24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Ivan Tatíček: A Chronicle of Late-Stage Socialism
original title: Ivan Tatíček – Kronika pozdního socialismu
country: Czech Republic
running time: 110 min.
Ivan Tatíček was among the most prominent figures in the Czech alternative documentary scene in the 1980s. His films are characterized by spontaneity, improvisation and the use of home footage techniques. They authentically depict the atmosphere of life in late-stage socialism, in which they capture a number of personalities of the alternative cultural scene in addition to everyday situations. His films were made under private circumstances, and after private screenings and showings at amateur festivals, they were later completely forgotten about. In a new digitized version prepared by the National Film Archive, they will be presented in a revived premiere with the filmmaker himself an active participant of the screening.
The workshop is led by Martin Blažíček
Group D, 1982, 27 min
Nothing different, 1983, 23 min
Metrofilm, 1984, 9 min
Home, Sweet Home, 1986, 19 min
other films in the section
This graduate project film uses zoom shots delving deep into the landscape to bring images of a smoking chimney and large mining wheel excavators. This portrayal of objects embedded in a landscape gradually being taken over by the army is a colorful visual poem presenting in-depth views of the life of passive nature, which is in sharp contrasting with iconic symbols of civilization.
Czechoslovakia / 1965 / 8 min.
We most commonly see Normalization era in Czechoslovakia – the time of social and political repression following the country’s invasion by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968 – through documentaries about dissidents or from old television series. But the dilemmas posed by the totalitarian regime affected everybody. The 16-part series Stories of the 20th Century explores various people’s (students, journalists, miners, secret police collaborators, soldiers, rank-and-file Party members, homosexuals, and many others) responses to the pressure they received not only from the government apparatus but also from those around them. ---Three films from the series will be presented by their writers and directors. Tři filmy představí a debatu o nich povedou režiséři a scenáristé cyklu.
Stories of the 20th Century
A record of one of Zorka Ságlová’s last land-art actions in October 1972. In the abandoned Vřísek Castle in the village of Zahrádky near Česká Lípa, a group of invited participants released hundreds of inflated condoms. The action was one of Ságlová’s many land-art interventions such as Laying Napkins near Sudoměř (1970) and Throwing Balls into Bořín Pond (1969). Participants included the members of the Plastic People and their friends. The film concludes with several spontaneous events such as the recreation of the Stalin monument and an improvised concert by Milan Hlavsa in a nearby cave.
Homage to Fafejta
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 15 min.
Documentary filmmaking is probably more of a challenge for FAMU’s international students than it is for many of those from the Czech Republic. As a result, their perspective of phenomena founded in local reality is that much more intense, as may be seen in this selection of their best works.---The Workshop is led by: Vít JanečekPresented films:Living Inbetween, dir. Nefeli Oikonomou Pantzou, Czech Republic 2016, 10´What Is Behind the Canvas?, dir. Haukur Hallsson, Czech Republic 2016, 12'Vernissage of Martin Fryč, dir. Ana Aleksovka, Czech Republic 2015, 13'Sarah’s Manifesto, dir. Nefeli Oikonomou Pantzou, Czech Republic 2015, 12'Atte, dir. Zachary Slouka, Czech Republic 2015, 9'It’s Possible that Everything is Possible, dir. Galina Stepanova, Czech Republic 2016, 13'Sassicaia, dir. Ívar Erik Yeoman, Czech Republic 2015, 11'
Traveler and director Dan Přibáň crisscrosses the world with his crew in yellow trabants and provides fresh information from around the world. His last trip will lead us to China, which will be topis of his workshop. We will talk about absurdities, which look comical for outside observers, but are a harsh reality for ordinary local people.
Yellow Circus versus Red China
Czech Republic / 90 min.
The wedding film of the Plastic People’s singer, Paul Wilson, shows the scene before and after the ceremony at the town hall in Prague 5, including the gathered friends and the final departure of the newlyweds.
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 3 min.
A portrait of a boy sent to work in a farmer’s household, where he attends the local school. It captures not only the hard work he performs, but also those times when he plays with a dog and his frequent cigarette breaks. The documentary uses observational scenes of activities that at some points present even idyllic images of a human connected with nature.“ … the small farmer Jano longs for only one thing – to return from a society he does not understand, one which is foreign to him, to his solitude, back to nature…’ Rudolf Urc
Czechoslovakia / 1969 / 16 min.
This documentary film points out new challenges in the inner workings of university education face to face with massification and commercialism influencing both practical and symbolic meanings of education and schooling as such. Talks on these issues are given by a score of personalities, e.g. by sociologist Frank Furedi or linguist Noam Chomsky. The film will be co-screened with Open Fortress. A Q&A session with guests is planned after the screening.
Universities and Freedom
Zuzana Piussi, Vít Janeček
The spoken word plays the main role in this investigative documentary. While the screen remains black, we listen to a conversation between officials and filmmakers who want to shoot a film about lung disease in Sichuan. The audio record exposes the typical strategy of censorship, progressing from false affability to the point of open threats.
China / 2016 / 62 min.
East European Premiere
This filmed survey of second-year students of the Documentary Department explores the conflicts that arise when a woman wants to study, possibly even set out along an academic career path, but at the same time longs to properly care for her family and children. The scenes portray the efforts of the female students, and their off-screen statements are interspersed with a contemporary commentary.
Czechoslovakia / 1966 / 7 min.
How did people with a different sexual orientation live before the Velvet Revolution? Did they have to hide their true identity? Did they suffer legal prosecution? Former member of the Czechoslovak women’s table tennis team Jana Kociánová, government official František Bloudek, and FAMU graduate Libuše Jarcovjáková (author of a unique series of photographs from Prague’s legendary T-Club) tell their stories.
Stories of the 20th Century: Branded for Life
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
It is the late 1980s. Petr Mička and Jirka Imlauf are friends at the Faculty of Education in Ústí nad Labem. Two years still remain before the Velvet Revolution. What could their random participation in an unpermitted protest possibly achieve? And what happens after a random look into the Cibulka List of supposed collaborators 20 years later?
Stories of the 20th Century: Agent Vian
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.