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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Gustav Deutsch: Home Movie Now

Gustav Deutsch: Home Movie Now

director: Gustav Deutsch
original title: Gustav Deutsch: Domácí video dnes
running time: 120 min.

synopsis

Gustav Deutsch (1952) is one of Austria’s leading film directors. He’s not only a filmmaker, but he’s also an architect and photographer. On the occasion of the release of his latest film how we live - messages to the family, he leads the audience through an examination of the term "home movie", subjecting it to thorough scrutiny. In this master class he presents analyses of his own as well as found footage on film material, guiding viewers through the entire development of the “home movie” from film to digital technology. Don’t expect dry theory - his lecture is built on visual and sensual gratification. 

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director: Gustav Deutsch

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Masterclass Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák: Caught in the Net
Vít Klusák and Barbora Chalupová shot an unprecedented documentary never before seen in a Czech context. The creators focused on child abuse on the internet and sexual predators seeking their prey deep within the bowels of social networks. The aim of the psycho-social experiment was to hunt down and catch these predators and find out their motives. In the masterclass, the filmmakers will guide us through the material that didn't make it into the final cut of the film, but that still remains an important topic for discussion. We will talk about the cut, dramaturgy, and grasping the substance of the film so that the resulting documentary is coherent in all respects and meets high ethical demands. 
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Masterclass Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák: Caught in the Net

Czech Republic / 100 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
Fire at Sea
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.

Fire at Sea

Gianfranco Rosi
Italy, France / 2015 / 108 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass Claire Atherton: Editing. A Composition
We can see reflected in the work of French editor Claire Atherton, who worked closely with Chantal Akerman, the belief that, in addition to image and sound, time is a narrative element and an essential aspect of film media. According to her, editing gives a film its shape - making it visible, embodying it - through an intuitive thought process. In this masterclass, she shares her rich experiences with viewers, presents her own concept of editing, and answers the basic questions: What role does editing play in the creation of films? How does editing unite the material and the director’s vision?

Masterclass Claire Atherton: Editing. A Composition

Claire Atherton
Czech Republic / 2016 / 140 min.
section: Masterclass
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
Masterclass Jóhann Jóhannsson: Music in Documentary Film
Islandic composer, experimenter, and creator of the Ji.hlava festival spot for 2017, Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969) writes electro-acoustic, minimalism-influenced film music, for which he has earned numerous awards for its originality and sensitivity to the inner rhythm of the film. He works with Hollywood directing stars as well as with independent filmmakers. He created the fantastic brass accompaniment for the film The Miners’ Hymn, which was screened at the Ji.hlava IDFF in 2016. During his lecture, he will discuss ways of creating film music and his own personal methods.

Masterclass Jóhann Jóhannsson: Music in Documentary Film

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Czech Republic / 2017 / 90 min.
section: Masterclass
The Road Movie
Videos from Russian roads have become an internet phenomenon. Dash cams record their surroundings without any embellishment. Out of fifty such videos, Dima Kalashnikov has made something much more than just another YouTube compilation. Thanks to music and sophisticated editing, he successfully created a multi-layered portrait of contemporary Russia. “There is as much humor as tragedy witnessed here. The film really depicts the essence of Russian life and the Russian attitude to life. It is a very Russian film.” D. Kalashnikov

The Road Movie

Dmitrii Kalashnikov
Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia / 2016 / 67 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
Mike Bonanno: History of Jokes
As The Yes Men, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno's (1960) brand of activism has kept them in the headlines in USA for nearly two decades. They have made several feature films. They also created the Action Switchboard website, which was recently launched as a platform for participatory direct action. By injecting humour into drop-dead serious subjects, they provoke laughter and debate from audiences. 

Mike Bonanno: History of Jokes

Mike Bonanno
90 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
Symphony of the Heaven City
A story of contrasts between past and present, life and death, in Shanghai, the biggest city of the People’s Republic of China. The film depicts national commemorations as a way of sanitizing and forgetting the past, the importance of spectacle in the creation of a national consciousness. In criticizing histories and wars built on nationalism and in depicting the growth of capitalism, the symbolic fireworks ironically celebrate the present as a memory of the Second World War, introducing an avant-garde way of experimental historical documentation. Detail: The only human sound  is a baby's cry, a Weltschmerz, in the ruins of the old Shanghai South Railway Station on “Bloody Sunday” after the Japanese bombing in August 1937.

Symphony of the Heaven City

Lordan Zafranović
Serbia, Montenegro / 2003 / 57 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Martin Kollár
Slovak filmmaker Martin Kollár graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and focuses primarily on photography and cinematography. He has worked on, among others, the documentaries 66 Seasons, Velvet Terrorists, and the festival success Goat. He has exhibited his work in Paris, China, Thessaloniki, and other cities. At this director’s masterclass, he presents his feature-length directorial debut 5 October (2016), the protagonist of which is his own brother. Prior to undergoing a difficult, dangerous operation, they set off together on a several months’ long cycling tour.

Masterclass: Martin Kollár

Martin Kollár
Czech Republic / 2016 / 45 min.
section: Masterclass
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