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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

A Doc. Film
A film recording of a performance by OHO involving the residents of Ljubljana in which the act of winking an eye is compared to the functioning of objects such as traffic lights or headlamps. The resulting film creates the impression that the Slovenian capital is a living being that interacts with people and responds to a winking person by winking back through seemingly lifeless objects.

A Doc. Film

OHO, Naško Križnar
Yugoslavia / 1968 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Information about People and Hands
Information on Hands and Humans is an experimental black and white short film with a table of hands exploring their environment and interacting with the other pair of hands around the table.

Information about People and Hands

Ľubomír Ďurček
Slovakia / 1982 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Man Looking for a Rainbow
Besides possessing environmental appeal, this poetic depiction of the exploration of the Podillya cave system in the Termopil region holds a privileged position among the films from the Studio of Popular Science Films for its captivating storytelling, rhythmic assembly and distinctive visuals.
personal program

Man Looking for a Rainbow

Volodymyr Khmelytskyi
USSR / 1966 / 16 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
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
The Hands
In a short miniature, the author concentrates on her own hands as the most natural creative instrument. Zoomed shots on 8 mm film material capture the filmmaker’s hands in the process of creation. Her hands are portrayed not only as the agent of her art expression, but they themselves become an object of art. 

The Hands

Geta Brătescu
Romania / 1977 / 7 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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.
personal program

Untitled

Mykola Peretiatko
USSR / 1990 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus
An observational film that won the grand prize at the Oberhausen film festival; considered to be a manifesto of the post-Soviet generation of documentary filmmakers using the observation method. The film, without commentary, uses its immersive visual poetics to draw the viewer into the lives of ordinary people in the historical areas of Vilnius.

Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus

Arūnas Matelis
Lithuania / 1990 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Termites
An accidental spill of developer on the negative film resulted in moving splotches whose motion, accompanied by rhythmic banging on a radiator, resembles a swarm of insects. Although Šamec intended his film as a parody of avant-garde movies, it was named best experimental film at the Genre Experimental Film Festival in Zagreb.

Termites

Milan Šamec
Yugoslavia / 1963 / 2 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Twist Twist
Twist-Twist is constructed from static shots of the reflection of ships’ masts dancing on a surface of the sea to a musical rhythm. A black-and-white film with strong visuals and contrasts, it is unlike any of his other films: a simple, playful arabesque that was shot, developed and edited in a single day, without any other story or subject underlying it. Although it is often compared to his final cineclub film, Fluorescences (1967), as it makes a somewhat similar impression on the viewer, the two films are quite different. While Twist-Twist possesses the fresh approach of an emerging filmmaker, Fluorescences reveals the sum of his artistic and personal evolution in terms of both technique and subject matter.

Twist Twist

Ante Verzotti
Yugoslavia / 1962 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
19th Nervous Breakdown
A short film named after a Rolling Stones’ song shows improvised performances, during which the members of the Slovenian art collective OHO make drawings on a concrete wall erected in the middle of a field, spontaneously running, dancing and finally putting on a cardboard box with only their legs sticking out. The film promotes OHO’s artistic and philosophical approach to the so-called reism, i.e. a philosophy in which objects are viewed as equal to human beings and not only recognised for their utilitarian value.

19th Nervous Breakdown

Naško Križnar
Slovenia / 1966 / 5 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Time
The gap between the human microcosm and the macro view of universal time is depicted in an associative montage using rhythm and tempo as a significant element. Against a backdrop of ebbing and flowing in nature, a human anthill frantically teems, pulsing with the cycles of waking and sleeping, birth and death, sunrise and sunset.

Time

Mark Soosaar
Estonia / 1983 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Acoustic Toothbrush
A performance by visual artist Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir, during which the author renders classical music compositions using a toothbrush and brushing her teeth. You will hear pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner as well as the notorious Happy Birthday melody.

Acoustic Toothbrush

Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir
Iceland / 2015 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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