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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Good Film

director: Lenka Benešová
original title: Dobrý film
country: Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 17 min.

synopsis

Lenka Benešová skillfully worked the creative process into her final project. The filmmaker’s documentary film Prostředek, about the colorful personality of Stanislav Lysák, is incorporated between episodes taken from the filmmaker’s family life and sources of inspiration. The path to a good film becomes the protagonist of this short film.

biography

Lenka Benešová (1998) studies in the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. She shot the short film I ♥ (2016) about her own solitude. The young director is interested in relationships and themes relating to personal development.

more about film

director: Lenka Benešová
cast: Vratislava Benešová, Pavel Beneš, Stanislav Lysák, Lenka Benešová
producer: Ondřej Šejnoha
photography: Tomáš Kotas
editing: Matěj Podskalský
sound: Anna Jesenská

other films in the section

Grandfather’s Magic
This portrait of the filmmaker’s grandfather, stage manager of the Laterna Magika and slightly eccentric intellectual, is stylised into a surreal performance. In a small space, the film builds an original formal structure that freely oscillates between playfulness and illustration, childishness and seriousness, the Buddhistic here and now and sharp patterns of thoughtful post-production.

Grandfather’s Magic

Jan Strejcovský
Czech Republic / 2015 / 20 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
OK2PAY
A black and white portrait of cameraman and amateur radio operator Ladislav Prajsner who uses the popular OK2PAY American term on the airwaves. In this field, he is one of the best since he has managed to gradually establish radio contact with all the countries in the world. 
personal program

OK2PAY

Marie-Magdalena Kochová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 10 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
inscenatiOn.1948
A film about staging a theater performance 70 years after the events of 1948, as well as the real theater production that the whole communist coup was. Puppets seemingly without puppeteers, puppets moving about of their own free will - this is how communist comrades were and this is exactly how they’re presented in this film.  

inscenatiOn.1948

David Daenemark
Czech Republic / 2018 / 12 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Home 4
Home 4 is loosely inspired by Olaf Breuning’s trilogy of films entitled Home, in which the Swiss artist used an actor, home videos, and the aesthetics of trash to explore the phenomenon of home.

Home 4

Jan Kačena
Czech Republic / 2016 / 30 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
FAMU: First-year
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 2016/17 academic year.

FAMU: First-year

150 min.
section: FAMU Presents
Show me the war
Fixers are local guides who tell journalists how to get the best images of war – from what angle to shoot a ruined airport, which checkpoint to pass through and which to avoid. A wartime road movie from eastern Ukraine, the film follows the fixer Ruslan and a Columbian television crew that wants just one thing – to see war.

Show me the war

Zdeněk Chaloupka
Czech Republic / 2016 / 40 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Fiat voluntas tua
A montage of scenes exploring the meaning of existence, which during its brief stay on Earth finds itself controlled by a higher power, a parasite that controls all of Life, shaping it and determining time. Footage of thousands of chicks killed just hours after their birth alternate with scenes of a flowering summer garden.

Fiat voluntas tua

Adéla Komrzý
Czech Republic / 2016 / 3 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
FAMU: First-year
The first-year workshop of the Documentary Film Studies at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague is led by Vít Klusák. Together with his students, he will present the workshop concept and the films made during the school year of 2017/18. Each of the six students will present two films made for their final exams and film exercises that are not usually screened outside the school.  This year, viewers will take part in a friendly trip, which is about finding a way to one’s self, look behind the scenes of this year’s Klimakemp, and jump into the world of puddles with a 16mm Bolex camera.Discussion welcome!The worskhop is led by: Vít Klusák  

FAMU: First-year

150 min.
section: FAMU Presents
FAMU: First-year
Documentary filmmaker Jan Šípek took over the workshop of first-year FAMU students at the Department of Documentary Film in Prague from Vít Klusák. Under his leadership, students created a series of works during a seminar, which are to be presented at this year's festival. Thus, the audience will have the opportunity to get a closer look at the work of young documentary filmmakers, since a part of their work is not normally presented outside of school. The workshop is led by Jan Šípek. Students: Anežka Fišárková, Širín Nafariehová, Kryštof Zvolánek, Michael Jiřinec, Juliana Moska, and Josef Švejda.
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FAMU: First-year

150 min.
section: FAMU Presents
Blow-off!
In Czech, “vykuř!” is not only a command but now even an interjection. The film presents an elusive portrait of the ex-structural existence of a poet and modern-day king living outside the system and conventions, yet still moving through all shades of the spectrum of the meaning of this word.
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Blow-off!

Kateřina Dudová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 24 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Varga
A film portrait of a legend of the Czechoslovak music scene takes a look at rock keyboardist Marián Varga (1947–2017) near the end of his life when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. She filmed this hugely introverted chain smoker during his last performances as he slowly began to lose his breath.

Varga

Sona Maletz
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Let's play soldiers
Respectable pieces of military technology have become nothing more than toys. Tanks and armored vehicles glamorously parade through town, and for a moment war seems like a fun pastime, a game for little children.

Let's play soldiers

Zdeněk Chaloupka
Czech Republic / 2016 / 2 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
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