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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Southern Belle
Southern Belle
Southern Belle

Southern Belle

director: Nicola Peduzzi
original title: Southern Belle
country: France
year: 2017
running time: 84 min.

synopsis

A sensitive portrait of 26-year-old Taelor examines the upper-class American mentality in the era of Donald Trump. Absurd property disputes and dysfunctional family relationships combine with alcoholism, drug addiction, and love of weapons to reflect the reality of the contemporary American south with a dash of brutal honesty.

biography

French actor and documentary filmmaker Nicolas Peduzzi is the creator of the short films Mikado (2014) and Death on the Basketball Court (2015). He received an award for Southern Belle at the film festival in Marseille.

more about film

director: Nicola Peduzzi
hrají: Taelor Ranzau
producer: Elsa Klughertz
script: Nicola Peduzzi
editing: Basile Belkhiri
music: Maud Geffray

other films in the section

Childhood
Childhood as an age of extraordinary imagination, games, and sense of security in a world bordered by the close horizon is explored in this observational documentary that focuses on a year in the life of a Norwegian Waldorf kindergarten. This sensitive study of the expressions of modern, progressive pedagogy can renew viewers’ faith in education and the importance of the work of educators.

Childhood

Margreth Olin
Norway / 2017 / 90 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
East European Premiere
Those Shocking Shaking Days
Can a critical reflection of a war be achieved for example by means of poeticity or visuality, or would it be advisable in such an undertaking to tendentially forego unambiguous words and images in favour of a more critical reflection of a war? If a text or a film was made in such a way as to seem to lack reference to reality, would it then make finding the truth redundant, since no reference points to factuality – the atrocities, for instance – could be found? Or would such a design of a text or a film allow conclusions about the problematic nature of any attempt at describing, at showing the complexity of evil?

Those Shocking Shaking Days

Selma Doborac
Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina / 2016 / 88 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Czech Premiere
Maestà, the Passion of Christ
With the use of a casual cinematic language, French director Andy Guérif has breathed life into a grandiose polyptych by painter Duccio di Buoninsegna from Siena. Twenty-six simultaneously unfolding scenes from the Passion of Christ show the 14th century majestic work of art frame by frame from a previously unseen perspective.

Maestà, the Passion of Christ

Andy Guérif
France / 2015 / 61 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Czech Premiere
Instant Dreams
A film essay about the obsession with maintaining visual memory using Polaroid works as a historical excursion, a how-to manual, and a philosophical contemplation. Accompanied by a hypnotic soundtrack, the film reveals the magic of instant photography using the compelling nostalgic aesthetic of the time before digital photography.
personal program

Instant Dreams

Willem Baptist
Netherlands / 2017 / 91 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Central European Premiere
Srbenka
Through interviews and footage from theatre rehearsals, the film reflects on the origins of a theatre production by Croatian director Oliver Frljić about the murder of a twelve-year-old girl during the war in Yugoslavia.  What might seem like history is actually everyday reality for Croatian Serbs, filled with hatred and fear.
personal program

Srbenka

Nebojša Slijepčević
Croatia / 2018 / 72 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Central European Premiere
Taste of Cement
This poetic documentary is an elegy to the Middle East, where cement flows across the region as they rebuild after the ravages of war. For the narrators, the smell and taste of cement remind them of their father, who left to work in neighboring countries, and the horrifying sight of their devastated home.

Taste of Cement

Ziad Kalthoum
Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Lebanon, Germany / 2017 / 85 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Central European Premiere
Fragment 53
A warrior as an archetype – a symbol – a real person – along this line, the film’s authors descend into the heart of darkness of the  Liberian civil war at the turn of the century. One by one, seven generals share their thoughts on what it means to commit one’s life to a war in which ancient traditions clash with modern alienation.

Fragment 53

Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Lodoli
Italy, Switzerland, Liberia / 2015 / 71 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Central European Premiere
Gulîstan, Land of Roses
A group of female fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party set up a camp in the mountains under constant attacks from Daesh, and the Turkish and Iranian armed forces. These girls and young women left their families to protect the families of others. Together, they train in combat, venture into war zones and then come back to the heavily mined hills. They openly speak about war and the role women play in it.

Gulîstan, Land of Roses

Zaynê Akyol
Canada, Germany / 2016 / 86 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
East European Premiere
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