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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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An Aviation Field

An Aviation Field

director: Joana Pimenta
original title: Um Campo de Aviação
country: Portugal, United States, Brazil
year: 2016
running time: 14 min.

synopsis

Observing a volcanic crater opens up a narrative filled with allusions and intimations that create an imaginary city along the lines of the metropolis of Brasilia inside the Cape Verdean volcano Pico de Fogo. A projection of an urban plan creates a world of possible stories, while shots of the urban model take us on a walk along the geometry of the city where even the cloud cover has been calculated. Portuguese filmmaker Joana Pimenta (1986) lives and works in the USA and Brazil. Her films and video installations work with techniques from visual anthropology. Previously at Jihlava, she showed her film debut The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees (2014), in which she used invented memories to construct a dream correspondence between the Madeira islands and the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique.

“There I found myself, time traveler, space archaeolo gist, trying to rebuild exoticism out of wrecks and remainders.”

biography

Observing a volcanic crater opens up a narrative filled with allusions and intimations that create an imaginary city along the lines of the metropolis of Brasilia inside the Cape Verdean volcano Pico de Fogo. A projection of an urban plan creates a world of possible stories, while shots of the urban model take us on a walk along the geometry of the city where even the cloud cover has been calculated. Portuguese filmmaker Joana Pimenta (1986) lives and works in the USA and Brazil. Her films and video installations work with techniques from visual anthropology. Previously at Jihlava, she showed her film debut The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees (2014), in which she used invented memories to construct a dream correspondence between the Madeira islands and the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique.

more about film

director: Joana Pimenta
producer: Joao Matos, Cozette Russell, Andreia Queiroz
script: Joana Pimenta
photography: Joana Pimenta
editing: Joana Pimenta
sound: Joana Pimenta

other films in the section

Les Moutiers
Using the typical method of breaking the image down into digital elementary particles and their subsequently rearrangement, the filmmaker erases and recreates trees in the village of Les Moutiers in western France. The originally lush green and glowing yellow colours are transformed and set in motion until the viewer is unsure as to when the image is real and when it is a parasite that has attacked the digital imprint. The crowns of the trees are illuminated by the radiance of a cloudless sky. The leaves reflect the light, but after just a few seconds the image freezes and dissolves into a mesh of colour fields hinting at the falling leaves in the early autumn.

Les Moutiers

Jacques Perconte
France / 2012 / 18 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Tangled
Stitched-together photographs become a drama in which memories are tangled, pierced by holes, and deformed in order to hide the seams of a story of falling in love, being in love, and the end of love, and to inspire further stories in which a family picture reflects norms of behaviour and stereotypes associated with the experience of love. “Relationships with loved ones are always complicated tangled threads. Fragile and solid, addictive and lonely, forming beautiful patterns and painful collisions. The film is an attempt to transmit that vortex into an apprehensible form.” P.-R. Jaik

Tangled

Pille-Riin Jaik
Austria / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
SOU
The texture of minerals meticulously stacked one on top of the other emphasizes solidity but also the changes wrought by time. Some of the patterns are absorbed by others; undestructiveness is lost in transparency. The animation of the earth’s non-living surfaces and subsurfaces condenses geological transformation that in real time take millions of year.The gap between stones slowly grows, a rock is transformed as if were an organic body, a fault is quickly covered in another layer, the original colour is absorbed to create new matter.

SOU

Tatsuto Kimura
Japan / 2012 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
below
A surface rhythmised by reappearing image segments of a forest, gets projects during a walk, brought about also by the sound, into a space in which black-and-white and colour footage reveals monochromatic parts. These build up to create an effect of the third dimension, pulling our view into the depth and turning the ingenious schedule of the whole into a cognitive game using 3D representation."Below is not so much about borne suffering or the history of a memorial place. It tells more about the relation of depth-time and space-duration being interwoven in every moment of an image. " B. Spiegel

below

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800
The melancholic atmosphere of wandering a landscape scarred by kitschy disco rainbows and colorful illustrations opens up the possibility of an extra-planetary consciousness sending a message in which references to the laws of thermodynamics and Mayan symbolism encounter critical interpretations of an expected confrontation between humanity and the cosmos.   "‘IT‘ knows." Yin-Ju Chen

Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800

Yin-Ju Chen
Taiwan / 2018 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Shimmer
A collage of fragmented shots of an apartment captured on 16mm film might seem mundane at first glance, but in the urgent density of light, material, and movement, it evokes a special emotional rhythm, which is underscored by David M. Shuh's spherical sound pattern that evaporates from the space but will never be lost.   "The realization of the analog film SHIMMER was driven by my focus on materiality, the play with light and darkness and my passion to observe things that are not noticeable at a first glance." B. Blitz     
personal program

Shimmer

Betty Blitz
Austria / 2019 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
The White Beach
At first calm, even dreamy, the film takes the viewer into the quiet of the seaside and undersea landscape somewhere in Italy. They are soon shaken awake from these blissful images by footage of traces of today's global industrial world, as an increasing part of the sea is polluted by wastewater from factories, destroying the natural beauty. "By chance I discovered this place, which holds an incomprehensible paradox. As if the beauty of the place blinds everyone, no one can see the obvious pollution of it. Or was it just a dream?" S. Mez
personal program

The White Beach

Sebastian Mez
Germany / 2020 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
I Would Leave Everything Here
The patient observation of the four seasons – daytime and nighttime events, manifestations of the natural elements, and the peacefulness of minimalist images – as seen through the window. A dramatic compilation of images into an extraordinary record of the ordinary flow of time. Croatian filmmaker, photographer, and audiovisual artist Ivan Faktor (1953) has been making art since 1975. In 1995, his film At Home was shown at the Venice Biennale, and he also represented his home country at the São Paulo Art Biennial. The Jihlava IDFF previously showed his film Self-Portrait (2006), in which a camera inside the filmmaker’s body records a journey through the human body in the form of abstract images, shadows, and rhythms.“... for here I would leave this earth and these stars, because I would take nothing with me from here, because I’ve lo oked into what‘s coming, and I d on‘t need anything from here.” (László Krasznahorkai)

I Would Leave Everything Here

Ivan Faktor
Croatia / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
utopia 360°
Points of light, volatile images of a computer screen and motherboard, faces hidden behind virtual reality goggles, voices chopped into fragments that bring Cuba's past, colonisation, and revolution to the fore… all these elements help paint a picture of the virtual reality game, Utopia 360. Two young Cuban gamers test out this VR experience where, through a series of flashes and snippets, the spectator becomes the architect who controls the overall course of the game.  
personal program

utopia 360°

Ampudia Violena
Cuba / 2020 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Buffalo Death Mask
The filmmaker’s personal conversation with Canadian author Stephen Andrews about living with HIV is an intimate look at extreme situations and difficult-to-describe states of body and mind. The openness of the conversation reveals the maturity of meditations on sharing, isolation, the relationship to physical changes, and the subtle boundary between life and death. Footage from various sources and periods in the filmmaker’s life is complemented with hand-written titles that emphasize the film’s diary-like nature with a sense for detail, with the sensitive inclusion of self-reflection when describing relationships or counting pills.

Buffalo Death Mask

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2013 / 23 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
We Are Without
An unknown entity wanders through a constructed reality to the brink of nothingness - a town in the fog. The film evokes the shadows of a grainy black-and-white dystopian landscape, from which, however, we can see mere fragments, intertwined with shots of the details of male hands. Ramir’s films are characterized by his unique style, achieved through the use of special lens filters.    “We Are Without is a visual response to life, death and self-deception.” S.J. Ramir  
personal program

We Are Without

SJ. Ramir
Australia, New Zealand / 2020 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Before the Collapse of Mont Blanc
Dedicated to the eponymous Mont Blanc massif, the film is accompanied by the director Jacques Perconte’s burning question of whether we happen to be the very last people who will ever have the chance to see Mont Blanc’s summit. It’s all in response to the earth’s rising temperatures, which is causing glaciers to melt at a rapid pace. Perconte's work is unique in the sense that in revealing the inner strength and pulsation of what is seen on screen, he combines a plasticity that follows on the pictorial tradition inherited from painting and experimental film, with documentary film rooted in a specific space.     "In his works, Percote achieves a synthesis in which he finds a response to dialectical tension between the modern concept of techne and physis. These digits of the algorithm are part of the artistic environment, which is tense but also balanced at the same time." J. Sarmiento Hinojosa  
personal program

Before the Collapse of Mont Blanc

Jacques Perconte
France / 2020 / 16 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
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