24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Masterclass: Martin Kollár
director: Martin Kollár
original title: Masterclass: Martin Kollár
country: Czech Republic
running time: 45 min.
synopsisSlovak 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.
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American experimental filmmaker and documentarian Bill Morrison uses a variety of damaged celluloid strips in his films; most often, however, those damaged by the ravages of time. Using excerpts from his own films, he describes how archival material can be transformed into very different films, whether image-based, documentary, or narrative. He also shows how the meaning of the original source material can be modified by placing the fragments into a new context.
Masterclass Bill Morrison: Consider the Source
Czech Republic / 2016 / 60 min.
Master of the interview, subtle observer and creator of multifaceted documentaries Marcel Ophuls (1927) is the son of director Max Ophuls. The German-born Frenchman with US citizenship shot most of his films on commission for television. His documentaries weave together a variety of personal reminiscences on the wartime events of the 20th century. His work is characterised by a sense for the moment and by the sophisticated combination of materials that engage the viewer both morally and intellectually. Ophuls sees documentary film as a narrowly defined genre; during his lecture he will focus on the question of what should be included in a film and what should be left on the cutting room floor.
Masterclass Marcel Ophuls: Joys and Sorrows of Documentary Filmmaking
Czech Republic / 2017 / 77 min.
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
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.
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
Two of the three authors of the documentary Velvet Terrorists will talk about the creative work, methods and production hardships during the development of their film at a Master Class, including the screening of the film’s previews. Peter Kerekes and Ivan Ostrochovský joined their creative forces on all of the three levels – as directors, authors, as well as producers. Velvet Terrorists follows the story of three men longing to become heroes. During the 80s, they decided to fight the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. Explosions, gunfi re, terroristic drill and behind all that there is the desire for love.
Kerekes and Ostrochovský: Velvet terrorists
Pavol Pekarčík, Peter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovský
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia / 2013 / 87 min.
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."
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Bergur Bernburg
Iceland, Denmark / 2015 / 80 min.
In his master class organized by the Jihlava IDFF and the Institute of Documentary Film, renowned award-winning Polish cinematographer and director Wojciech Staroń will present his view of visuality and visual style in documentary film. How can the camera capture a topic, a setting and the film’s protagonists in such a way so that the image supports the story to the maximum possible extent? The master class will be preceded by a screening of two of Staroń’s films – The Siberian Lesson (1998) and The Argentinian Lesson (2011).The Siberian Lesson58 min, Poland, 1998The Argentinian Lesson59 min, Poland, 2011
Masterclass: Wojciech Staroń
Czech Republic / 2014 / 65 min.
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'
Yuriy Norshteyn, the greatest poet of world animation, presents the first foreign (Czech) edition of his epic book Snow on the Grass. The leitmotif of the publication and of the Jihlava masterclass are the outcomes from Norshteyn’s inspired seminars in Japan and Russia. The central topics are the inspirational sources for filmmaking, the principles and limitations of film, the interrelationship between image, sound and music, literature and image, and film as an art form Norshteyn will also show his films The Battle ofKerzhenets, 25th October, the First Day, Winter Days and an excerpt from his cult adaptation of Gogol’s The Overcoat.
Yuriy Norshteyn: The Phenomenon of Depiction
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.
The Chinese director, Wang Bing, is one of the pivotal figures of world documentary film. His nine-hour film Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2003) received the Grand Prix at the Marseille Festival of Documentary Film, his Fengming made an appearance in Cannes and Toronto in 2007, and another of his documentaries, Crude Oil (2008),premiered at the Rotterdam festival. His work is characterised by many-hour-long observations of everyday moments in a selected environment, from factories or mines to a mental asylum. He is among the authors included in the Complete Letters project presenting his filmmaking method also in his Master Class.
Masterclass: Bing Wang
Czech Republic / 2014 / 120 min.