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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower
Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower
Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower
Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower

Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower

director: Ryan Ferko
original title: Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower
country: Canada, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia
year: 2019
running time: 17 min.

synopsis

An archeological collage of observations of the traces left by life on the landscape, combined with reflections on ephemerality and historical legacy, set to a music-and-noise composition. Motifs of reincarnation and a possible return, collected while traveling through the former Yugoslavia, culminate with a visit to an abandoned family farm, now accessible only by illegally crossing the border to the European Union.

“Through collaborative ways of experiencing how history collides with the present, my work embraces the complexity of a landscape while in the process questioning my own nostalgic and desiring gaze.” R. Ferko

biography

Canadian director Ryan Ferko (1987) works on the boundary between fine art and film. A frequent subject of his films and video installations is the landscape as an unreliable narrator. His artistic projects are based on the long-term study of self-serving interpretations of history during conflicts regarding architectural heritage and urban development.

more about film

director: Ryan Ferko
producer: Ryan Ferko
photography: Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko

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