24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Masterclass: Atanas Georgiev
director: Atanas Georgiev
original title: Masterclass: Atanas Georgiev
running time: 90 min.
Masterclass by Atanas Georgiev, producer of Trice Films and editor, Macedonia. Finding a subject and a character is hard enough when vowing to completely immerse yourself in making a non-fiction film. But the responsibility of staying truthful to the story while balancing between morality, ethics and aesthetics is as hard as it gets.
In cooperation with Institute of Documentary Film.
biographyAtanas Georgiev was born in 1977 in Skopje, North Macedonia, in what was then Yugoslavia. He graduated in 2000 from the Academy of Drama Arts in Skopje in film & TV editing, and edited numerous feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos. Now he lives and works as a director and editor in Prague and Skopje.
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Producer Rebecca O’Brien has worked for many years with British director and documentarist Ken Loach. At this producer’s masterclass, O’Brien presents her new biographical film Versus: The Life and Work of Ken Loach. She shares her experiences from her thirty years’ collaboration with Ken Loach. The theme - the fine line between documentary film and fiction, as well as the specificity of creating a film whose subject is your good friend and close collaborator – will play an important role.
Masterclass Rebecca O'Brien: How to Make a Ken Loach Film
Czech Republic / 2016 / 50 min.
The Israeli-born, French-based filmmaker Eyal Sivan will hold a master class dedicated to documentary filmmaking as a means of expressing critical dialogue, political consciousness and history (re)vision in the frame of the Israeli-Palestinian relations. The master class will be preceded by the screening of The Specialist, Portrait of a Modern Criminal – a unique courtroom drama recorded during the trial of Adolf Eichmann, in 1961, in Jerusalem. The film about obedience and responsibility is a portrait of an expert in problems resolving and a modern criminal.
Eyal Sivan: The Specialist, Portrait of a Modern Criminal
France / 1999 / 128 min.
Godfrey Reggio’s task will be to provoke those present to consider the most misunderstood and consequential subject of the last 5,000 years: the Technological Environment. Technology is not something we use; it is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. Though seeing, we are blind to its presence, hidden in plain sight. For those willing to “take a walk on the wild side,” we will explore how we see the world through language, how our languages no longer describe the world in which we live, and how through the lens of outsider cinema we may approach this untellable subject. The focus is speechless narrative, not a story to be told, but rather a story to behold. In a syntax of the eye, the form is cinematic poetry. Godfrey Reggio invites you to join him on this journey to the vivid unknown.
Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio
Czech Republic / 2014 / 105 min.
Cristi Puiu is considered to be a pioneer of the "Romanian New Wave" movement. In 2005, he won the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes for his film, The Death of Mister Lazarescu (2005). The film Aurora (2010) was also screened in Cannes and won the East of the West Award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The drama Sieranevada (2016) was nominated for a Palme d'Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Puiu often uses documentary film techniques in his feature-length films. His masterclass answers the questions of whether he uses them to achieve "truth" and greater authenticity, whether a documentary is more truthful than a feature film, whether there is any truth to film at all, or whether Godard's saying, "every cut is a lie," remains a valid notion.
Masterclass: Cristi Puiu
Romania / 90 min.
A story of contrasts between past and present, life and death, in Shanghai, the biggest city of the People’s Republic of China. The film depicts national commemorations as a way of sanitizing and forgetting the past, the importance of spectacle in the creation of a national consciousness. In criticizing histories and wars built on nationalism and in depicting the growth of capitalism, the symbolic fireworks ironically celebrate the present as a memory of the Second World War, introducing an avant-garde way of experimental historical documentation. Detail: The only human sound is a baby's cry, a Weltschmerz, in the ruins of the old Shanghai South Railway Station on “Bloody Sunday” after the Japanese bombing in August 1937.
Symphony of the Heaven City
Serbia, Montenegro / 2003 / 57 min.
A leading representative of Yugoslavia’s Black Wave, Slovenian cinematographer and director Karpo Godina (1943) began making amateur films in the second half of the 1960s. Their poetic style caught the attention of Želimir Žilnik, and after Žilnik’s Early Works (1969) won a Golden Bear, many other directors began to work with Godina as well, including Lordan Zafranović and Bato Čengić. In his lecture, Godina will focus on his own early works, which are characterised by a fundamental exploration of stylistic tools, meticulous work with space and, in the best tradition of the Yugoslav New Wave, a never-ceasing attempt at capturing the pulse of the era.
Karpo Godina: A Different Approach to Making Documentary Films
Film director, screenwriter and an actor whose films are usually associated with the Third Cinema movement and with the criticism of Neo-colonialism. Kidlat Tahimik is one of the most acclaimed Philippine filmmakers, a laureate of the “Plaridel honorarium for Independent Cinema”, whom many of his colleagues and film critics call the “father of Philippine independent cinema”. In his Master Class, he will present clips from his (Video Essays), and a new part of his Magellan Film. The audience will be guided through the creative process in which the unscripted film is born out of the collaboration with the universe.
Masterclass: Kidlat Tahimik
Czech Republic / 2014 / 95 min.
A session dedicated to recently deceased director Alexander Rastorguev (1971-2018), who was best known for his documentary The Term (2014) about Russia’s anti-Putin opposition. Alexander was recently killed along with other two Russian journalists in the Central African Republic while investigating a Russian private military company with links to the Kremlin, according to top ranked media world agencies.
Susanna Baranzhieva: Tribute to Rastorguev
It is hard to imagine a life more different than the one in the Brazilian Entre Rios and Chinese Shanghai. However, they do have something in common: they are both boarder towns connected through the middle of the earth. This geographical polarisation best represents cultural differences and lifestyle. Director Viktor Kossakovsky compared other countries through this reverse perspective having these images profile as antipodes to the audience.
Long Live the Antipodes!
Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Chile / 2011 / 104 min.
The work of a doctor, nurse, and driver on a 48-hour shift in one of Sofia’s 13 ambulances looks like a quixotic endeavour. The Bulgarian capital has a million and a half inhabitants, but low salaries in healthcare have led to a decline in the number of people who should be saving people’s lives. A case study of emotionally raw moments faced by the emergency medical team and its patients, in which we experience joy, disillusionment, fear, hopeless, and pleasure practically at the same time.
Sofia‘s Last Ambulance
Bulgaria, Germany, Croatia / 2012 / 75 min.
East European Premiere
Sergey Dvortsevoy's films feel as if there are no boundaries between documentary and fiction. His signature style is slow and long handheld shots that determine the overall imagery of all his films, as well as a deep interest in the dignity of marginalized people. He attentively depicts the realities of the social and economic situation of his heroes living in Kazakhstan and Russia. In his masterclass, the director reveals his ways of seeing the world and the principles by which he creates his works.
Masterclass: Sergey Dvortsevoy
Croatian director Lordan Zafranović, a representative of the Yugoslavian Black Wave, graduated from FAMU, where he studied under Elmar Klos. He was living in Prague when he made his documentary The Decline of the Century: Testament L. Z. (1994). His latest work is the documentary cycle Tito – Last Witnesses of the Testament (2012). In 2013, he was a jury member for the Between the Seas section. Zafranović believes that the soul of film exists in each filmmaker’s inimitably original form. This form, made up of time, space and the various key film materials, establishes the basis that brings all of the film elements into harmony. He compares filmmaking with music. In his masterclass, Zafranović will focus on how film works are composed and the origination and acceptance of new film forms.
Masterclass: Lordan Zafranović
Czech Republic / 2015 / 60 min.