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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Alejandro Alonso Estrella
original title: Home
country: Cuba
year: 2019
running time: 12 min.

synopsis

A Cuban home as a non-place reflected in artefacts accessed through recollections, materials and textures. A delicate film poem is a collection of aberrations of the utmost intimate memory with scenes and activities referring to building, deconstruction, places and events that create associative reflections on the meaning of the term “home”. 

“Starting from the portrait as a support and exploring its expressive possibilities, I enter into the reconstruction of beings and spaces that I have never known or visited.“ A. Alonso Estrella

biography

Alejandro Alonso Estrella studied documentary filmmaking at Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in Havana. His films are screened and awarded at film festivals. His meditative films deal with socially engaged topics.

more about film

director: Alejandro Alonso Estrella
producer: Yenisel Osuna Morales, Alejandro Alonso Estrella
script: Lisandra López Fabé
sound: Glenda Martínez Cabrera

other films in the section

Soar
A digital miniature in which the form into which the image is deconstructed emphasizes the things we leave in our wake – trajectories of movement, actions, decisions, gestures. This guide of the traces we leave behind dissolves into a depiction of the things that remain; the simple visual approach raises the imperative of understanding the consequences of the movements of mind, body, and things. "Choreography of an imaginary journey 
Color / 7 minutes 40" P. Bokanowski

Soar

Patrick Bokanowski
France / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Stoned
The algorithmic break-down of images of a stone colonnade creating hallucinatory patterns contrasts with the peaceful dusk among the old hallways and colonnades of Cambodia’s Buddhist temple of Angkor Wat, through which barefoot monks slowly walk, copying their daily rituals.The geometric fragmentation into a flicker composition consisting of mathematically precise cuts and rhythms works well in relation to the architecture and represents a provocative violation of the natural harmony of the place and building.

Stoned

Seoungho Cho
United States / 2013 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
below
A surface rhythmised by reappearing image segments of a forest, gets projects during a walk, brought about also by the sound, into a space in which black-and-white and colour footage reveals monochromatic parts. These build up to create an effect of the third dimension, pulling our view into the depth and turning the ingenious schedule of the whole into a cognitive game using 3D representation."Below is not so much about borne suffering or the history of a memorial place. It tells more about the relation of depth-time and space-duration being interwoven in every moment of an image. " B. Spiegel
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below

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Buffalo Death Mask
The filmmaker’s personal conversation with Canadian author Stephen Andrews about living with HIV is an intimate look at extreme situations and difficult-to-describe states of body and mind. The openness of the conversation reveals the maturity of meditations on sharing, isolation, the relationship to physical changes, and the subtle boundary between life and death. Footage from various sources and periods in the filmmaker’s life is complemented with hand-written titles that emphasize the film’s diary-like nature with a sense for detail, with the sensitive inclusion of self-reflection when describing relationships or counting pills.

Buffalo Death Mask

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2013 / 23 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates
The color of skin and of film become the center of discourse: The filmmaker’s mixed-race background is reflected in imprints of the landscape and ruptures within it, but also in the color of the faded Kodachrome film, whose typical visual characteristics have dissolved in time. Hues are barely visible and only with difficulty capture the image of a body that does not fall into any clear categories.  "Where does film fail or resist us? Working on celluloid I make images which affirm mixed race culture and the cultural in between." R. Storr  

The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates

Rhea Storr
United Kingdom / 2018 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Mold
The image of a city broken down into a series of planes of view rolls towards us, its echoes enabling us to fill in the imaginary whole. This urban symphony of minimalism builds up a panoramic view into the distance while calling into question reality by visualizing the overcrowding of the urban environment.  "Life is surprisingly simple. Because all human beings are in a moment of repetition of the irreversible destiny of nature. Everything is only a trace and disappears." M. Yi

Mold

Myun Yi
South Korea / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Where Shapes Come From
A description of non-randomness in the processes by which atoms join to form matter, accompanied by images from a museum laboratory. Subtle alterations to the real image are Formulas with scenes of a mineralogist’s work. Chemical equations and virtual bodies and shapes give form to the invisible processes involved in the creation of substances. “We spent an intensive three months as artists in residence in the Mineral Sciences Laboratory at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; this is the work that came out. The green workshop has since been redecorated and is no longer home to all these amazing curiosities.” R. Jarman, J. Gerhardt

Where Shapes Come From

SEMICONDUCTOR
United Kingdom, United States / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
3 Dreams of Horses
Raw film material consists in part of gelatin, which is made of the skin and bones of animals, including horses. The traces of light that shape our audiovisual dreams are thus imprinted on parts of animal bodies. Through the subtle use of audio, this found-footage collage focuses on images of the horse as an attraction, an animal of burden, and a mythological creature.  "In 1900 there were 130,000 working horses in Manhattan. Horses were a central part of our lives. Jeremy Bentham: "The question is not: can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?" M. Hoolboom  

3 Dreams of Horses

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2018 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
When You Awake
A scary yet funny tale about the journey to collective unconsciousness via experiments with hypnosis through a collage of found footage from instructional, documentary, and fictional films, layered with themes of personal experiences and frustrations, reflections on social stereotypes and desires, and images of wild or strange animate and inanimate nature. Jay Rosenblatt (1955), American independent filmmaker and trained psychotherapist, is the creator of over thirty films in which he examines the nature and limits of the human psyche and emotions. He has received over a hundred various awards for his work. In addition to teaching, he also organizes the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. His films I Just Wanted To Be Somebody (2006), Four Questions for a Rabbi (2008), and I Used to Be a Filmmaker (2003) have been screened at the Jihlava IDFF.“When You Awake was a pleasure to create, and hopefully that will come across to the audience. It was a nice departure for me since it is more playful than many of my films.”

When You Awake

Jay Rosenblatt
United States / 2016 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...
Wandering on the edge of darkness, the camera records grainy objects and pulls hesitant signs of the searched-for refuge from the darkness. By carefully working with light, the filmmaker sketches a unique place bathed in silence and uncertainty, on the back of specific depictions of buildings and landscapes. “The theme explored in my work is that of ‘journeys’ – both physical and metaphysical; alluding to isolation of the individual and isolation of place.” SJ. Ramir

In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...

SJ. Ramir
Australia, New Zealand / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Double 8
Christiana Perschon shot her meeting with the artist Linda Christanell, a representative of Austria’s feminist avant-garde of the 1970s, on double 8mm fi lm without cutting. When shown, the fi lm’s split image shows footage of the two women fi lming one another to create a dialogue on seeing and being seen. “Every interaction with an image searches for its own form.  Approaching someone with my camera is not a one-way encounter but an act of getting to know each other: I see you seeing me instead of looking at you.” C. Perschon

Double 8

Christiana Perschon
Austria / 2016 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Tangled
Stitched-together photographs become a drama in which memories are tangled, pierced by holes, and deformed in order to hide the seams of a story of falling in love, being in love, and the end of love, and to inspire further stories in which a family picture reflects norms of behaviour and stereotypes associated with the experience of love. “Relationships with loved ones are always complicated tangled threads. Fragile and solid, addictive and lonely, forming beautiful patterns and painful collisions. The film is an attempt to transmit that vortex into an apprehensible form.” P.-R. Jaik

Tangled

Pille-Riin Jaik
Austria / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
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