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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Hypnodrome
Hypnodrome
Hypnodrome

Hypnodrome

director: Richard Wilhelmer
original title: Hypnodrom
country: Austria
year: 2017
running time: 5 min.

synopsis

The simple combination of movements by the camera and the observer creates a hypnotic ride in which, despite a voiceover emphasizing calm and relaxation, rotating objects and lights create an unsettling physical experience and dig the viewer´s imagination deep into grogginess of unsettled look.

“Hypnodrome is motion-induced delirium. A cinematographic look through the ‘egocentric camera’ and an homage to cinema as a site of contemplation and trance.” R. Wilhelmer

biography

Visual artist Richard Wilhelmer (1983) was born in Vienna and studie in Berlin and London and at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He has created public interactive installations, a feature- ength fiction film, a book of stories, and intermedia experiments in which digital technology plays an important role. Wilhelmer explores interpersonal relationships and questions of adolescence and adulthood, frequently with the use of sci-fi elements.

more about film

director: Richard Wilhelmer
producer: Richard Wilhelmer
photography: Serafin Spitzer
sound: Christian Obermaier

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Requiem
This slow-moving film creates intensive experience of continuously nearly indiscernible - yet in the length of the whole film invariably distinct - changes of shadows, spaces and shapes carved by dark branches into the light mist that besets the statue-like steadiness of the thickening forest just to relinquish it the very next moment. “I wrote poems on the streets, wary of irresponsible parables of nature. The imagination of the street was pain and I loved it. But I still believe that the greatest subverbs are in nature.” M. Yi       
personal program

Requiem

Myun Yi
South Korea / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Escape Agents
A re-construction of the illegal smuggling of a family across the border from East to West Berlin in 1988. Told in photographs, the film shows a chilling story of escape in the trunk of a car and an encounter with agents of the East German secret police. The images’ unknown origin adds a sense of the universal and calls into question the course of events.  "While researching my first feature, I stumbled across these photos in the Stasi archives and decided to try to make a story around them. I was shocked when I found out the true identity of the people " S. Calonico  

The Escape Agents

Scott Calonico
United Kingdom, German Democratic Republic, Germany / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
45 7 Broadway
A portrait of New York’s Times Square shot on black-and-white film using a red, yellow and blue filter and subsequently copied onto colour stock. The simple destruction of the image is contrasted with the overabundance of digital advertising and billboards while at the same time emphasizing the silent rhythm of the everyday bustle on the street. Bicyclists and pedestrians seem to emerge from the image, to step out of the screen, followed by their spirits, visible trajectories of their deeds and decisions.

45 7 Broadway

Tomonari Nishikawa
United States / 2013 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
ROTARIO
This stereoscopic 3D film explores field of vision by slicing the visible image into sections of time and space. The centrifugal images of movement are combined in surreal compositions in which the seams disappear and reappear in moving illusions. "Stereoscopic films make sense if they make non in mono2D. ROTARIO provides the same film to each eye but with a one frame delay. The spinning carousel unfolds its depth in the spectator's vision only." B. Speidel

ROTARIO

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Save (My heart from the world)
The movements of the ferry, creating additional disturbances in the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, enable the creation of colorful compositions, unexpectedly degraded algorithmic interventions of digital compression which in inventive surfaces and grids mask and repeatedly renew the authenticity of the record of the voyage, while the horizon becomes an escaping uncertainty. Jacques Perconte (1974) is a leading figure on the French avant garde film scene. He experiments with digital images, codecs, and compression algorithms that he himself creates. Thematically he focuses primarily on the relationships of contemporary culture and technologically advanced civilizations with nature. His work has been screened at past Jihlava IDFFs: L (2014), Les Moutiers (2012), and Ettrick (2015), among others.“The wind blew from the starting of the ferry. Offshore, the swell could make the travel difficult, but that boat would split the sea and project its Mediterranean blue in the golden sky and the fire light of the setting sun in the waves.”

Save (My heart from the world)

Jacques Perconte
France / 2016 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Who's Afraid Of RGB
Another contribution of this authoress to the reflection of genre films, this time dealing with romantic melodrama, confronts the expressive character of the film medium with the viewers’ perception in radical juxtapositions of eyes closely observing the movie Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and spots of red, green and blue colours that bite into them accompanied by harrowing noises and music. “Who's Afraid of RGB plays with self-referentiality in art, with the relation between artwork and viewer, references to other works of art and to scientific fields, as here to psychophysiology.” B. Roisz 
personal program

Who's Afraid Of RGB

Billy Roisz
Austria / 2019 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Double 8
Christiana Perschon shot her meeting with the artist Linda Christanell, a representative of Austria’s feminist avant-garde of the 1970s, on double 8mm fi lm without cutting. When shown, the fi lm’s split image shows footage of the two women fi lming one another to create a dialogue on seeing and being seen. “Every interaction with an image searches for its own form.  Approaching someone with my camera is not a one-way encounter but an act of getting to know each other: I see you seeing me instead of looking at you.” C. Perschon

Double 8

Christiana Perschon
Austria / 2016 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Untitled, 1925
In high-contrast black-and-white images of nature and mountain villages, the filmmaker meditates on family origins and identity while traveling across the Andes along the same route taken in 1925 by her Jewish grandfather (a professional boxer originally from Romania) in order to acquire Peruvian citizenship, which 12 years later allowed him and his family to leave Europe. Peru native Madi Piller (1960) lives in Canada, where she works as an independent filmmaker, animator, and programmer and curator for the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS). Her abstract poetic films combine various cinematic styles and techniques and explore themes of memory, introspection, and the search for cultural identity.“Delving into memory and reflecting on territorial space, the film revisits a passage in life. By using 16mm high contrast film and by processing the silver essence of the film material resurfaced as a layer such as the hidden treasures of the Andes.”

Untitled, 1925

Madi Piller
Canada / 2016 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower
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
personal program

Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower

Ryan Ferko
Canada, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia / 2019 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Garden Exercises
A tour of botanical gardens in Bilbao, Toronto and Quito, filmed on a haptic camera as part of a project for developing a camera that will record the things its owner touches. The filmmakers explore the diversity of visual identities at a time dominated by the combination of sight and sound. “The video is a part of the collaborative ‘Haptic/Visual Identities’ project investigating ‘haptic visuality’ through film via a digital DIY prototype. The work presents ‘macro images’ of a garden in a former colonial paradise.” A. Mergler

Garden Exercises

Cristian Villavicencio, Agata Mergler
Ecuador / 2017 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Filipiniana
An ironic collage offers a reflection on lords and leaders, their gestures, attributes, characteristics, and deeds. The images, which oscillate between the credibility of archival footage and the artificiality of costume dramas on cardboard stage sets, become hyperboles of the typical attributes of power and engage in, are a radically rebellious play with punk expression. Khavn de la Cruz (1973) is a Philippine filmmaker, musician, and writer, a leading figure of the younger generation of Philippine cinema. He has helped produce 47 feature-length and 112 short films, and founded MOV, an international film, music, and literary festival in Quezon City. In addition to a number of feature-length films (Kamias: Memory of Forgetting, 1999, 2006 Jihlava IDFF; Manila in the Fangs of Darkness, 2008, 2008 Jihlava IDFF), a crosssection of his short films were presented at the 2006 Jihlava IDFF in the Translucent Beings section.“To reimage, rewrite, and reread my country’s bastard history, using dismembered icons and scenographies that both affirm and negate remembered mythology.”

Filipiniana

Khavn De La Cruz
Philippines / 2015 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Firefly
A performative film that compiles close-up shots of concentrated faces with abstract images converging towards a distinct point of light and geometric shots of dancing figures to create an associative image of fireflies, which in Cuban mythology represent ghosts, echoes of fires, or souls passing in the night. “Through collaborative processes and experimentation, I make films that allow a sensory experience, expanding the spectator’s perception of the social/political/cultural/personal phenomenon portrayed.” C. Claremi 
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Firefly

Claudia Claremi
Cuba / 2019 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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