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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Wheel
The Wheel
The Wheel
The Wheel

The Wheel

director: Mykhailo lIenko
original title: Kolo
country: USSR
year: 1972
running time: 18 min.

synopsis

A poetic portrait of sculptors who create their works on the potter's wheel from clay and other natural materials. The theme of the potter's wheel permeates through poetic scenes in which sculptors are captured at work, with their families, hand in hand with nature, and also in vivid images where both the creators and their artifacts are installed in everyday environments.

biography

Director, screenwriter, cameraman and actor Mykhail Illienko (b. 1947) mainly shoots feature films that often reflect the modern history of Ukraine, the Second World War or communistic totalitarianism. The film, Fuchzhou (1994), loosely follows the Ukrainian poetic tradition and is one of many key works for folklore film.

more about film

director: Mykhailo lIenko

other films in the section

Untitled
Fragments of a home movie in which the filmmaker captures weekend strolls and tanks rumbling through the city. The visit to memorial places and open nature is an example of an amateur film in which the director places a clear emphasis on details and attempts to create distinctive compositions and augment normal home movie situations with unusual visual motifs.
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Untitled

Mykola Peretiatko
USSR / 1990 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
The First Photo of Me Ever Taken
A minute-long self-portrait shows an archival photograph of Milenko Jovanović as a child, relativizing the reliability of historical artefacts in relation to unreliable human memory. Using a flicker effect, the static photograph became animated in time. The author highlights the structural qualities of both these media, the permanence of photographs and the ability of film to capture movement, and their effect on the perception of what is portrayed.

The First Photo of Me Ever Taken

Milenko Jovanović
Serbia / 1972 / 1 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Hello, Berlin!
Hello, Berlin! is a short film which utilizes found promotional footage of socialist Berlin juxtaposed with footage of an aggressive first date. In the film, Werner used colour footage of an ethereal socialist Berlin as a form of sarcasm which meshes with the imperfect first date; the sarcasm deriving from Eastern Germany’s contentious and fraying relationship with socialism.

Hello, Berlin!

Thomas Werner
Germany / 1987 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Searching for Balance (From Abstraction to Figuration)
Searching for Balance is an experimental silent video art project. Skala uses silhouettes of a woman's torso to frame the rapidly changing coloured filling along with altering the speed of footage to achieve his signature style.

Searching for Balance (From Abstraction to Figuration)

Petr Skala
Czechoslovakia / 1973 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
LIFT
A conceptual black-and-white film without sound shows two young women floating above ground over a tennis court layout. Their jerky movements resemble a puppet dance. The specific effect making the impression of levitation was created by letting the girls jump and turn mid-air while capturing their movement.

LIFT

Vladimír Havrilla
Slovakia / 1972 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Transformation
Transformation is a short film crafted by Grzegorz G. Zgraj as part of his final student film dissertation. The film explores the structure of images and the relationship between sound and image. By using zoom and fragmented imagery alongside flute and prepared pianos, Zgraj illustrates the complexity of the visual structure.

Transformation

Grzegorz G. Zgraja
Poland / 1978 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Anthony’s Broken Mirror
A lonely magician becomes the victim of his own illusions when he yearns for a mannequin in a shop window that is transformed into a young woman. The tragic ending shows the dangers arising from coveting an object of desire and the treacherous nature of the human psyche, which Makavejev had previously studied as an academic discipline. The soundtrack has been lost and in 2011 was replaced by a composition by Serbian composer Zoran Simjanović.

Anthony’s Broken Mirror

Dušan Makavejev
Yugoslavia / 1957 / 12 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Minningar
In her audio-visual essay, the author looks back on her childhood, exploring how memories affect her present experience. The original 8 mm footage transforms into video and its pixels deform memories into stains resembling oil paintings.

Minningar

Kristín Scheving
Iceland / 2000 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Litany of Happy People
This originally censored musical film is a satirical depiction of the inhabitants of Vojvodina, a rural region of Serbia characterized by its multi-ethnic population. Although it won two awards in Oberhausen, it was banned in Yugoslavia and Godina was long prevented from making experimental film. „I have always tried to find a new language or a form to implement into the film.” K. Godina

Litany of Happy People

Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1971 / 14 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Home Village
Sunlit images of kolkhoz farm workers during the harvest are interspersed with commentary celebrating rural collectivization and modernization. Yet strong lyrical tones of a disappearing world, old age, and loneliness permeate the ideological undertones of the film. Old villagers and half-demolished buildings symbolize the disappearing villages, deep-rootedness, and love for the land.

Home Village

Peep Puks, Peeter Tooming
Estonia / 1969 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
The Baltic Way
Two million people held hands on August 23, 1989, forming a nearly 700-kilometer-long human chain that spooled out across Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The peaceful protest against the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, signed 50 years earlier, grew into a monumental gesture of expression of moral strength by the occupied Baltic nations.

The Baltic Way

Arūnas Matelis, Audrius Stonys
Lithuania / 1990 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Pression
Šimunić uses double exposure to combine footage of people and scenes from 1970s Belgrade with garish images from television shows containing elements of pornography to create an illusory film. He joins scenes from everyday life with his penchant for erotica. This debut film, which took five years to make, uses visual games to explore the limits of the human perception.

Pression

Ljubomir Šimunić
Yugoslavia / 1975 / 15 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Ministerstvo kultury
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Evropská unie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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