla
Kateřinská 18 | 120 00 Praha 2
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The first-year workshop of the FAMU Documentary Department is led by Vít Klusák, who, together with his students, will present both the concept of the seminar as well as the films resulting from it during the 2015/16 academic year. Each of the five participating students will present two of their films that were selected as their final projects, as well as film exercises that generally cannot be seen outside the academy.In this year’s batch, the audience will learn what may be hidden behind the Czech terms “norník” and “ťapina”, and that the quest to find a partner may be conceived using the refined language of the silver screen. They will also see the news report from a courtroom where unscrupulous individualism comes out the winner in the form of a decadent deviation from the noble ideal of freedom… Discussion is welcome!---The Workshop is led by: Vít KlusákStudents: Jindřich Andrš, Lenka Benešová, Matouš Bičák, Eliška Cílková, Zora Čápová
An opening reception for an exhibition of jugs by ceramic artist František Maxera is slowly transformed into a wild alcohol-fueled party with an acoustic concert by the members of the Plastic People. Recorded at the U Lojzy pub in Prague’s Vinohrady district.
Jugs of Franz Maxera at Hospoda U Lojzy
Czechoslovakia / 1973 / 9 min.
Dramaturge, screenwriter, and director Pavol Sýkora (1931–1970) was a central figure of Slovak documentary film in the 1960s. He worked as a dramaturge on documentary films at Koliba Studios. The selected films represent his most distinctive and original portraits. Besides an inclination for the reconstruction pioneered by Flaherty, Sýkora’s work is characterized by an attempt at achieving a maximum understanding of the subject free of embellishment, academism, and pathos, and without being didactic. The results are deeply felt portraits of man or explorations of inner experience, often without words.---Dílnu vede / The Workshop is led by: Martin Kaňuch
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.
Czech Republic / 2019 / 52 min.
The film focuses on the disillusionment that occurs during the transition from boyhood to manhood. The protagonist, a vision-impaired boy, who prefers to hold a model airplane in his hands rather than a clarinet. Life in a dormitory and intensive schooling awaken questions in him regarding his own self-determination. The asynchronous sound and off-screen commentary add a dreamlike energy to the film.
Czech Republic / 1965 / 16 min.
The wedding film of the Plastic People’s singer, Paul Wilson, shows the scene before and after the ceremony at the town hall in Prague 5, including the gathered friends and the final departure of the newlyweds.
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 3 min.
The “Dumpling Feast” was a private event held at the home of Dana and Jiří Němec on Prague’s Ječná Street. The idea for the event came from Ivan M. Jirous, who held the family’s dumpling recipe. Besides showing several people cooking and an improvised concert, the film’s main focus is on a “happening” by Jan Steklík and Karel Nepraš of the Crusader School of Pure Humor Without Jokes – the “measuring of the food.”
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 9 min.
In honor of Arnošt and Jaroslava Hanibal’s wedding in September 1974, Ivan M. Jirous held the “First Festival of Other Culture” in Postupice, with the passive presence of the police. Performers included Old Teenagers, Sen Noci Svatojánské Band, Goldberg Grass Band, DG 307, Svatopluk Karásek, Charlie Soukup, and the Plastic People. The evening also featured a screening of Jan Ságl’s earlier films. The documentary opens with people gathering by the Rudolfinum in Prague, and also captures a part of the various performances. From the footage, it is evident that there were other cameramen present with 16mm film, making this one of the best-documented underground events.
Czechoslovakia / 1974 / 15 min.
Artists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Daniela Baráčková, Filip Cenek, Vladimír Houdek, Barbora Kleinhamplová, Tomáš Moravec, Lucia Sceranková, Jan Šerých, Roman Štětina Curator: Karina Kottová A selection of films, video-essays and videos in a curatorial concept of Karina Kottová (Jindřich Chalupecký Society) stems from an attempt to systematically merge the approaches of visual artists and the possibilities of presenting their moving image works, which are usually displayed in a gallery setting, in a form of a linear film screening. The connecting motif of the selected works is a certain type of geometry or structural grid, which becomes the holder of a narrative: in some cases a completely abstract one, or even lyrical, in other times engaged, touching upon systems we live in, the question of work, everyday concerns as well as their possible alternatives. The selection itself has its own rhythm; the individual works create the storyline through diverse combinations of text, image, sound and motion. The selected artists have previously been finalists or winners of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award. works: Tomáš Moravec, Otázka líbivosti pláště / Question of Superficial Affection, 3'51'', 2012 Zbyněk Baladrán, Teorie práce / Theory of Work, 13'19'', 2007 Roman Štětina, Studio č. 2 (Klapka) / Studio no. 2 (Slapstick), 4'32'', 2013 Barbora Kleinhamplová, MPEG Girl, 8'31'', 2016 Filip Cenek, Bez názvu (Cesta mlhou) / Untitled (Traveling through Fog), záznam z instalace / installation documentation, 4'09'', 2010–2013 Vladimír Houdek ve spolupráci s Hanou Polanskou Turečkovou / In collaboration with Hana Polanská Turečková, Kanoucí šíře / The Trickling Expanse, 18'4'', 2014 Daniela Baráčková, Macocha, 0'40'', 2013 Jan Šerých, Paramnesia, 6'39'', 2009 Lucia Sceranková, Cucurrucucu, 4'28'', 2009
It is the late 1980s. Petr Mička and Jirka Imlauf are friends at the Faculty of Education in Ústí nad Labem. Two years still remain before the Velvet Revolution. What could their random participation in an unpermitted protest possibly achieve? And what happens after a random look into the Cibulka List of supposed collaborators 20 years later?
Stories of the 20th Century: Agent Vian
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
Jan and Adam Novák’s documentary comedy offers a look at army hockey under socialism. Through intimate interviews and selected gems from the Army Film Archives, they introduce us to the mentality of Czechoslovakia’s hockey soldiers and officers. Czechoslovakia’s most famous hockey players and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff explain what it was like to train and play for the army’s hockey clubs, what units they served with and what their role in the event of war would have been, how they were promoted, and how they smuggled glassware, vodka, money, and hockey pucks through the Iron Curtain in order to bring laundry detergent back home. About mass “socialist” weddings of players, about breathalyzer tests before Sunday practice, about fulfilling their commitments and going to interrogations.
Jan Novák: Guns, Pucks, Beer, and Dogs
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.
Czechoslovakia / 1974 / 9 min.