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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Simona Donovalova
original title: Dnes
country: Slovakia
year: 2017
running time: 8 min.

synopsis

A portrait of sunlight, created on 35mm film negative using a camera obscura built by the filmmaker. The camera records a plant from morning to evening at several-minute intervals. The sequence of images compiled from these photographs create a cinematic sundial.

biography

Simona Donovalová (1993), who is currently studying editing at FAMU, has worked on several student films. This year’s Ji.hlava IDFF is also showing her short film Trace I Leave (Behind).

more about film

director: Simona Donovalova
producer: Simona Donovalova
editing: Simona Donovalova

other films in the section

Wet Wedding
Behind the curtain of the film strip the concreteness of images appears and disappears again with varying levels of visuals shifts and deformations. The sounds of the film’s movement mix with voices that give the scenes context but nevertheless prevent a reconstruction of the fable. – The story dissolves, and during this layering we move further away from it ever being one.

Wet Wedding

Jan Daňhel, Jakub Halousek
Czech Republic / 2017 / 24 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Czech Premiere
About Me
In this short film, animated natural objects express the artist’s inner world: an unending search for new ways to do projects, searching for hidden meanings, and overcoming the fear of experimentation. The film’s central motif is, however, synesthesia as experienced through the fusion of physical sensory perceptions.

About Me

Anastasia Serdyuk
Czech Republic / 2017 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Transformations /  Vapors / Melanosis
An essay focusing on the topic of the exploitation of natural resources has as its primary theme water, showing its forms and changes in the chain of industry. The deep soundtrack is as dark as dirty water leaking from a power plant and, together with images of industry, evokes a sense of ecological anxiety.

Transformations / Vapors / Melanosis

Michal Kindernay
Czech Republic / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Images of the Outer World
Happines. Sadness. A man. Life. A computer programme generates dozens of password images per second. The cell phone records the outside world into short clips. Their visual collage is accompanied by a voice-over – an interview of the director with a chatbot in an experimental documentary co-created by computer technology.
personal program

Images of the Outer World

Martin Janoušek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Loathing...
A personal essay inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano (1952). Using machins learning on the level of deep reading, the film processes visual and audio records, distorting them, rearranging them, and subsequently submitting them to an algorithm created in part by artificial intelligence that reconstructs the sequences and arranges them in chronological order.

Loathing...

Franz Milec
Germany, Czech Republic / 2017 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Ústí
A poetic short portrait of the Ústí region of the Czech Republic. Using experimental means of expression, the director creates a hypnotizing study that combines natural and urban landscape motifs into a multi-layered dynamic collage. The film was shot on 16 mm stock and was created without the use of visual effects.Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz: Out of competition

Ústí

Lukáš Janičík
Czech Republic / 2017 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Funeral
Through performances in the post-industrial landscape of the Most Basin, the filmmaker addresses the consequences of exploiting natural resources. Live tableaux, in which symbolic funerals for the devastated landscape - paradoxically full of strange unnatural beauty – are held, are a critical commentary on how we deal with the natural environment.

Funeral

Vladimír Turner
Czech Republic / 2016 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Canis Lupus
Canis lupus, or the grey wolf, may be altered into the family dog by adding the attribute familiaris to its generic name. This experimental film brings out parallels between the aggressive nature of the wild beast and humans with the author eliminating soundtrack, building up his reflections using 3D animations combined with a written monologue told by invisible narrator.
personal program

Canis Lupus

Artur Magrot
Czech Republic / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
The conglomerate eternity
An archaeologically significant site diffuses its memory through levels of the myths, rituals, and folk tales in an essayist discourse on the forms of historical continuity. Absence of contact sound and minimalist music emphasizing the visual motifs of both alive and inanimate tracks in the landscape.

The conglomerate eternity

Petr Pololáník
Czech Republic / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Can
This experimental film collage makes use of documentary, fiction and animated film techniques. The fading traces of childhood are mixed with the folk culture of the Haná region, all of it shot on 16mm film. The filmmaker thus preserves her chosen motifs, which are slowly but irrevocably disappearing from the present day.

Can

Lucie Navrátilová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Wild Eye - Annihilation of Space - Despite of Limitations
Transforming the author’s film from the 1970s, the film trilogy captures a naked woman’s body in gentle motion iterations.  The combination of abstract expressionism and the figural motif uses distinctive colours, rapid shape-shifting and the dynamics of the human silhouette.
personal program

Wild Eye - Annihilation of Space - Despite of Limitations

Petr Skala
Czech Republic / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
This Kind of Spring Has Never Been Yet
This personal essay relates the perception of space to the mental universe of screenwriter and director Pavel Juráček who found his “truly ideal place” in the town of Příbram. The sensitive combination of journal entries, intimate notes, and film fragments tries to break down conventional storytelling techniques to build an original world of timeless thinking.

This Kind of Spring Has Never Been Yet

Tereza Kozáková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 21 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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