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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Romanian director Radu Jude (1977) is one of the most notable filmmakers of our time. During his master class, the winner of the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlinale will introduce you to his remarkable work in archives, where he carried out thorough investigations that have become the basis for his film works. Today, this approach is nothing unusual, but Jude has perfected it masterfully. His brilliant work with archives can be seen twice at this year’s festival: in the movie The Dead Nation and the short film The Marshal's Two Executions.
Radu Jude: Archive Mysteries
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
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
Jure Pervanje, Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1965 / 6 min.
Helmut Berger, a star in the European acting world, gave brilliant performances in the films made by the Italian director Luchino Visconti. This documentary portrait takes a look at the life of this elderly eccentric man, who lives in a flat overflowing with trinkets from the past. The director used interviews to try and discover who Helmut is – and thanks to him, Helmut could act again.„This film is also about the impossibility of really getting to know somebody, the question of what methods you can use to move towards an individualʼs core. Iʼm not sure that interviews are the best method.“ A. Horvath
Helmut Berger, Actor
Austria / 2015 / 90 min.
Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson writes music for documentary and fiction films and also works with well-known local bands such as MÖK and Sigur Rós. In 1991, he won a European Film Award for his music for Friðrik Þór Friðriksson’s Children of Nature, with whom he has collaborated on many other movies. At his master class, he will explain the differences between making music for documentary versus fiction films, and will reflect upon the authenticity of period instruments in historical documentaries.
Masterclass Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson: Music in the documentary film
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
Czech Republic / 2016 / 112 min.
Videos from Russian roads have become an internet phenomenon. Dash cams record their surroundings without any embellishment. Out of fifty such videos, Dima Kalashnikov has made something much more than just another YouTube compilation. Thanks to music and sophisticated editing, he successfully created a multi-layered portrait of contemporary Russia. “There is as much humor as tragedy witnessed here. The film really depicts the essence of Russian life and the Russian attitude to life. It is a very Russian film.” D. Kalashnikov
The Road Movie
Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia / 2016 / 67 min.
Vít Klusák and Barbora Chalupová shot an unprecedented documentary never before seen in a Czech context. The creators focused on child abuse on the internet and sexual predators seeking their prey deep within the bowels of social networks. The aim of the psycho-social experiment was to hunt down and catch these predators and find out their motives. In the masterclass, the filmmakers will guide us through the material that didn't make it into the final cut of the film, but that still remains an important topic for discussion. We will talk about the cut, dramaturgy, and grasping the substance of the film so that the resulting documentary is coherent in all respects and meets high ethical demands.
Masterclass Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák: Caught in the Net
Czech Republic / 100 min.
In the films of award-winning Austrian director Andreas Horvath (1968), interesting characters seem to dominate the screen. His latest film Helmut Berger, Actor is no exception. It is an unconventional and controversial portrait of the actor Helmut Berger and his tumultuous relationship to the director. The film itself is an insightful commentary on the documentary medium, revealing the power dynamic and struggle sometimes present between filmmaker and subject. Andreas Horvath will present an extended Q&A session that will be preceded by the screening of the film Helmut Berger, Actor.
Andreas Horvath: Spending Time With Helmut Berger, Actor
Sean McAllister (1965) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker celebrated as one of the UK’s most exciting talents. Sean will be describing his unique approach to documentary direction and camerawork. We will learn about what it is like to shoot a film in his home country and home town after spending many years on topics and protagonists in other parts of the world and he will tell us about his new film.
Sean McAllister: Coming Back Home
United Kingdom / 120 min.
This documentary film is dedicated to the memory of the Italian stage actor and director, Luca Ronconi (1933–2015), and presents his charismatic and inspirational personality in detail. It records one of Ronconi’s summer schools of experimental drama, the fascinating process of rehearsing stage plays, and the passing on of experience to a group of ambitious young actors.“I chose to approach Ronconi with discretion and simplicity, without adulation, and we silently entered the life of the school, becoming part of it, and discovering, along with the students, the value of study, concentration, putting ourselves on the line, and not settling for our own vocabulary and our own habits, which can become a cage.”
The Summer School
Italy / 2014 / 87 min.
East European Premiere
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
The activist duo launch headfirst into a Don Quixotesque mission to change the world. For Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Mike Bonanno, the proverbial windmills are large corporations that ruthlessly focus on their own profit, and do not take responsibility for the results of their actions. The duo target these using sophisticated public campaigns. “So that’s where I think we’re interested in going, is trying to see how we can broaden our risk taking and help a lot of people take the sort of risks that are necessary to create change.” (Mike Bonnano)
The Yes Men Fix the World
Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum
France, United Kingdom, United States / 2009 / 87 min.