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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Girls and Honey
Girls and Honey
Girls and Honey
Girls and Honey

Girls and Honey

director: Pieter Jan De Pue
original title: Girls and Honey
country: Belgium, Ukraine
year: 2017
running time: 8 min.

synopsis

An open conflict plays out in the Kosacks’ backyard between the pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian soldiers. This short documentary follows the life of the couple, who have refused to leave their home, and their new neighbors on the front line. Only Anatoly’s bees can fly freely from one side to the other.

biography

Pieter-Jan De Pue (1982) studied at the RITCS film academy in Brussels and was a photographer for humanitarian organizations. In Afghanistan, he shot his docu-fiction film The Land of the Enlightened, which was screened at Sundance.

more about film

director: Pieter Jan De Pue
producer: Jan Stevens
editing: Grégoire Verbeke
sound: Charo Calvo

other films in the section

From Heigths
A young filmmaker sets off for the unknown territory of an African enclave to gather true stories of its inhabitants. Motionless scenery carries human imagination to heights where unforgettable moments of human life unfold. The meditative character of the film’s imagery captures the unique atmosphere of Lesotho. 

From Heigths

Pierre Bisson
Switzerland / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
The Still Life of Vera
The lost magic of postcards is explored on film in this FAMU student exercise. A mosaic composed of seasonal motifs and short messages illustrates the relationship of several people to Věra. The passage of time is shown only by the change in the heads of state on the postage stamps. Will the mysterious recipient be found?DETAIL:“My dear Mrs. Bechyňová, I found a box with 254 postcards in an antique bookshop on Spálená Street. They were all addressed to you and were being sold for one crown each. P.S. Is anything wrong with you?”

The Still Life of Vera

Greta Stocklassa
Czech Republic / 2015 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Cod Liver Oil and Cream Caramels
We enter a dilapidated boarding school through an open, broken window. Blotches on the pure snowy landscape. Visually refined footage of decay is accompanied by the reminiscences of the now-adult children who came here as seven-year-olds. Some of them would prefer to forget what others see as the best years of their lives. Children who cannot be seen. The giggling of children’s voices carries through the run-down rooms. A boy and a girl. They exchange new words. Someone is coming, but does not enter. The door opens on its own. Behind the building shimmer the Northern Lights.

Cod Liver Oil and Cream Caramels

Guro Saniola Bjerk
Norway / 2013 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
Mon amour, mon ami
A film about one of the many forms of love, shot sensitively and without pathos. Daniela and Fouad met purely by chance. She is alone and he needs a residence permit. Over time, their pragmatically motivated relationship weaves the two protagonists into a fragile web of intimacy. But Fouad’s professions of love start to be a hindrance for Daniela.

Mon amour, mon ami

Adriano Valerio
Italy, France / 2017 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
The Electronic Border
The documentary as a computer game – not suitable for epileptics – in a technologically remarkable abstract experimental essay. An at times madcap confession, set to the rhythm of electronic music videos, of the filmmaker's loving relationship to outdated hardware and software that speaks in the language of computers, cyborgs and dark humour."Computer games built a castle full of fantastical worlds in my mind. These have become a part of my memory. My mind makes no difference between memories of dreams and memories of computers. It makes no difference between reality and imagination."

The Electronic Border

David Elsener
Switzerland / 2012 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Capital Cuba
Intercut footage of the camera panning along two sides of Havana Bay. Every few seconds, our act of viewing is disturbed for several seconds as the camera shifts from one side to the other. The rhythm of this panoramic view is determined by the editing. The 12-minute film invites the viewer on an experimentally filmed journey by boat from Old Havana to Casa Blanca.DETAIL:The sound of waves. The camera’s gaze shifts from the dark-blue surface of the water to the shoreline. An abandoned industrial building and lazily floating boats along the shore represent tools for transforming the abandoned bay.

Capital Cuba

Johann Lurf
Cuba, Austria / 2015 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Coriolis
Two women separated by continents share the same blood and come from a country where the local climate creates strong winds. The film was shot at several locations in the form of a video installation, whose poetics emerge from the director's staged dreamlike situations. One of the sisters is on a beach and the other in Helsinki in the winter. The exchange of the two women's thoughts winds through the film like an invisible thread, creating an unconscious correspondence about their experiences, set to the sound of the wind.

Coriolis

Milja Viita
Finland, Benin / 2013 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Cablestreet
The documentary captures a data cable from Chinese company Huawei being laid out onto the seabed floor. Two robot-like voiceovers – English and Mandarin – reflect on the nature of technology and how they overlap with business, war, politics and society. They are not given any explicit identity and it can be interpreted as a conversation of artificial intelligence or as a symbolic dialogue between the US and China in the midst of a Cold War for technology.
personal program

Cablestreet

Meredith Lackey
United States / 2018 / 19 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
My God Never Dies
Nearly twenty years ago, a Muslim refugee whose face we don’t get to see crossed the border of Myanmar, a country plagued by ethnic-religious conflict. He has since been unsuccessfully applying for asylum in Japan. Deprived of the opportunity to work and live outside a refugee facility, the now-40-year-old man turns to Allah as his last hope for human dignity.
personal program

My God Never Dies

Daichi Amano
Japan / 2019 / 17 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965
A meditative exploration of the violent struggle for independence in southeast Asia is framed by excerpts from Sylvia Plath’s poem “Tulips”. The central theme is combined in a double exposure with scenes of butterfly metamorphosis. The entire meditation on the year 1965 is accompanied by Bartók’s Solo for Violin 3.DETAIL:As the light lies on these white walls, this bed, these hands.I am nobody; I have nothing to do with explosions. The Tulips, Sylvia Plath

A Partial History of the Natural World, 1965

Sasha Waters Freyer
United States, Vietnam / 2014 / 7 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
25572 Buettel
Early spring. Bare trees, a river bend, ripples like fish scales, a thundering barge on the horizon. Wind turbines slice the time as they imitate the sound of fighters over a monument to the fallen heroes. 25572. The food hung in bags from the windows of housing containers is a tangible reminder of the provisional conditions and an unmistakable sign of the life for which they fought. “…from a distance, the smell of cheap flowers + steel + belongings afflicted by the storm on the next day: my fatherland”. Only a brief, modest shot of the names of the fallen. A pink spring blossom, intense sounds, and high-tension wires as proof that the world of the living balancing out the sacrifice. 

25572 Buettel

Rainer Komers
Germany / 2012 / 5 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Bailu Dream
What happens when the Chinese government builds a French village in Sichuan province? A detached camera floats among local figures and brightly coloured facades, creating a portrait of a space where kitschy idyll maintained by an authoritarian regime mixes with bizarre situations and brutal everyday life.DETAIL:“Bailu, a small village in Sichuan province, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2008. The Chinese government decided to build a French village in its place.”

Bailu Dream

Nicolas Boone
France / 2013 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
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