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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Kyiv Etude
Kyiv Etude
Kyiv Etude

Kyiv Etude

director: Eduard Tymlin
original title: Kyi'vs'kyj etjud
country: USSR
year: 1966
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

Close-up details of sculptures and architecture in public spaces and shots of people on big city streets, set to music ranging from romantic tunes to jazz. The series of portraits and anthropological sketches shows one day in the life of Kyiv.

biography

Eduard Tymlin (1938) is primarily a cinematographer; in addition to his own work, he is the head of the Cinematography Department of the Film and Television faculty at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts. Czech audiences are familiar with Tymlin’s style thanks to his work on the film The Golem: The Petrified Garden. Roman Balayan cast him in a small role in his film Guard Me, My Talisman (1989).

more about film

director: Eduard Tymlin

other films in the section

Video Manual
The use of the word manual in the film’s title is a reference both to instruction manuals and to idea of doing things by hand. In the film, Martinis holds a camera on a tripod that is aimed at the floor, all the while trying to balance it in his hand. While the camera remains static, the “moving” floor creates a visual effect bordering on vertigo.

Video Manual

Dalibor Martinis
Yugoslavia / 1978 / 1 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Death of Metalosaurus
The filmmaker travelled regularly by streetcar past a fallen electricity pylon that resembled the skeletal remains of a giant animal. The film, which shows the influence of constructivism and industrial music, is also an analogy for the disintegration of Yugoslavia. It was first shown to the general public when it was named best amateur film at the Baden-Baden film festival in 1989.

Death of Metalosaurus

Igor M. Toholj
Yugoslavia / 1989 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Pillar
A static view of the swelling sea surface and a concrete pillar looming in the distance on the horizon. The permanence of the concrete dominant is in stark contrast with the dynamic movement of the water mass.

Pillar

Sigurður Guðjónsson
Iceland / 2013 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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
Game
A sophisticated game of cat and mouse in which the constantly moving camera is the hunter and the young woman wandering the streets of Ljubljana to the sounds of jazz music is the prey. The film spent fifty years hidden under the bed of one of the filmmakers and was first screened at a meeting of Slovenian amateur filmmakers.„All my films have certain message and only important thing for me is and was to catch a spirit of time.“ K. Godina

Game

Jure Pervanje, Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1965 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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
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
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
Myocardial Infarction
An award-winning film at the International Festival of Short Films in Oberhausen in 1968 uses artistic means to document the experience of a heart failure. The film’s rhythm does not work only with the dynamic editing and a disrupted shot composition, but also with sound effects and music illustrating the rapid heart rate of an ill heart. By irony of fate, the debut’s director Wojciech Wiszniewski died of a heart attack aged 34.

Myocardial Infarction

Wojciech Wiszniewski
Poland / 1967 / 7 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
There, There
A visually stunning static view of a colour-tinged landscape reflecting the inner dimensions of dreams, memories and visions. An emphasis on the internal mood is underscored by a minimalist acoustic soundtrack characterised with prolonged poetic tones.

There, There

Dodda Maggý
Iceland / 2013 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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
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