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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Catastrophe

director: Zbyněk Baladrán, Zbyněk Baladrán
original title: Katastrofa
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 6 min.

synopsis

The film references a one-act play by Samuel Beckett dedicated to the imprisoned Václav Havel. Ten image compositions are based on algorithms designed to simulate a two-dimensional image. A meditation on media manipulation, for which crime is just a slice of reality killing the plasticity of reality.

 

biography

Zbyněk Baladrán (1973) is a visual artist and curator. Since 2002, he has focused on videos. At the Ji.hlava festival, he has presented his films Dead Reckoning (2014), To Be Framed (2016), and Bezmocný zdroj veškeré moci (Powerless Source of All Power, 2018).

more about film

director: Zbyněk Baladrán, Zbyněk Baladrán
cast: Aneta Koelblová
producer: Zbyněk Baladrán
photography: Zbyněk Baladrán

other films in the section

Muladhara
Muladhara is the first, root chakra, which is a sign of grounding and stability. Muladhara represents the connection of soul and body, the connection of man with nature and the whole universe, the unity of being. A human being is a rainbow completed by individual chakras. The film for the electronic song "Dipped into Poison" by the American musician Lorn shows a human from physical birth to the demise of the body and the departure of the soul to the next incarnation.“In my line of work, I have the opportunity to come off the stage and not be a puppet. I have the chance to try things another way.” M. Kostelanská  
personal program

Muladhara

Martina Kostelanská
Czech Republic / 2020 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Wet Wedding
Behind the curtain of the film strip the concreteness of images appears and disappears again with varying levels of visuals shifts and deformations. The sounds of the film’s movement mix with voices that give the scenes context but nevertheless prevent a reconstruction of the fable. – The story dissolves, and during this layering we move further away from it ever being one.

Wet Wedding

Jan Daňhel, Jakub Halousek
Czech Republic / 2017 / 24 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Czech Premiere
Exposure
Layered notes on the direction of lighting and the corresponding reactions, and on the sources of light and their power. The minimalist imagery developed by the commentary illustrates meditations upon the moment of illumination and the element of time in the visible and invisible. The filmmaker says: “The exposure time is the present. Light is absorbed by the face. A video essay on horror, spaghetti, and the pyramid used to guide a plane. And also about other things. The film is another attempt at offering testimony. Everything definitive evokes ridicule. The previous sentence is proof, as is this one. And this one.”

Exposure

Dalibor Knapp
Czech Republic / 2013 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Currently Adverse Weather
The nearly invisible encounter of two people takes place on a blurred screen, but with audible sounds: A fog that you couldn’t cut even with a knife. Two people meet. Each can see only what he can touch or hear. Better to record it all, in case somebody doesn’t remember. In the end, none of its was important; we don’t see anything but we were there… maybe.

Currently Adverse Weather

Andran Abramjan
Czech Republic / 2012 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Polisaurus
An audiovisual collage of a thousand-headed transportation monster, the concentrated reality of the big city. By focusing on one single point where all level of traffic cross in space-time, it synthesizes the everyday experiences of the city’s residents. In its breaking down of perspective and deconstruction of space, the film is an example of audiovisual Cubism.

Polisaurus

Adrian Jansa
Czech Republic / 2015 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Film as an Art Object. The Films of Stanislav Hora, 1980–2016
Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz - Out of competitionThe little-known Super 8mm films of Stanislav Hora (1959) from the 1980s are a little studied area of artistic film in our country. With his background in sculpture, Hora approaches film more as an artistic material – he uses it to animate the creation of sculptures, he draws on it, scratches and attacks its surface or uses it as a medium for art happenings. For Hora, film is a tool for expanding his artistic practice into other forms, a means for capturing visual processes or a kind of sculptural object. The Ji.hlava screenings are the premiere of newly digitized versions.Curator and author of the texts: Martin Blažíček (CAS FAMU)Digital reconstruction of the films: Lukáš Janičík, Emiliya VereshchaginaAudio mastering: Sara PinheiroThe films of Stanislav Hora were reconstructed at FAMU’s Centre for Audiovisual Studies thanks to the Academy of Performing Art’s institutional support for long-term conceptual development.Screening:BabraeCzechoslovakia, 1980, 6 min.Černý hadice / Black HoseCzechoslovakia, 1982, 3 min.Dobře posazená figura / Well-Positioned ModelCzechoslovakia, 1987, 3 min.Oko / EyeCzechoslovakia, 1987, 1 min.Pavouk / SpiderCzechoslovakia, 1987, 4 min.Kameny / StonesCzechoslovakia, 1987, 4 min.Fragment II – West BerlinCzechoslovakia, 1989, 6 min.FILCzech Republic, 2016, 5 min.

Film as an Art Object. The Films of Stanislav Hora, 1980–2016

90 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Trip to Prague
Collected observations of pedestrians near Prague’s main train station, ordered into groups on the basis of their behaviour or “props”: smokers, mothers with strollers, couples, people with plastic bags. The patient listing and categorization of photographs taken over a longer period of time creates a careful study and an occasionally twisted portrait of one particular place in the middle of the city.  

Trip to Prague

Pavel Hronovský
Czech Republic / 2012 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Czech Premiere
Warped Ján
A documentary miniature illustrating the birth of rural mythology. As they talk about Jan Vizváry, a physically disabled resident of the village of Čáry in western Slovakia, a group of villagers gives rise to stories and tales that they witnessed or merely heard about. The boy with the deformed legs became the subject of observation and local sayings in which memories of World War II become intertwined with everyday as well as extraordinary events. The village’s residents remember a big storm during which his father was hit by a tree, as well as the film scraps he collected and then screened at the local cinema.

Warped Ján

Petr Šprincl, Marie Šprincl
Czech Republic / 2013 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Anomaly
A metacommentary movie about a movie, in which the director and the cameraman are filming a report about the extinction of butterflies and ecosystem collapse, while in the editing room they polemise about ways to communicate clearly and comment on their dramaturgical decisions, as well as express frustration with the difficulty of reaching a modern audience with more complex communication.

Anomaly

Eva Lammelová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 22 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
14,4V17.11.
Like the director's other films, this one was also created during the filming of an event in public space, specifically capturing fragments of the celebrations of the anniversary of the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution. The film, ostensibly a reportage, transforms the event into a vortex that pays homage to avant-garde films from the first half of the 1920s. Q&A with the director Vladimír Turner:
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14,4V17.11.

Vladimír Turner
Czech Republic / 2020 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Nobody needs to know about this, he said
Personal testimony about the process of trauma treatment. The feelings of loss and   insignificance are the realities of our everyday lives. There are some unprocessed emotions that need their space and reason. How does the personal artwork becomes political? What is depoliticizes it? What is our relationship with pain and our own body in context of accepting ourselves? Is it possible to transform pain into a positive signal of being alive? In it possible to breathe to self-consciousness?  To experience a trauma again intentionally can help with letting go however it often remains not solved by society.  Recasting of emotional and mental material from apathy and resignation to a hidden intimate confession and call for a change of society and a collective transformation of shame to pride, anger to strength and pain to sympathy. Q&A with the director Ester Grohová and other authors of films in the Fascinations section:
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Nobody needs to know about this, he said

Ester Grohová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Dare Nativitatis
This intimate essay presents the inner experiences of pregnant woman before and during childbirth. As she tries to come to terms with physical pain and as she mentally processes the situation, more complex questions arise as well. A documentary record mixed with questions and visions that reflect the mind and brain of a birthing woman.

Dare Nativitatis

Eliška Cílková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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