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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Masterclass: Roberto Minervini

Masterclass: Roberto Minervini

director: Roberto Minervini
original title: Masterclass: Roberto Minervini
running time: 90 min.

synopsis

Director Roberto Minervini, originally from Italy, currently lives in the United States, where he explores American rural life and the fringes of southern society. In his work, he attempts to reveal the truth through the dramatization of reality and blurring the boundaries between documentary and feature film, between reality and narrative fiction. Minervini's films function as intimate portraits of individuals, as well as sociological studies in which he often focuses on economic injustice, racism and dysfunctional family relationships. He creates his films out of personal need and at the same time perceives them as a political project that helps him understand life in American society.

 

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director: Roberto Minervini

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Vitaly Mansky: The Pipeline
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

Vitaly Mansky
Russia, Germany, Czech Republic / 2013 / 116 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
Masterclass Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák: Caught in the Net
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.
section: Masterclass
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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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Masterclass: Hubert Sauper

Hubert Sauper
90 min.
section: Masterclass
Helmut Berger, Actor
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

Andreas Horvath
Austria / 2015 / 90 min.
section: Masterclass
Symphony of the Heaven City
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

Lordan Zafranović
Serbia, Montenegro / 2003 / 57 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Thomas A. Ostbye
Thomas A Østbye is a distinctive voice among Norwegian directors. He is known for combining artistic reflections on the documentary genre with contemporary political dilemmas. He made his mark with formally challenging documentaries such as Imagining Emanuel, HUMAN, and In Your Dreams, which have received numerous art and film awards. He also makes art installations and runs the PlymSerafin production company. Østbye will show excerpts from his films and will share his working method, with a focus on developing cinematic style and form in relation to the ethics and aesthetics found in his latest films.

Masterclass: Thomas A. Ostbye

Thomas A. Østbye
Czech Republic / 2015 / 50 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
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
It was supposed to be just another run-of-the-mill evening for Mr. Lazarescu, but his sudden nausea would soon lead to the beginning of a tragicomic odyssey. This road movie, characterized by its immediate realistic form, takes a bitter look at a socially unwelcoming health care system that both steps and falls on people burdened by all the bureaucracy. The director managed to blur the lines between the real world and the fictional world with his distinctive approach, while the documentary’s handheld camera enhances this feeling and completes the already functional concept of working with an actor. The film remarkably captured the state of society at the time, which was strikingly similar to the novels of Franz Kafka.

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Cristi Puiu
Romania / 2005 / 148 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Bing Wang
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

Wang Bing
Czech Republic / 2014 / 120 min.
section: Masterclass
No Home Movie
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

Chantal Akerman
Belgium / 2015 / 112 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
Kirsten Johnson: Virgin Tales
A renowned US cinematographer and director, presents a master class dedicated to her approach to the visual style in documentary film. Besides other examples of her cinematographic work, Kirsten Johnson will talk about her current project A Blind Eye. How may the topic, environment and characters of the film aff ect its visual style in order to strengthen the storytelling aspect? The master class will be preceded by the screening of Virgin Tales – one of the most recent Johnson´s works as a cinematographer.

Kirsten Johnson: Virgin Tales

Kirsten Johnson
Switzerland / 2012 / 87 min.
section: Masterclass
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