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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Night of the Hunter

Night of the Hunter

director: Jiří Žák
original title: Lovcova noc
country: Czech Republic
year: 2016
running time: 24 min.

synopsis

A video essay examining the consumption of information in the virtual environment and its influence on ethics and engagement. The subject wanders through an abandoned office building. Using reality broken down into pixels and the manifestation of text, he highlights the detachment, blindness, and alienation of man moving through social networks.

biography

In his videos, Jiří Žák (1989) uses the confrontation of text and image with reflections on social ideas and policies. He is a graduate of the intermedia arts program at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under Tomáš Vaňek.

more about film

director: Jiří Žák
producer: Jiří Žák
script: Jiří Žák
photography: Jiří Žák
editing: Jiří Žák
sound: Jiří Žák

other films in the section

Apart
In her short, emotional film about life after the loss of a loved one, the author enthrallingly deals with a difficult topic, using techniques of both feature and animated film. Real experiences of the narrators, accompanied by an animated reconstruction of the painful situation, create a mournful insight into the thoughts of three young people untimely exposed to death.

Apart

Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Czech Republic / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Buffer Zone Blues
The almost hallucinogenic whirlwind of virtual views of potential targets of a nuclear attack in a “buffer zone” shows the viewer an unpleasant proximity of total destruction, which threatened Czechoslovakia in the 1950s. The visuality of the film, reminiscent of direction finding, was created using the data from Google Maps.

Buffer Zone Blues

Franz Milec
Czech Republic / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
European Premiere
The conglomerate eternity
An archaeologically significant site diffuses its memory through levels of the myths, rituals, and folk tales in an essayist discourse on the forms of historical continuity. Absence of contact sound and minimalist music emphasizing the visual motifs of both alive and inanimate tracks in the landscape.

The conglomerate eternity

Petr Pololáník
Czech Republic / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Traffic
A bustling scene somewhere between documentary, abstraction, and animation, based on a static view of the intersection of Adam Mickiewicz and Józef Piłsudski Streets in Warsaw, is transformed into an audiovisual jumble of noises, shapes, colors, and movement, among which we see pedestrians, cars, and public transport vehicles.

Traffic

Zbyšek Semelka
Poland, Czech Republic / 2017 / 52 sec.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Moss Ball
In a world where wildlife loses its place, there is a need to replace it. The allusion to a trailer advertising the soft green moss ball breaks down the distance between the sterile human habitat and the sea plant popularized as an organic element of any home.

Moss Ball

Anežka Horová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Loathing...
A personal essay inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano (1952). Using machins learning on the level of deep reading, the film processes visual and audio records, distorting them, rearranging them, and subsequently submitting them to an algorithm created in part by artificial intelligence that reconstructs the sequences and arranges them in chronological order.

Loathing...

Franz Milec
Germany, Czech Republic / 2017 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Can
This experimental film collage makes use of documentary, fiction and animated film techniques. The fading traces of childhood are mixed with the folk culture of the Haná region, all of it shot on 16mm film. The filmmaker thus preserves her chosen motifs, which are slowly but irrevocably disappearing from the present day.

Can

Lucie Navrátilová
Czech Republic / 2017 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Dialogue
A dialogue between audio and video reinterprets a scene from the movie The Stranger (1967, dir. Luchino Visconti), in which the condemned debates with a priest about the absurdity of life, death, and the non-existence of God. The debate is abstracted by the skewed image as seen through cut glass and the meanings of their words take on a certain timelessness.

Dialogue

Kryštof Strejc
Czech Republic / 2015 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
noimage
Civilization at the Crossroads: The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Future of Socialism in Educational Films of the Sixties The screening is a precursor to the exhibition The Self-Awareness of Science: The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Limits of Emancipation, which will open in December 2018 at Prague’s Display and FUTURA galleries. The exhibition will look at the activities in the 1960s of an interdisciplinary research team led by philosopher Radovan Richta that was expected to present a vision for “the new Czechoslovak model of socialism.” The advent of cybernetics and automatization was expected to help create a more humane socialist society in which people would be liberated from manual labor and from preexisting ideological authorities and predefined roles. The exhibition, which is being prepared by a team of historians, curators, and artists, tries to find the fine line between the liberating potential of science and technology and their use for maintaining and cementing technocratic power or authoritarian regimes. Its aim is to reconstruct the interdisciplinary dialogue of the 1960s, which has recently taken on new meaning, in particular in relation to the subjects of automatization, a society without work, or climate change.   The screening is part of the project “Shape the Future! The Concept of the Science-Technical Revolution,” organized as part of the program “Strategies AV21: Europe and the State: Between Barbarism and Civilization” (Czech Academy of Sciences, 2018)  

The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Future of Socialism in Educational Films of the Sixties

120 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Today
A portrait of sunlight, created on 35mm film negative using a camera obscura built by the filmmaker. The camera records a plant from morning to evening at several-minute intervals. The sequence of images compiled from these photographs create a cinematic sundial.

Today

Simona Donovalova
Slovakia / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Powerless Source of All Power
This journey in a static shot from Lubomír Lipský's Cirkus je cirkus (Circus Is Circus) explores the relationship between memory and visual history. A fragment from the visual database of the collective memory is accompanied by excerpts from an essay by Karel Kosík on the inability of Czechs to affect real politics through democratic elections.
personal program

Powerless Source of All Power

Zbyněk Baladrán
Czech Republic, Greece / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Insection
The slow movement of various species of insect in an abstract, brightly lit setting creates suggestive allusions to incontrollable chaos, apathy, and the decay of social structures. The minimalist visual imagery is accompanied by ambient music that works with realistic sound and static. 

Insection

Michal Kindernay
Czech Republic / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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