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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

Latency Contemplation 3
The disappearance of flowing textures of fluid and rocky landscapes alternates with patterns set in a grid of homogenous horizontals in a simple lyricism of hypnotic image and sound compositions and views of unexpected rhythms in flowing montages. "My ongoing questioning of the oscillations between my internal visions and the outer world comes with its own intrinsic intuition and metamorphoses my perceptions." S. Cho  

Latency Contemplation 3

Seoungho Cho
United States, South Korea / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Obatala Film
An anthology of rituals, masks, skin paintings, and other decorations, captured from up close in Ile-Ife, the legendary holy city of the Yoruba, who live primarily in southwestern Nigeria but also in some parts of Latin America and who consider the god Obatala to be the creator of Earth and of human bodies.  "I understand my cinematic practice as an inquiry into modes of experience and as a gesture of channeling. One of them could be the state of devotion and possession by spiritual and cosmic forces. " S. Wiedemann  
personal program

Obatala Film

Sebastian Wiedemann
Nigeria, Brazil, Colombia / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
1/8
The film’s title refers to the sharpness of human vision when compared to that of a hawk. The deformations and blurriness of the image, dependent on the density of photoreceptors, hide concreteness. The allusion to the myth of Icarus addresses questions of distance and clarity, while the meticulous rhythm of the narrative develops the themes of point of view and falling from great heights.“This film focuses on the world that exists outside of stories. By destroying the main story of man, I wanted to discover all that has been erased from him or that is trapped outside of him.” R. Hayama

1/8

Rei Hayama
Japan / 2017 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Disintegration 93-96
The personal insecurities and pent-up emotions of a Filipino immigrant to the USA give way to political ruminations and critical commentaries on the colonization of the mind by the American Dream. A montage of family movies from the title’s years presents an anatomy of family ties and a reliving of one’s own identity. “With every project I think I learn filmmaking from scratch, all over again in a new way, and I say ‘fuck that’ to whatever process I did before.” M. Reverza

Disintegration 93-96

Miko Revereza
United States, Philippines / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
#57
A visualization of the workings of the high-frequency oscillators once used to test military sonars and medical ultrasound devices is juxtaposed with abstract illustrations of a Chinese mathematician’s differential equations, and their visualization through analogue computer processes shows the subtle exactness of changing textures.  "Technology is a deforming mirror that shows us what humans think and do. For that reason I make my work in a dialogue with machines that I develop myself, trying to learn from what they tell us." J. Rekveld

#57

Joost Rekveld
Netherlands / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
abiding
A visual miniature made of a single image strip, evokes the process of wandering through the landscape through both captured images and through images made by motion of their individual parts, resourcefully putting in use optic features of film imprint in order to let the scenes disappear in the structure of the material by blurring and slurring their outlines. “I build shutterless cameras to bypass sequential frame-by-frame recording and document reality using an uninterrupted flow of light. The world appears melted together in a single image shifting in time.” U. Petronin
personal program

abiding

Ugo Petronin
Netherlands / 2019 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Untitled, 1925
In high-contrast black-and-white images of nature and mountain villages, the filmmaker meditates on family origins and identity while traveling across the Andes along the same route taken in 1925 by her Jewish grandfather (a professional boxer originally from Romania) in order to acquire Peruvian citizenship, which 12 years later allowed him and his family to leave Europe. Peru native Madi Piller (1960) lives in Canada, where she works as an independent filmmaker, animator, and programmer and curator for the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS). Her abstract poetic films combine various cinematic styles and techniques and explore themes of memory, introspection, and the search for cultural identity.“Delving into memory and reflecting on territorial space, the film revisits a passage in life. By using 16mm high contrast film and by processing the silver essence of the film material resurfaced as a layer such as the hidden treasures of the Andes.”

Untitled, 1925

Madi Piller
Canada / 2016 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
THE WILDS
A philosophical portrait of situationalists Herbert Holl and Kza Han, who believe in revolution through art. They live on an island where they have written poems and translated the work of Alexander Kluge. Together they enter a landscape with gestures and artifacts as their considerations for symbols and individuality permeate though film sketches from their everyday life."We love Herbert and Kza’s way of thinking. So we tried to traslate that in little performance. Each day we came up with a strange idea. They were surprised, but always put confidence in us."
personal program

THE WILDS

Camille Tricaud, Felix Herrmann
Germany, France / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
rack-pinion (wired-glass No.4)
As the film comes undone from the projector, the perforated edges become visible and reveal the illuminated image as an imprint of light. Splotches of colour with vague meanings enter into the picture frame. “In the early 19th century, watches had a rack and pinion lever escapement. No longer used, I still find it endearing and try to create a similar beauty in my own way.” H. Kawaguchi

rack-pinion (wired-glass No.4)

Hajime Kawaguchi
Japan / 2017 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Latency, Contemplation 1
A digitally distorted seascape brings out the horizon, which together with the rolling waves creates a visually hypnotic abstract composition of horizontal surfaces, moving in time to minimalist piano music and electronically manipulated ocean sounds, in a seemingly continuous observation of the shore. “Each line with its own intrinsic ‘intuition’ metamorphoses my perception, exploring how all these personal, inner experiences, both illusionary and tactile, shift and transform into a visual poem.”

Latency, Contemplation 1

Seoungho Cho
United States, South Korea / 2016 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Engram of Returning
Fragmentary images reflect the ability of the neural network to preserve an imprint of what we see (even if as a mere flash) and provide a strong visual experience from specific found motifs that dissolve into their constituent parts, while encouraging moments of intense introspection and leaving room for our imagination, all of it presented as a provocative dialogue with immediate memory. Daïchi Saïto hails from Japan but studied literature, Hindi, and Sanskrit in the USA. He first started working with film in Montreal, where he co-founded the Double Negative art group. He is an author of many short films and video installations. Jihlava IDFF screened his rees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (2009).“My films d on’t talk about so cial or political issues, but instead it is important for me to think about the mode of filmmaking as having so cial and political implications.”

Engram of Returning

Daïchi Saïto
Canada / 2015 / 18 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Wax and Feathers
A sensitive, impressive collage of intimate reflections, detailed observations, fragments of memories, and visual and musical allusions conducts an imaginary dialogue about how memory works and identity construction with a father who died a year earlier."What is a film if not collective dreaming made by conscious minds. Symbolism and myths are present in both dreams and films and rely on our memory and imagination for relating to the produced imagery." M. Lizides   

Wax and Feathers

Marios Lizides
United Kingdom, Cyprus / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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