24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Masterclass Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák: Caught in the Net
original title: Masterclass Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák: V síti – vystřižené scény
country: Czech Republic
running time: 100 min.
synopsisVít 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.
biographyBarbora Chalupová (1993) is a student at the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. For Czech Television, she directed two episodes of Czech Journal: A Theory of Equality (2017) Realities (2019). Vít Klusák (1980) graduated from the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU where he currently works as a teacher. In his films, he systematically returns to the frictional surfaces between creation and society. Film credits: All for the Good of the World and Nosovice 2010), The White World According to Daliborek (2017).
other films in the section
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
Russian filmmaker Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s latest feature documentary The Road Movie paints a portrait of Russia from a unique and unlikely perspective. Composed exclusively of found footage from dashboard cameras filmed by Russians while on the road, the film alternates between being meditative and downright terrifying. Dmitrii Kalashnikov will discuss his process of weaving together these materials to create a greater picture in this extended Q&A session that will be preceded by the screening of The Road Movie.
Dmitrii Kalashnikov: Behind The Road Movie
French producer Pierre-Olivier Bardet (1953) is a co-founder of the Idéale Audience production company. Films that he has co-produced include Frederick Wiseman’s La Danse (2009) and National Gallery (2014), as well as Alexander Sokourov’s Francofonia (2015) or Wang Bing’s Mrs. Fang (2017), this year’s winner of the Golden Leopard in Locarno. The title of Bardet’s lecture is a question formulated by G. W. Leibniz in the late 17th century, which Bardet believes perfectly captures every producer’s starting dilemma. In his lecture, which he will open with a practical example – a description of his own activities while producing the Israeli-French film Hotline (Silvina Landsmann, 2015) – Bardet will ask what the point of “producing” is and what it actually means.
Pierre-Olivier Bardet: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing ?
Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thór Fridrikssonis best known for his fiction film Children of Nature (1991), which earned him an Oscar nomination. In the 1980s, he founded his home country’s most important production company, The Icelandic Film Corporation, which closely collaborates with Denmark’s Zentropa. At his directing master class, he will present his latest documentary film Horizon – a portrait of Icelandic landscape painter Georg Guðni, in which Fridriksson explores the relationship between the artist, his work, reality, and the viewer.
Masterclass: Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Czech Republic / 2016 / 85 min.
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.
Slovak filmmaker Martin Kollár graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and focuses primarily on photography and cinematography. He has worked on, among others, the documentaries 66 Seasons, Velvet Terrorists, and the festival success Goat. He has exhibited his work in Paris, China, Thessaloniki, and other cities. At this director’s masterclass, he presents his feature-length directorial debut 5 October (2016), the protagonist of which is his own brother. Prior to undergoing a difficult, dangerous operation, they set off together on a several months’ long cycling tour.
Masterclass: Martin Kollár
Czech Republic / 2016 / 45 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.
Twelve-year-old Samuel lives on Lampedusa, which has become the destination of thousands of Africans trying to reach Europe. Although the island’s inhabitants are exposed to the raw reality of the humanitarian crisis on a daily basis, the two worlds only rarely come into contact. The film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlinale.
Fire at Sea
Italy, France / 2015 / 108 min.
This documentary comedy proves that even environmental activism can be carried out with insight and humor. A duo of seasoned agitators infiltrate conferences and, using hoaxes, fake press releases and various declarations, draw attention to themselves so that they can point out the callousness and arrogance of large corporations and government organizations.“All of these actions could’ve been YouTube videos and that’s the end of it, but we wanted to tell a more complex story about what it also means to be an activist over time.” (Andy Bichlbaum)
The Yes Men Are Revolting
Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Laura Nix
Netherlands, Denmark, France, Germany, United States / 2014 / 91 min.
Professor Karel Vachek (1940), the doyen of Czech documentary film and the last active member of the New Wave, is filming his latest cinematic novel, which has the working title Communism. In his film, he argues that revolutions are always followed by the restoration of the old order, and that power and wealth continue to be held by just a select few. Vachek guides the viewer through a collage of his personal memories, framed by scenes from his films, costume designs and news archives. During his lecture, he will show a roughly one-hour excerpt of recently edited scenes and will engage in audience discussion. And perhaps he will reveal whether he has managed to convince actress Jiřina Bohdalová to participate in his project.
Masterclass Karel Vachek: How Vachek films Communism
Czech Republic / 2017 / 30 min.
Chantal Akerman dedicated this film to her mother, who after her liberation from Auschwitz shut herself up in her home. Akerman accentuates her hyperrealist style through the use of digital technology (cheap DV camera, smartphone), thus capturing not only the closeness of home but also the distance between her mother’s life and modern nomadic existence.
No Home Movie
Belgium / 2015 / 112 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.