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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea

director: Gianfranco Rosi
original title: Fuocoammare
country: Italy, France
year: 2015
running time: 108 min.

synopsis

Twelve-year-old Samuel lives on Lampedusa, which has become the destination of thousands of Africans trying to reach Europe. Although the island’s inhabitants are exposed to the raw reality of the humanitarian crisis on a daily basis, the two worlds only rarely come into contact. The film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlinale.

biography

Gianfranco Rosi (1964) was born in Eritrea and has shot films all over the world. His film Sacro GRA (2003) was the first documentary to win a Golden Lion in Venice. The interview El Sicario, Room 164 (2010) won awards at Venice, DocLisboa, and Doc Aviv.

more about film

director: Gianfranco Rosi
producer: Gianfranco Rosi
script: Gianfranco Rosi
photography: Gianfranco Rosi
editing: Jacopo Quadri
sound: Gianfranco Rosi

other films in the section

No Home Movie
Chantal Akerman dedicated this film to her mother, who after her liberation from Auschwitz shut herself up in her home. Akerman accentuates her hyperrealist style through the use of digital technology (cheap DV camera, smartphone), thus capturing not only the closeness of home but also the distance between her mother’s life and modern nomadic existence.

No Home Movie

Chantal Akerman
Belgium / 2015 / 112 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
Long Live the Antipodes!
It is hard to imagine a life more different than the one in the Brazilian Entre Rios and Chinese Shanghai. However, they do have something in common: they are both boarder towns connected through the middle of the earth. This geographical polarisation best represents cultural differences and lifestyle. Director Viktor Kossakovsky compared other countries through this reverse perspective having these images profile as antipodes to the audience.

Long Live the Antipodes!

Viktor Kossakovsky
Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Chile / 2011 / 104 min.
section: Masterclass
Hotline
An intense portrait of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, a small Israeli human rights organization focused on an incomparably larger and more difficult task: helping illegal African refugees. The director focuses less on the immigrants and more on the organization’s staff, their personal values and their daily struggles with bureaucracy, all of which she records herself with a handheld camera.“I followed the workers of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants in their routine: the young women informing asylum seekers about their rights, the lawyers fighting to liberate asylum seekers from prison, the public policy coordinator working at the Parliament's Internal Affairs Committee etc.” S. Landsmann

Hotline

Silvina Landsmann
Israel, France / 2015 / 100 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
It was supposed to be just another run-of-the-mill evening for Mr. Lazarescu, but his sudden nausea would soon lead to the beginning of a tragicomic odyssey. This road movie, characterized by its immediate realistic form, takes a bitter look at a socially unwelcoming health care system that both steps and falls on people burdened by all the bureaucracy. The director managed to blur the lines between the real world and the fictional world with his distinctive approach, while the documentary’s handheld camera enhances this feeling and completes the already functional concept of working with an actor. The film remarkably captured the state of society at the time, which was strikingly similar to the novels of Franz Kafka.
personal program

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Cristi Puiu
Romania / 2005 / 148 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass Bill Morrison: Consider the Source
American experimental filmmaker and documentarian Bill Morrison uses a variety of damaged celluloid strips in his films; most often, however, those damaged by the ravages of time. Using excerpts from his own films, he describes how archival material can be transformed into very different films, whether image-based, documentary, or narrative. He also shows how the meaning of the original source material can be modified by placing the fragments into a new context.

Masterclass Bill Morrison: Consider the Source

Bill Morrison
Czech Republic / 2016 / 60 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Cristi Puiu
Cristi Puiu is considered to be a pioneer of the "Romanian New Wave" movement. In 2005, he won the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes for his film, The Death of Mister Lazarescu (2005). The film Aurora (2010) was also screened in Cannes and won the East of the West Award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The drama Sieranevada (2016) was nominated for a Palme d'Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Puiu often uses documentary film techniques in his feature-length films. His masterclass answers the questions of whether he uses them to achieve "truth" and greater authenticity, whether a documentary is more truthful than a feature film, whether there is any truth to film at all, or whether Godard's saying, "every cut is a lie," remains a valid notion.
personal program

Masterclass: Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu
Romania / 90 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Alber Serra
Spanish solitaire and a juror of the Between the Seas section, Albert Serra, winning the Golden Leopard Award at last year’s Locarno Film Festival, gained renown for his triptych of unprecedented adaptations – Honor de cavalleria, Birdsong and The Story of My Death, in which classical literary figures Don Quixote, Casanova or Dracula act as abstract, but all the more fascinating principles. Serra’s innovative methodologies and an unorthodox approach to cinematography earned him the nickname “radical classic”. This eccentric artist hardly follows any scripts, his films are based on improvisation and are free of narrative conventions. Aside from his film work, he also produces video-art. His Master Class will provide an insight into the principles of his work.

Masterclass: Alber Serra

Albert Serra
Czech Republic / 2014 / 107 min.
section: Masterclass
Karpo Godina: A Different Approach to Making Documentary Films
A leading representative of Yugoslavia’s Black Wave, Slovenian cinematographer and director Karpo Godina (1943) began making amateur films in the second half of the 1960s. Their poetic style caught the attention of Želimir Žilnik, and after Žilnik’s Early Works (1969) won a Golden Bear, many other directors began to work with Godina as well, including Lordan Zafranović and Bato Čengić. In his lecture, Godina will focus on his own early works, which are characterised by a fundamental exploration of stylistic tools, meticulous work with space and, in the best tradition of the Yugoslav New Wave, a never-ceasing attempt at capturing the pulse of the era.

Karpo Godina: A Different Approach to Making Documentary Films

120 min.
section: Masterclass
Sean McAllister: Coming Back Home
Sean McAllister (1965) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker celebrated as one of the UK’s most exciting talents. Sean will be describing his unique approach to documentary direction and camerawork. We will learn about what it is like to shoot a film in his home country and home town after spending many years on topics and protagonists in other parts of the world and he will tell us about his new film.

Sean McAllister: Coming Back Home

Sean McAllister
United Kingdom / 120 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Lordan Zafranović
Croatian director Lordan Zafranović, a representative of the Yugoslavian Black Wave, graduated from FAMU, where he studied under Elmar Klos. He was living in Prague when he made his documentary The Decline of the Century: Testament L. Z. (1994). His latest work is the documentary cycle Tito – Last Witnesses of the Testament (2012). In 2013, he was a jury member for the Between the Seas section. Zafranović believes that the soul of film exists in each filmmaker’s inimitably original form. This form, made up of time, space and the various key film materials, establishes the basis that brings all of the film elements into harmony. He compares filmmaking with music. In his masterclass, Zafranović will focus on how film works are composed and the origination and acceptance of new film forms.

Masterclass: Lordan Zafranović

Lordan Zafranović
Czech Republic / 2015 / 60 min.
section: Masterclass
Radu Jude: Archive Mysteries
Romanian director Radu Jude (1977) is one of the most notable filmmakers of our time. During his master class, the winner of the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlinale will introduce you to his remarkable work in archives, where he carried out thorough investigations that have become the basis for his film works. Today, this approach is nothing unusual, but Jude has perfected it masterfully. His brilliant work with archives can be seen twice at this year’s festival: in the movie The Dead Nation and the short film The Marshal's Two Executions.

Radu Jude: Archive Mysteries

Radu Jude
60 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio
Godfrey Reggio’s task will be to provoke those present to consider the most misunderstood and consequential subject of the last 5,000 years: the Technological Environment. Technology is not something we use; it is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. Though seeing, we are blind to its presence, hidden in plain sight. For those willing to “take a walk on the wild side,” we will explore how we see the world through language, how our languages no longer describe the world in which we live, and how through the lens of outsider cinema we may approach this untellable subject. The focus is speechless narrative, not a story to be told, but rather a story to behold. In a syntax of the eye, the form is cinematic poetry. Godfrey Reggio invites you to join him on this journey to the vivid unknown.

Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio

Godfrey Reggio
Czech Republic / 2014 / 105 min.
section: Masterclass
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