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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Jochen
Jochen
Jochen

Jochen

director: Daniel Fill
original title: Jochen
country: Austria
year: 2020
running time: 47 min.

synopsis

A sequence of bucolic black-and-white fragments of the southern Tuscan countryside opens a portrait of a peaceful daily routine, of reconciled old age spent in a sun-drenched idyll. Without a hint of emotion, Jochen, aged seventy, outlines the unsettled life of a retired drug smuggler, the life of a person with two stories – one as an outlaw, the second as the respectable head of a family. The account starts with the first days of the hippy movement and psychedelia in Germany, covers the profitable illegal subsistence associated with marijuana, opium and heroin, and ends with a transitory existence in the Tuscan paradise. It is a monotonous narrative of an uncommon life intertwined with the motif of personal freedom as symbolized by a ride on an unsaddled horse.

 

Q&A with Daniel Fill:

 

biography

Daniel Fill (1992) lives and works in Vienna. He is studying art and film under Thomas Heise at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He has made two short films: Le Forme della Lentezza (2016) and An Exotic Space (2017).

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director: Daniel Fill
producer: Daniel Fill
photography: Julian Fill , Daniel Fill
sound: Julian Fill, Daniel Fill

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Herding

Erlan Omurbekov
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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
The Drop
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The Drop

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Kyrgyzstan / 2019 / 20 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
Heavy Metal
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Heavy Metal

Eugene Golovanevsky
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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
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The director’s purely observational camera enters the home of a family living in a village in the Danube Delta, where the birth of another girl arouses more tension stemming from the uneasy life of the extended family. In her short film, the director thematises a conflict between generations of three women reliant on each other, while Maria, a ten-year-old girl who has to take care of her younger sisters, comes into focus. In the timelessness of traditional rural relationships, shown in a slow pace of everyday life, Maria’s childlike innocence is exposed to harsh orders of her grandmother who requires respect and proper conduct.“What drove me to Iordana was curiosity. So I allowed myself to be surprised by their world, in order to be able to deconstruct their reality.” L. Popa

Marie

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Romania / 2018 / 32 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
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Windows

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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
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Hopschotch

Dasha Demura
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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
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Tomáš Hlaváček
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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
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There Will Be More Springs to Come

Neringa Starkevičiūtė
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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
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Kristina Schranz
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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
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