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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

There Is Something Behind The Sound
This sound-generated animation gives the audible world an impressive visual form of moving geometric shapes or a starry sky. The Max For Live and Touch Designer visual programming languages turn an original soundtrack into space galaxies where the technical and the human, the earthly and the spiritual, and machines and poetry meet.
personal program

There Is Something Behind The Sound

Julie Lupačová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 9 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
Operation Urban Warrior
Anthony Bird is a war veteran who was the sole survivor of a military operation in his unit. His memories are as surreal as the animation which simulates the course of the incident in the form of a computer game. Everything looks flat but we must trust our own sensees which tell us that in reality, the world isn't flat.
personal program

Operation Urban Warrior

Dávid Lipkovič
Czech Republic / 2019 / 5 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
Feeling My Own Body
Personal reflections by a woman with a distorted image of herself. The twin voiceover presents the stream of negative as well as comforting thoughts that run through the head of a women suffering from bulimia. The film thus reveals the changing nature and uncertainty of personal experience, while also exploring parts of the naked figure to share her beautiful yet despised body.

Feeling My Own Body

Šárka Holečková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Prologue Of Signum Supra
Signum Supra presents art as a shamanic ritual, as an aestheticized tool materializing principles that cannot be grasped by consciousness. Gripping structures that resemble rocks and landscape contours float in indeterminate space, serving as a springboard for contemplating the patterns of perception beyond the visible and the tangible.

Prologue Of Signum Supra

Kryštof Brůha
Czech Republic / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Canis Lupus
Canis lupus, or the grey wolf, may be altered into the family dog by adding the attribute familiaris to its generic name. This experimental film brings out parallels between the aggressive nature of the wild beast and humans with the author eliminating soundtrack, building up his reflections using 3D animations combined with a written monologue told by invisible narrator.
personal program

Canis Lupus

Artur Magrot
Czech Republic / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
De Potentia Dei
Potentia dei is a notion difficult to translate, but possible to explain. The same goes for a film essay by Ondřej Vavrečka, with signs and information, their interpretation and secrets as its main theme. The collage-like film uses sharp audiovisual contrasts to make people think.

De Potentia Dei

Ondřej Vavrečka
Czech Republic / 2016 / 66 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Abstract Horror
The philosophical dystopia presents warning outlines of the near future where modern technology will not be a sign of progress, but rather decline. Behind the layer of film images, there is a monster created by computer animation, whose abstract virtual body represents the invisible ideological administration.
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Abstract Horror

Franz Milec
Czech Republic / 2019 / 19 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
This Kind of Spring Has Never Been Yet
This personal essay relates the perception of space to the mental universe of screenwriter and director Pavel Juráček who found his “truly ideal place” in the town of Příbram. The sensitive combination of journal entries, intimate notes, and film fragments tries to break down conventional storytelling techniques to build an original world of timeless thinking.

This Kind of Spring Has Never Been Yet

Tereza Kozáková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 21 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
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
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