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23rd 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

Risk
Risk was made over the course of six years, during which the director was in close contact with Julian Assange in his asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Poitras showed the film at last year’s festival in Cannes, but she later re-cut it, thus turning a positive portrait of her subject into a film that casts Assange in a more ambivalent light.

Risk

Laura Poitras
Germany, United States / 2017 / 92 min.
section: Special Event
Central European Premiere
Walked the Way Home
In 2015, after the terrorist attacks in the streets of France, military patrols appeared. The filmmaker took advantage of this and began filming his journey to and from work. The result is an impressive assemblage of reactions to passing soldiers and people walking around them. The experience is enhanced by a soundtrack of typical military sounds.

Walked the Way Home

Eric Baudelaire
Italy, France / 2018 / 27 min.
section: Special Event
International Premiere
Stories of Passers Through
An escape from Baghdad, loss of his close ones and home, a longstanding yearning for the homeland, searching for one’s place in the world: the author has suffered the whole lot. A neverending stream of news about the war, disrupted phone conversations along with the noise of airplane and trains – these are the touches in his painful journey. The film consists of a montage of older shots, pictures and staged scenes.

Stories of Passers Through

Koutaiba Al-Janabi
Hungary, United Kingdom, Iraq / 2018 / 67 min.
section: Special Event
European Premiere
The White World According to Daliborek
Dalibor, the protagonist of Vít Klusák’s latest documentary film, lives with his mother and her boyfriend, works at a lousy job, and likes to shoot extreme YouTube videos. He is also a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi. The film is a grotesque portrait of the denigrated and frustrated layers of society that give rise to extremism.

The White World According to Daliborek

Vít Klusák
Czech Republic / 2017 / 105 min.
section: Special Event
West of the Jordan River
In 1982, Amos Gitai made a video diary tracking the progress of the peace process in the West Bank. Thirty-five years later, in something of a follow-up film, he conducts a dialogue with the inhabitants of the occupied territory. Disillusioned by politics, the Palestinians and the Israelis are trying to find their own way to achieve long-term changes.

West of the Jordan River

Amos Gitai
France / 2017 / 84 min.
section: Special Event
Czech 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
personal program

Tribute to Rumanová: Hotel Sunrise

Mária Rumanová
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2016 / 49 min.
section: Special Event
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
personal program

Crisis

Herbert Kline, Alexander Hackenschmied, Hanuš Burger
United States / 1939 / 70 min.
section: Special Event
Meuthen's Party
Jörg Meuthen looks like a polite provincial politician. This intimate behind-the-scenes look at his candidacy for German parliament as a member of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) – putting up posters, speaking at pubs, giving speeches before thousands of people – illustrates the unsettling ability of demagogic rhetoric to speak to the masses.

Meuthen's Party

Marc Eberhardt
Germany / 2017 / 93 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Following
Outside the Internet, Youtubers are ordinary people like us; at least that’s what we can see in a film that follows five of the new rock stars for a year. Offering insights into their family background, creative thinking and ideological bedrock of the people who belong to the greatest influencers and who shape today’s young generation.

Following

Jiří Sádek
Czech Republic / 2017 / 91 min.
section: Special Event
World Premiere
Aquarela
Aquarela' takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Filmed at a rare 96 frames-per-second, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element.

Aquarela

Viktor Kossakovsky
Germany, United Kingdom / 2018 / 89 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Communism and the Net or The End of Representative Democracy
The six-hour essay in four parts examines the history of regimes and revolutions, leaders and martyrs, from a philosophical perspective. The collage of personal memories, staged scenes and archives of collective memory compares the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution and shows the exposure, conflict, crisis, and catharsis of the post-communist society. Democracy can be saved through creative laughter, dissolving the untouchability and hypertrophic egos of the representatives of state institutions. The Internet frees the society from representatives of the non-functional connecting link that prevents direct communication between citizens and institutions of power. “I can see you until I spot you. Once I spot you, I cannot see you anymore.” K. Vachek
personal program

Communism and the Net or The End of Representative Democracy

Karel Vachek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 335 min.
section: Special Event
World Premiere
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
A documentary looking at Pope Francis’ personality. The first Latin American pope in history expresses his largely progressive views on poverty, death, Church scandals and other social topics. The film also deals with the figure of St. Francis of Assisi whose name was adopted by the current Pope.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Wim Wenders
France, Germany, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland / 2018 / 96 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
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