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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Roi Soleil

director: Albert Serra
original title: Roi Soleil
country: Spain, Portugal
year: 2018
running time: 61 min.

synopsis

The film is a montage of the filmmaker’s installation featuring the actor Lluís Serrat as King Louis XIV posing his death agony for full seven days in front of visitors at the Graça Brandão gallery. The stertorous monarch spends most of his time rolling on the floor in the austere gallery interiors lit by red light.

biography

Albert Serra (1975) is a distinguished representative of so-called slow cinema. Documentary elements are found in his film The Lord Has Worked Wonders in Me (El senyor ha fet en mi meravelles, 2011, Ji.hlava IDFF 2016).

more about film

director: Albert Serra
cast: Luis Serrat
producer: Albert Serra, Joaquim Sapinho
script: Albert Serra
photography: Artur Tort
editing: Ariadna Ribas, Albert Serra
music: Marc Verdaguer
sound: Jordi Ribas

other films in the section

The Image Book
The sadism of images/signs sneaking into our memory. Illustrated lies and false morality born out of political crimes. JLG’s audiovisual diary, a chronicle of thought and deconstruction of images, confronts various expressions of threats to the spirit, culture and civilization. Eisenstein, Hollywood, jihadi YouTubers. The war has started.

The Image Book

Jean-Luc Godard
Switzerland, France / 2018 / 84 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
'Til Madness Do Us Part
It’s difficult to say how many circles of Hell Dante passed through on his way to Purgatory, but in this film we pass though a lot of them. In a Chinese mental hospital cut off from the outside world, mentally handicapped criminals, political prisoners and the “merely” sick find a common life. Four hours of extreme observation, interspersed with singing. A reality show from the world of anxieties. An enclosed space, a camera that visits nearly every place, and people who no longer register the presence of recording equipment. The only thing we don’t get is entertainment.

'Til Madness Do Us Part

Wang Bing
Hong Kong SAR China, France, Japan / 2013 / 228 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Tribute to Rumanová: Hotel Sunrise
Hotel Sunrise (2016), the masterwork by promising Slovak documentary filmmaker Marie Rumanová (1989-2019) featuring an oppressive atmosphere and feelings of sadness and hopelessness, takes us on a journey through the dark gateway into Eastern Europe via the last railway station on the Slovak-Ukrainian border in Čierna nad Tisou. The documentary’s suggestive observation, never before seen in the Czech-Slovak context, is testimony to the director's pure talent and sensitivity. In the presence of her close colleagues, teachers and friends, along with the screening of the film, we will commemorate the future work of this promising young author from her time as a student. "I started making the film in the period when I began feeling pressure from the system in which I felt like a slave. I was worried with how to reconcile my personal happiness so that it would not be in spite of some world order." M. Rumanová
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Tribute to Rumanová: Hotel Sunrise

Mária Rumanová
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2016 / 49 min.
section: Special Event
Occupation, the 27th Picture
Croatian documentary filmmaker Pavo Marinković sought out one of his country’s best-known directors, Lordan Zafranović, in his current voluntary exile in Prague, and filmed an empathetic portrait that looks primarily at the political controversy evoked by Zafranović’s film Occupation in 26 Pictures. The 27th picture that Marinković has added to Zafranović’s brutal portrait of Nazism testifies to the subtler and less visible violence born of the occupation that the Zafranović experienced personally during the 1960s and ’70s.

Occupation, the 27th Picture

Pavo Marinković
Czech Republic, Croatia / 2013 / 71 min.
section: Special Event
Sarajevo Songs of Woe
"SARAJEVO SONGS OF WOE" is a filmic triptych containing of the two tales "Blue Ballad for Lovers" and "Blue Rondo for Survivors" and the documentary middle part "Blue Psalm for Wolves". They are flowing into each other and so building up a universal mosaic of fragmented life situated in the town of Sarajevo. The camera follows different protagonists and interweaves with their cinematic round-dance of hope and despair, love and death and their quest for a dignified life.

Sarajevo Songs of Woe

Fred Kelemen
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany / 2016 / 140 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
Up' Rising 68
In May 1968, France experienced yet another revolutionary moment. Students and workers entered a general strike, action committees were formed, people were engaging in debates in from of factories, and there was fighting in the streets. Contemporary footage creates an epic fresco of events during which the energy of utopian ideals helped shake the society.

Up' Rising 68

Jacques Kebadian, Andrieu Michel
France / 2018 / 80 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Crisis
In the summer of 1938, American producer and director Herbert Kline came to Czechoslovakia to document the crisis in Europe. At that time, violence caused by Nazi small combat troops culminated in the Czechoslovak border region, although the officially Runciman Report, influenced by the Berlin and Sudeten German propaganda described the oppression of the Germans. The film Crisis  played a significant role in rebutting the distorted arguments. The film crew travelled all over Czechoslovakia for several months, recording the coexistence of the Czechs and Germans and filming the treasonous actions of the Henleinists who had only one goal – to disrupt the democratic republic.  Restored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. “In Habrová near the Czech border, soldiers are restoring order after a Nazi pogrom. German democrats, Czechs, Catholics and Jews were murdered in bed and shot in the street. Yet these people had lived here together for centuries. Anyone who was not a Nazi, was identified as a victim.” From the film Crisis
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Crisis

Herbert Kline, Alexander Hackenschmied, Hanuš Burger
United States / 1939 / 70 min.
section: Special Event
One Day in the Haram
Abrar Hussain spent over a year researching different aspects of the Haram in Makkah. He brings this extraordinary story of the place so revered that non-Muslims are forbidden from even setting foot in it. For the 1st time in history, witness the inner workings of the Haram, as seen through the eyes of the workers, over a full day period.

One Day in the Haram

Abrar Hussain
Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom / 2018 / 85 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker
This film, which was awarded at this year’s Berlinale, reconstructs a real story using its authentic Roma protagonists. Nazif’s odyssey for saving his beloved wife after the hospital refuses to perform a lifesaving procedure because he has no money is a strong social drama set on a stage of poverty, while at the same time avoiding stereotypical depictions of the gypsy mentality. The hopelessness of this alarming look at human indifference is subversively tempered by the depth of the protagonists’ love, in the name of which Nazif spends hours in freezing junkyards searching for “money-giving” scrap iron.

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

Danis Tanović
Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia, Italy / 2013 / 74 min.
section: Special Event
The Gatekeepers
The fight against terrorism, secret operations, spying – within the context of the State of Israel, all these terms take on special meaning. Their contradictory and incomprehensible character is presented in interviews with former directors of the country's Shin Bet counterintelligence service, set against images from history, often in 3D animations. In the age of mass media the original concept of the gatekeeper (someone guarding entry to a place) has been expanded to include persons or institutions that control access to information.

The Gatekeepers

Dror Moreh
Israel, France, Germany, Belgium / 2012 / 96 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
Future My Love
This film about futurologist Jacque Fresco and his technological-social theories works with design as an umbrella term for thinking towards the future. The director engages in a figurative dialogue with Fresco in the form of a stylised exploration of the lovers’ relationship as a miniature model for human society. A designer is a person who lives a bit outside of time. The things he things about and on which he works only become real when he focuses on something else.

Future My Love

Maja Borg
United Kingdom, Sweden / 2012 / 93 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
Meeting Gorbachev
A confrontational dialogue between Werner Herzog and the last Soviet president is the core of a portrait made up primarily of archival and illustrative footage against the background of which Herzog’s hypnotic voice reflects on Gorbachev’s political career, including the eras of perestroika and glasnost, through his tragic end.

Meeting Gorbachev

André Singer, Werner Herzog
United Kingdom, United States, Germany / 2018 / 90 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Evropská unie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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