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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Only Way
The Only Way
The Only Way

The Only Way

director: Viesturs Grazdanovics
original title: The Only Way
country: Latvia
year: 1990
running time: 6 min.

synopsis

A view of the socio-political reality of the Republic of Latvia before it was liberated from Soviet domination. The monochrome collage subvert the symbols of totalitarian power, shatters and breaks down propagandistic images of workers and former political representatives, and reveals the emptiness of their fragile ideological convulsions.

biography

Latvian director and producer Viesturs Graždanovičs (1965), founder of 2ANNAS, one of the most important experimental film festivals in the Baltics, discovers hidden meanings in his highly-edited films made with archival materials with an emphasis on their aesthetic qualities.

more about film

director: Viesturs Grazdanovics
producer: Viesturs Grazdanovics

other films in the section

Anthony’s Broken Mirror
A lonely magician becomes the victim of his own illusions when he yearns for a mannequin in a shop window that is transformed into a young woman. The tragic ending shows the dangers arising from coveting an object of desire and the treacherous nature of the human psyche, which Makavejev had previously studied as an academic discipline. The soundtrack has been lost and in 2011 was replaced by a composition by Serbian composer Zoran Simjanović.

Anthony’s Broken Mirror

Dušan Makavejev
Yugoslavia / 1957 / 12 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Hello, Berlin!
Hello, Berlin! is a short film which utilizes found promotional footage of socialist Berlin juxtaposed with footage of an aggressive first date. In the film, Werner used colour footage of an ethereal socialist Berlin as a form of sarcasm which meshes with the imperfect first date; the sarcasm deriving from Eastern Germany’s contentious and fraying relationship with socialism.

Hello, Berlin!

Thomas Werner
Germany / 1987 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Entering the Sea
This important film presaging the Ukrainian poetic school was intended as Osyka’s graduation work, but the diploma committee deemed it too formalist and rejected it. A panorama in a series of inquisitive shots of a crowded beach serves as a prologue for a lyrical study of the movements, faces, and bodies of the men, women, and children; of the sun and the sea.
personal program

Entering the Sea

Leonid Osyka
USSR / 1965 / 16 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
COITUS
Coitus is an experimental film created as a result of the chemical treatment of the film material, resulting in an abstract work of art.

COITUS

Arnis Ritups, Haralds Elcers
Latvia / 1989 / 2 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Information about People and Hands
Information on Hands and Humans is an experimental black and white short film with a table of hands exploring their environment and interacting with the other pair of hands around the table.

Information about People and Hands

Ľubomír Ďurček
Slovakia / 1982 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Litany of Happy People
This originally censored musical film is a satirical depiction of the inhabitants of Vojvodina, a rural region of Serbia characterized by its multi-ethnic population. Although it won two awards in Oberhausen, it was banned in Yugoslavia and Godina was long prevented from making experimental film. „I have always tried to find a new language or a form to implement into the film.” K. Godina

Litany of Happy People

Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1971 / 14 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Untitled
Children and a cat discover the adult world through all their senses, playfully exploring a library, seawater, an entire flat, and a park. To a playful musical soundtrack, the film comments on the world through a collage of newspaper headlines and magazine photographs, presented as analogous to a home movie.
personal program

Untitled

Borys Shylenko
USSR / 1960 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Mirage
This award-winning student film uses humorous animated collages to explore the characters, actors, and work of the big studios. Set to a dialogue-like commentary and music evoking various cinematic genres, the film engages in a critique of the star system of cinema.
personal program

Mirage

Arkadii Faustov
USSR / 1984 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Boxing
Ion Grigorescu’s conceptual film depicts a boxing fight of the author with his own image in a double exposure. The fight takes place in nudity, outside the boxing ring, without audience and the possibility of freeing yourself. Isolation becomes not only the source of suffering but also of internal strength. In the course of the action, the image of the winning boxer fades and the loser becomes prominent.

Boxing

Ion Grigorescu
Romania / 1977 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
KVN
A documentary collage consisting of images of fields and housing estates, young people having fun, or a university setting and staged scenes filled with humour and hyperbole, accompanied by a voiceover recalling propagandistic socio-critical documentaries. Though banned in the Soviet Union, the film screened at several foreign festivals.
personal program

KVN

Arkadii Faustov
USSR / 1965 / 9 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Clapper
Clapper is a heavily edited short film combining footage of political protests from pre- and post-WWII. It is considered one of the first “found footage” films made in Poland. The film incorporates Janis Joplin’s track “Summertime” as a soundtrack to the chaotic scenes.

Clapper

Wojciech Bruszewski
Poland / 1971 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Pression
Šimunić uses double exposure to combine footage of people and scenes from 1970s Belgrade with garish images from television shows containing elements of pornography to create an illusory film. He joins scenes from everyday life with his penchant for erotica. This debut film, which took five years to make, uses visual games to explore the limits of the human perception.

Pression

Ljubomir Šimunić
Yugoslavia / 1975 / 15 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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