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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Skull Man

director: Robin Kvapil
original title: Film o Ondreji Jajcajovi, vykradači hrobů
country: Czech Republic
year: 2012
running time: 40 min.

synopsis

Ondrej Jajcaj sbírá lidské zuby od čtrnácti let. Ve své sbírce má i zuby skladatelů Strausse, či Brahmse - jeho soukromá sbírka zubních protetik je údajně největší na světě. Nejčastěji se ovšem vydává do hrobů v okolí Sudet. Říká, že lidé by neměli sbírat obrazy slavných malířů, ale jejich hlavy, aby pak mohli své milé říct - "pozri, to sú obrazi z této hlavy". A přesto je to krásný člověk. Jako každý z vás...

biography

"The portrayed subject is the grave-robber Ondrej Jajcaj – the owner of the largest collection of dentures, which includes the teeth of the composers Straus and Brahms. Judge not, lest ye be judged!" (Robin Kvapil)

more about film

director: Robin Kvapil
producer: Martina Štruncová, Studio Famu

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A Night Out

Lumír Košař
Czech Republic / 2018 / 14 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
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"Igor´s Great Emotion is a game for one of the most talented post-1989 directors. Contemporary self-reflection of daredevil deeds mixes with reconstructed fragments of laboriously etherized memory. But by calling oneself a “spiritual seeker”, one cannot bury the sleeping demons forever – and so during clinical death, only instant spiritual séances can bring the director back. An attempt at laying off the sedatives and resurrecting a director who ostentatiously killed himself by publishing Diary, or: Death of the Director in order to make the world his empire through the inclusion of the occult." (Jan Strejcovský)

Igor's Great Emotion

Jan Strejcovský
Czech Republic / 2012 / 25 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Kov o kov
Mum is. Mum lives. There’s a scar on her chest, but don’t pay any notice. There’s a heart inside that is beating. Metal against metal. A mechanical aortic valve to replace the one that was all used up. The heart beats on. The film poem gets beneath the surface, opening up the skin through projection. It shows a process that gives new life.

Kov o kov

Greta Stocklassa
Czech Republic / 2017 / 4 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
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"For 40% of sick people, doctors are unable to determine what is wrong with them. In order to be able to treat such patients, they give them false diagnoses. My mother has had a headache for more than a year. She goes from one doctor to another and listens to their diagnoses. Each has his own way of seeing. None of them can help her. Who will this film help? Whose pain is it? Why does my mother have a headache and why am I making this film about her?" (Marika Pecháčková)

Mater noster

Marika Pecháčková
Czech Republic / 2012 / 49 min.
section: FAMU Presents
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The Bark Beetle of Šumava
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The Bark Beetle of Šumava

Dimitri Martin Genaudeau
Czech Republic, France / 2018 / 10 min.
section: FAMU Presents
Home 4
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Home 4

Jan Kačena
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section: FAMU Presents
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Lenka
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Lenka

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Czech Republic / 2016 / 17 min.
section: FAMU Presents
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Blow-off!
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Blow-off!

Kateřina Dudová
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section: FAMU Presents
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What Is Behind the Canvas?
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What Is Behind the Canvas?

Haukur Hallsson
Czech Republic / 2016 / 12 min.
section: FAMU Presents
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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
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Andran Abramjan
Czech Republic / 2012 / 29 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Fifty Years Later
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Fifty Years Later

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