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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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KVN
KVN
KVN

KVN

director: Arkadii Faustov
original title: KVN
country: USSR
year: 1965
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

A documentary collage consisting of images of fields and housing estates, young people having fun, or a university setting and staged scenes filled with humour and hyperbole, accompanied by a voiceover recalling propagandistic socio-critical documentaries. Though banned in the Soviet Union, the film screened at several foreign festivals.

biography

Arcadii Faustov (1936–2009) never formally studied filmmaking, but worked as a director, cinematographer and screenwriter. A graduate of the Power Engineering Institute, from 1965 he led the Film Studio at the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, where he taught aspiring filmmakers. 

more about film

director: Arkadii Faustov

other films in the section

Get Ready for an Entrance
A socio-critical reflection based on memories from the end of the war and post-war reconstruction. A meditative commentary on the state and future of the world is accompanied by memories of witnesses of various professions and a collage of archival materials from the theatre, workers’ meetings and celebrations, and scenes from factories, theatres, and childcare institutions.
personal program

Get Ready for an Entrance

Ihor Minaev
USSR / 1975 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
My Riga
At the time this personal take on the Latvian capital and its residents was made, it radically exceeded the ideological rhetoric of contemporary works. It presented one of the first expressions of the poetic documentary film movement, which rebelled against the regime with its stylistic experiments.

My Riga

Aloizs Brenčs
Latvia / 1960 / 22 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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
Vird
Vird is a film based on the idea of “manual cutting on set” using only lights to make cuts in the video. The only post-production was the composition of a soundscape fitting to the movements and cutting the frame down to smaller frames that would play a fraction of a second later or sooner than the next small frame. Vird is the result of wanting to break up movement in time, effected by surrealism and the “bad” girls in Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, and using the new way of editing.

Vird

Katrín Helena Jónsdóttir
Iceland / 2015 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Vowels
This structuralist film translates Rimbaud’s famous sonnet onto the film screen, thus placing it within the context of cinema. Where Rimbaud associated vowels with colours, the film represents them using different forms of video manipulation or camerawork – for instance, the letter “I” is represented by a jump cut.

Vowels

Nikola Đurić
Yugoslavia / 1973 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech 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 Wheel
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.
personal program

The Wheel

Mykhailo lIenko
USSR / 1972 / 18 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Clapper
Clapper is a heavily edited short film combining footage of political protests from pre- and post-WWII. It is considered one of the first “found footage” films made in Poland. The film incorporates Janis Joplin’s track “Summertime” as a soundtrack to the chaotic scenes.

Clapper

Wojciech Bruszewski
Poland / 1971 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Going Towards the Spring
A possessed talking spring, a clueless blind man, and wandering humanity, three Fates, and a grand pagan ritual: a dark, poetic, visually bewitching Estonian ballad that can be perceived as a celebration of the archaic world, ecological morality, and as a political allegory on a ritual cleansing for the extinction of an advanced society.

Going Towards the Spring

Peeter Tooming
Estonia / 1979 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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
The Space Transmission
The Space Transmission is Bruszewski’s film which explores the concept of space and spatial perception in film. This concept was explored on a special live TV show with Bruszewski riding a bike around a Polish Television studio as he is tracked by several cameras.

The Space Transmission

Wojciech Bruszewski
Poland / 1974 / 7 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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