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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Vladimír Turner
original title: Guestlist
country: Czech Republic
year: 2020
running time: 19 min.

synopsis

The guestlist - a symbol of the inviolability of the cream of society. The director alternates surreptitious recordings of the lives of the wealthiest, including meetings on yachts with whirlpools and sipping champagne at luxury parties, with a recording of his own artistic performance, in which a handful of individuals rule the world.

 

“White. Male. Rich. Have a yacht, luxury custom shoes, and gold cufflinks. Even richer. Have a heliport in the garden of your platinum palace. Don’t fit into these categories? Don't have a gold yacht or cufflinks? Don't have your own pig to look for truffles? You’re part of the 99 percent.” V. Turner

 

Watch Short Joy films for free on DAFilms now and decide who will win the Audience Award. Voting ends on 29 October.

biography

The work of Vladimír Turner (1986) includes elements of documentary film, civil activism, and performance art in public space. He studied intermedia art at the Academy of Arts in Prague and audiovisual studies at FAMU.
 

more about film

director: Vladimír Turner
producer: Vladimír Turner
photography: Petr Racek
editing: Kateřina Krutská Vrbová
music: Martina Vídenová

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Transit

Mandy Krebs
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section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Petting Zoo
The director revises a TV report which a local TV station shot with him and his family on the Rosh hashanah holiday in 1974. In the footage which seemed as an expression of interest in the Jewish culture at the time it was created, the author discovers antisemitic and racist tendencies. The title refers to a zoo where domesticated and tame animals can be fed and petted by the visitors.

Petting Zoo

Daniel Robin
United States / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Yellow Brick Road
In the Western Sahara desert, large cars disintegrate into the sand, surrounded by a refugee camp. Against a yellow backdrop of sand, two small boys play in one of the wrecks. A static shot like a moving photograph of time, which flows slowly in the refugee camp.DETAIL:Hamdi and Ali are playing in a rusty car wreck. They take turns in singing songs that sound almost as if they were sang by grown men and not by two kids from a refugee camp.

Yellow Brick Road

Eloy D. Serén
Sweden / 2015 / 14 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Solastalgia
Nostalgia refers to the feeling one has of a place they left behind. Solastalgia, on the other hand, refers to the homesickness one has when they are still at home. Ecological philosopher Glenn Albrecht calls it the impact of environmental change on the mental health of the people who live through it. With an impressive visual aspect comprised exclusively of drone landscape shots, Kersten’s film explores this relationship in the stories of people affected by the quarry near Maastrich.     Watch Short Joy films for free on DAFilms now and decide who will win the Audience Award. Voting ends on 29 October.
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Solastalgia

Eline Kersten
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World Premiere
Exit Point
An intimate look at the world of a man who lives his passion through the sense of freedom that he experiences when jumping off mountaintops or the highest buildings in the world – and when running away from prying eyes or seeking an escape route between the buildings. However, succumbing to the taste of adrenaline comes with many risks, some of them fatal.Moments of inexorable falling. "Fucking" joy that the parachute opened. Flying past waterfalls, approaching a lake, hitting the hard asphalt during nighttime jumps. Images filled with vertigo.

Exit Point

Jagoda Szelc
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Komorebitatchi
This delicate film, shot in a region with a strong Shinto tradition, tries to capture the Shinto emphasis on man’s harmony with nature. Without explaining, the film depicts rituals associated with the felling and planting of trees, which are seen as living beings. The film gives equal time to human actions, restrained discourse, trees, the wind and the sunlight, which almost mystically always enters the ritual at exactly the right time.DETAIL:Slowly and gently, he places his right cheek and ear against the stately felled trunk. He closes his eyes and listens. To European eyes, someone with the face of a boy at a dance club has just begun a reverent ceremony that will comfort the body and soul of another being.

Komorebitatchi

Masanori Omori, Sophie Perrier
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The art of flying

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For a Better Life

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Central Station Sofia

Alberto Iordanov
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Pampa del Istmo
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Pampa del Istmo

Camila Ausente
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Arguments (Czech version)
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Arguments (Czech version)

Andran Abramjan
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