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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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original title: Hmotná skutečnost
country: Czech Republic
year: 2020
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

A love story of two ill-fated statues filmed from their own subjective perspectives. This film explores a common problem amongst sculpture students, whose works often have nowhere to go and are left to be destroyed as a result. The refined audio track is complemented by minimalist dialogue. When art becomes a burden made in vain, this mere solid matter becomes disowned by its creator and cast loose.

other films in the section

Error
A story of a student who gets lost in a digital world due to procrastination. Film was made as a assignment to use actor in animation film. Stop motion with hand-drawn animation effectively tell the story.
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Error

Lucie Vostárková
Czech Republic / 2020 / 3 min.
section: FAMU Presents
My Voina
With an international arrest warrant out on him, Russian artist Oleg Vorotnikov of the radical art group Vojna (Military Service), infamous for his politically engaged protest performances, is an alluring enigma for the young documentary filmmaking student. She attempts to learn more about him and his family through a series of (attempts at) meetings in Berlin and Prague.

My Voina

Zora Čápová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 28 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Medium grey
Professor Jiří Myslík offers an engaging lecture on the physical criteria for capturing images on black and white media. His interpretation of the exposure of human skin is accompanied by playful illustrations that place the firm firmly in the celebrated tradition of Czechoslovak educational films.

Medium grey

Greta Stocklassa
Czech Republic / 2015 / 9 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Everything will End up in a Pine Box
A mini-portrait, treading lightly on the fringe of a gently parodic self-portrait, of the collector/gynaecologist/animal breeder/honorary consul/Dutch/Czech gentleman Oldřich Uttendorfský. Through the panopticon of an ordinary day, we are introduced to a man in whom languages, times, and cultures blend in a way that is difficult to analyse and interpret.‬

Everything will End up in a Pine Box

Alžběta Kovandová
Czech Republic / 2015 / 17 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
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.

FAMU: First-year

150 min.
section: FAMU Presents
inscenatiOn.1948
A film about staging a theater performance 70 years after the events of 1948, as well as the real theater production that the whole communist coup was. Puppets seemingly without puppeteers, puppets moving about of their own free will - this is how communist comrades were and this is exactly how they’re presented in this film.  

inscenatiOn.1948

David Daenemark
Czech Republic / 2018 / 12 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Varga
A film portrait of a legend of the Czechoslovak music scene takes a look at rock keyboardist Marián Varga (1947–2017) near the end of his life when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. She filmed this hugely introverted chain smoker during his last performances as he slowly began to lose his breath.

Varga

Sona Maletz
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Love Dialogues Part. 3
A miniature about the heterosexual relationship of domestic cats in three acts: the gentle foreplay in the form of mutual licking is replaced by passionate coupling, followed yet again by sweet displays of affection. Black and white film was used during the shoot, as well as a muted soundtrack and close-up details of the eyes of its protagonists.

Love Dialogues Part. 3

Pavla Sobotová
Czech Republic / 2014 / 3 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Umm al-Hiran
Under the surface of the modern state of Israel there lie stories that are largely hidden from European visitors. One of these is the fate of Palestinian Bedouins in underdeveloped areas living in unrecognized villages. A meditatively experimental film by an Israeli-Czech team captures the atmopshere of these places and the tragic fates of some of their inhabitants.

Umm al-Hiran

Uri Schachter, Kateřina Traburová, Hana Nováková
Israel, Czech Republic / 2017 / 11 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
In Love With (My Own) State
Milan Knížák is an important but controversial figure in the world of art and public affairs. But what are his values and beliefs? Engaging in an emotional assessment of Knížák, the filmmaker presents him as an example of more general trends in the artist’s changing relationship to the state.

In Love With (My Own) State

Tereza Bernátková
Czech Republic / 2014 / 25 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
The Modern-day Robin Hood
This film, shot on 16mm colour film, explores the life of a person who steals things according to written lists. He takes only specific things that people need – primarily senior citizens, single mothers, and other socially marginalized people. When is a crime a crime? Where does this modern 21st-century Robin Hood live, and what do his activities bring him?

The Modern-day Robin Hood

Eliška Cílková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 14 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
Al-Araqeeb
A documentary observing the fortunes of the Al-Araqarqeeb , a village that has been already destroyed 111 times. The Bedouin settlement was needed for military training, so the army ordered its evacuation in 1951. The inhabitants were not permitted to come back even after the date that was set for them to return. The village is being repeatedly demolished by the state of Israel since 2010.  The struggle between the state and its citizens continues.

Al-Araqeeb

Jakub Charvát
Czech Republic, Israel / 2017 / 20 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
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