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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Dushanbe
Dushanbe
Dushanbe
Dushanbe

Dushanbe

director: Kandis Friesen
original title: Dushanbe
country: Canada, United States
year: 2018
running time: 5 min.

synopsis

Through the use of animation, the backlit photographs blend with the director’s aunt’s memories of the mountains, the local views, and the inside of the home from which she was forced into exile. The fragments of memory offer insight into life in the diaspora through architectural projects by which the aunt has recreated her native Tajikistan in her new home in Darmstadt.  

"Film is grounded in found footage through the photographic, constructing an assemblage from fragments of exile. I focused on colour, texture, and materiality in both image and sound, resuturing diasporic time and space through the slowed-down gesture of animation." K. Friesen

 

biography

In her work, interdisciplinary artist Kandis Friesen (1978) combines various artistic forms – video, drawing, audio, animation, and graphics. Her projects are a mixture of video installation and documentary collage. In terms of subject matter, she is interested in the interaction between public memory, cultural identity, and personal stories from marginalized communities. Her film Katyusha: Rocket Launchers, Folks Songs, and Ethnographic Refrains was shown at the 2016 Ji.hlava IDFF. 

 

more about film

director: Kandis Friesen
producer: Kandis Friesen
photography: Kandis Friesen
editing: Kandis Friesen
sound: Kandis Friesen

other films in the section

Action, Almost Unable to Think
A visually ingenious portrayal of a life story and inner world of a soldier killed in an explosion is told through hypnotically visualized allegoric scenes and objects during an imaginary encounter of views by a scientist searching for a relation to reality, a filmmaker reflecting on a role of time in art and a refugee stripped of the possibility to live in his hometown. “The film was originated from the real story that a solder was killed by bomb while greeting to a civilian. It tries to recapture that moment of contradictories and fragilities.” H. Mao     
personal program

Action, Almost Unable to Think

Haonan Mao
China / 2018 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Exterior Extended
Thirty-six frames of 35mm film in dizzyingly rapid compositions create a study of the viewer’s spatial perception. Photographs taken in the ruins of a rural house always take the viewpoint from the inside out. A layering of compositions and negative and positives, sometime alternating, sometimes mixed together in order to create an illusion of changing depth and distance from the outside that we are forbidden from entering. The combination of the rectangles of the walls and windows in the tapering perspective creates horizons within horizons, thus building a completely new house on screen.

Exterior Extended

Siegfried Alexander Fruhauf
Austria / 2013 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Inside
Fragments of a body chiseled from darkness carve out a study of a nude female figure, sensual at specific moments, and in places disappearing into digital darkness. A lyrical treatise on intimacy and secrecy and an implicit polemic with a voyeuristic gaze create a longing for constrained completeness. "I dissect the perception and the mental state that arise while being watched, penetrated and examined and the experience of the viewer, involuntary being forced to follow the gaze of the camera." T. Kjellmark  

Inside

Tove Kjellmark
Sweden / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Wanderlust Iteration #1
64 trees in a valley are presented in 3D, becoming both the object and space for every eye – exteriorized on the basis of various principles. The filmmaker continues to explore various possible approaches to spatial representation of creates ingeniously thrilling wanderings among images. "Stereo3D films shall be done of such a kind that they make no - or another - sense than if they where only in mono2D. What we know from flat filmmaking is no help." B. Speidel  

Wanderlust Iteration #1

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Home
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
personal program

Home

Alejandro Alonso Estrella
Cuba / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Domus
This portrait of architect Carlo Mollino looks at the vision of organizing space, buildings or sculptures. Contours and surfaces, as well as the absence present in crossed-out notes, crumpled sketches and the shapes and textures of material and scratched patters of houses, construct a rhythmic collage of expressions to the landscape. “By way of story, C. Mollino pledged himself to his craft and foreshadowed a brilliant lifetime of architecture. In telling this story, Domus configures its author’s own intentions, transposed from architecture and housed within cinema.” R. Vermette

Domus

Rhayne Vermette
Canada / 2017 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Fields in Mist
Patiently persistent mist conceals trees in the Eden River valley in northwestern England in a restless image draws the viewer’s attention to the visible image field, while its frame emphasizes the border of the unseen in the phenomenological stillness of the implied landscape. John Woodman (1948) focuses on experimental film and video art, about which he has even written a number of books (Structure of Chance, In Search of the Sacred, Sequences). One of the primary themes of his work is landscape and how it is differently perceived in relation to time, season, and light. His work has been presented at many international festivals.“Fields in Mist, filmed through heavy fo g, is an investigation of light, duration, revelation, visual appearance and disappearance. The scene is gradually revealed and then obscured by mist presenting a reflexive and contemplative viewing experience.”

Fields in Mist

John Woodman
United Kingdom / 2015 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
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
Hypnodrome
The simple combination of movements by the camera and the observer creates a hypnotic ride in which, despite a voiceover emphasizing calm and relaxation, rotating objects and lights create an unsettling physical experience and dig the viewer´s imagination deep into grogginess of unsettled look. “Hypnodrome is motion-induced delirium. A cinematographic look through the ‘egocentric camera’ and an homage to cinema as a site of contemplation and trance.” R. Wilhelmer

Hypnodrome

Richard Wilhelmer
Austria / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
East European 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
Disintegration 93-96
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Disintegration 93-96

Miko Revereza
United States, Philippines / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Spectator
The filmmaker’s father walks wordlessly around his home. He sits in a chair, reading the newspaper. The image, veiled in dust that reflects the afternoon sun, shows only parts of the reader before eventually revealing the entire person, while the director is a silent observer of events. “Suzuki: In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” M. Hoolboom

Spectator

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
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