25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Masterclass: Hubert Sauper
director: Hubert Sauper
original title: Masterclass: Hubert Sauper
running time: 90 min.
A filmmaker and globetrotter of Austrian origin, Hubert Sauper has been involved in film since the late 1980s. His documentary films have won dozens of prestigious awards all around the world, and he was even nominated for an Oscar for his 2004 film, Darwin's Nightmare.
Throughout his films, which often have strong socio-political overtones, he tackles issues of globalization and its impact, (neo)colonialism, propaganda, power demagoguery and its influence on the common man. At first glance, Sauper's imagery captures a great deal of empathy and the documentarist’s own interest in his protagonists, all with a poetic visual style and a well thought out, internal montage.
In his masterclass, he will focus mainly on his latest film Epicentro – which you can view as part of this year's festival programme – and his observative documentary method that he has remained faithful too for many years.
The masterclass is organised in cooperation with Creative Europe Desk CZ- MEDIA.
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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 ?
A European in a suit and tie comes to Africa, allegedly to open a match factory. In actuality, however, he is planning to illegally mine for gemstones. In even more actual actuality, he is journalist Mads Brügger, who is filming a documentary about the world of diplomacy, in which two approaches meet – “advanced” and “primitive” cultures, which have one thing in common: money. The film shows that the world of politics is not about the representation of national identity, but that it can be an ideal place for a rogue, represented by the strong euro.
Denmark / 2011 / 93 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.
The group of artists Flatform was founded in 2006 and is active in Milan and Berlin. The collective creates inventive experimental films and multi-channel video installations investigating illusory depiction or narration. Their works have been presented at prestigious festivals including the Venice and Rotterdam Film Festivals, and have been exhibited at important galleries. Their last film Quantum.(2015) will be screened as part of this year’s Fascination section. The masterclass will focus on their specific notion of poetical and technical world besides analysis of their work.
Masterclass Flatform: The response ‚for no reason‘ is a genuine answer
Czech Republic / 2015 / 120 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.
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.
The film Pipeline concerns modern-day Europe. Its two sides or rather extremities. It is about Europe that stretches from the deserted expanses of the eternal winter in Russian Siberia to the enjoyable beaches of the Bay of Biscay. The laws of nature dictate radically diff erent modes of life. What could be in common between so drastically dissimilar life styles? Physically they are joined by the gas pipe between Western Siberia and Western Europe. The Pipe has not merely joined but has firmly bound THIS Russia with THIS Europe.nd all that there is the desire for love.
Vitaly Mansky: The Pipeline
Russia, Germany, Czech Republic / 2013 / 116 min.
This Russian filmmaker’s feature documentary Putin’s Witnesses (2018) is a portrait of Russia from a unique and unlikely perspective. It is composed exclusively of archival footage shot by director Vitaly Mansky (1963) at the very beginning of Putin’s presidential era. The director will discuss his process of weaving together these materials to create a greater picture in this extended case study of the film.
Vitaly Mansky: Portrait of Russia
An engaging appreciation of the work and personal life of British director and proponent of kitchen sink realism Ken Loach. This BBC documentary on the director’s life work and the ideological roots of his social dramas and stories of ordinary people in the English suburbs is interwoven with scenes from his films.
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
United Kingdom / 2016 / 96 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
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
An old, withered female body shown in Waltz is an expression of the grotesque, afterwards represented by the séance of the dancing bodies of young men and old women. By opposing the dance of life and death, the transition implicates the personification of Eros and Thanatos. Confronting the images polarizing the body and meat, the entrance and the exit, the film provokes an impression of the transience of life. The emphasis given on the aspects of sexuality, masculinity and eroticism narrated through the dance of generations is an externalization of the nostalgic relationship between melancholy and escapism. Detail:“Let’s go in two rows! Today we’re going to learn a dance in three four time and this is the most beautiful dance – the waltz ! Viennese waltz! Strauss waltz!”
The Waltz (My First Dance)
Yugoslavia / 1970 / 28 min.