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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio

Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio

director: Godfrey Reggio
original title: Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio
country: Czech Republic
year: 2014
running time: 105 min.

synopsis

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.

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director: Godfrey Reggio
cast: Godfrey Reggio

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Horizon
This portrait of the influential Icelandic landscape painter Georg Gudni (1961–2011) presents his artistic development, sources of inspiration, and thoughts about painting. It also introduces questions about the relationships between the artist, the work, reality, and the viewer. Paintings are interwoven with images of the landscape and archival shots, in which Guðni explains his philosophy of creativity, interspersed with interviews with art historians and Guðni’s former colleagues."Georg Gudni’s main goal was capturing the Icelandic nature. Horizon is a personal discovery of the mindset of contemporary landscape painter, whom we knew personally. For us too – this is a very personal journey."

Horizon

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Bergur Bernburg
Iceland, Denmark / 2015 / 80 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
Long Live the Antipodes!
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!

Viktor Kossakovsky
Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Chile / 2011 / 104 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass Karel Vachek: How Vachek films Communism
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

Karel Vachek
Czech Republic / 2017 / 30 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Kidlat Tahimik
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

Kidlat Tahimik
Czech Republic / 2014 / 95 min.
section: Masterclass
Game
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

Game

Jure Pervanje, Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1965 / 6 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
5 October
In a series of poetically arranged scenes, this silent road movie depicts a man driven by time into an inner landscape of timelessness. The protagonist, the director’s brother, has decided to deal with the days remaining until a dangerous operation in a unique way – by setting out on a journey “to nowhere.” A minimalist ambient poem full of subtle visual humor, the film premiered at the 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival."The film is a detailed examination of fear and of attempts to come to peace with one’s inner self. The landscapes slowly build up an emotional state. This type of storytelling is an homage to film as a medium talking through pictures."

5 October

Martin Kollár
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass Ada Solomon: Documentary in Fiction Film
Romanian producer Ada Solomon (1968), general manager of Hi Film Productions, works with directors such as Radu Jude and Calin Peter Netzer. She takes part in international co-productions, such as the film Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016). She’s a winner of the European Co-Production Award. Her lecture is a discussion with her husband and collaborator, documentary filmmaker Alexandru Solomon, author of the films Kapitalism: Our Secret Recipe (2010) and Tarzan’s Testicles (2017). It will address the benefits and pitfalls arising from the use of a documentary approach when creating fiction films. How does this approach influence the organization of the shoot and the film’s structure? And what are its costs reflected in the budget?

Masterclass Ada Solomon: Documentary in Fiction Film

Alexandru Solomon, Ada Solomon
Czech Republic / 2017 / 106 min.
section: Masterclass
MASTERCLASS: Jaime Rosales
Spanish director, screenwriter and a producer, Jaime Rosales, is one of the filmmakers involved in our Complete Letters project and a guest who will present his Master Class to the Jihlava IDFF’s audience. He will also bring his award-winning film, Bullet in the Head, based on real events, during which two French policemen in plain clothes were mercilessly shot by the members of the separatist organization ETA. The thriller’s plot unfolds on an entirely unique stylistic backdrop.  Jaime Rosales studied in Havana and Sydney. His work is influenced by the simple and minimalist cinematography of filmmakers such as Yasujiro Ozu or Robert Bresson. Rosales’s entire work, winning awards, for example, in Cannes, is characterised with a precise sound editing combined with the purity of the form and an intensive emotional impact. 

MASTERCLASS: Jaime Rosales

90 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass Claire Atherton: Editing. A Composition
We can see reflected in the work of French editor Claire Atherton, who worked closely with Chantal Akerman, the belief that, in addition to image and sound, time is a narrative element and an essential aspect of film media. According to her, editing gives a film its shape - making it visible, embodying it - through an intuitive thought process. In this masterclass, she shares her rich experiences with viewers, presents her own concept of editing, and answers the basic questions: What role does editing play in the creation of films? How does editing unite the material and the director’s vision?

Masterclass Claire Atherton: Editing. A Composition

Claire Atherton
Czech Republic / 2016 / 140 min.
section: Masterclass
Lecture: Craig Baldwin’s Orphan Morphin'
There is no “center” to the art of filmmaking, and–for better or worse–no “avant-garde” either. The engaged cineaste of our post-industrial times not only LOOKS at, but also–often at the same time–PRODUCES all sorts of para-cinematic work on the margins… that’s why we call our San Francisco-based project “Other Cinema”. Among the many practices of this cinema povera is the re-purposing of older found film artifacts. Discarded by institutions switching to digital, and generally available for free or very cheaply, these motion pictures are called “Orphans” because they have no sponsors or archival shepherds. Craig Baldwin’s 80-min. lecture-demo at the Jihlava Fest will trace the history of this reclamation, of this “surfing the wave of obsolescence” towards a perverse revenge against the Society of the Spectacle.

Lecture: Craig Baldwin’s Orphan Morphin'

Craig Baldwin
120 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Sergey Dvortsevoy
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.
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Masterclass: Sergey Dvortsevoy

90 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Martin Kollár
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

Martin Kollár
Czech Republic / 2016 / 45 min.
section: Masterclass
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