24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Masterclass: Sergey Dvortsevoy
original title: Masterclass: Sergej Dvorcevoj
running time: 90 min.
synopsisSergey 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.
other films in the section
Italian film editor Jacopo Quadri worked with documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi on the successful Fire at Sea, which won the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlinale. As part of his editing master class, he will screen his own film The Summer School (2014). According to Quadri, film editing “is something liquid and physical. It looks like a river that cuts through unknown lands. The spectator is like a swimmer or a sailor. Each element is linked to the other by contrast or similarity as if the film were a journey.”
Masterclass: Jacopo Quadri
Czech Republic / 2016 / 60 min.
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.
On a hot summer day in a courtyard in Split, a game between a man and a boy reflects the contrast between life and decay that plays out around them. The banality of the act of killing and the naked female body represent levels of being that are paralleled by the use of space. Age, sexuality, and spatial elevation are combined and juxtaposed, inspiring a sense of estrangement from their structure. The play of light and shadow embodies and accepts the irrationality pointed out through the suggestive questions read in the background by the old woman.Detail:- “Kill it! Kill it! Kill it!”- “Put it away, put it away! Is it young?”- “It’s old, come on, kill it!”
Yugoslavia / 1967 / 15 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.
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.
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.
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
Czech Republic / 2016 / 140 min.
Videos from Russian roads have become an internet phenomenon. Dash cams record their surroundings without any embellishment. Out of fifty such videos, Dima Kalashnikov has made something much more than just another YouTube compilation. Thanks to music and sophisticated editing, he successfully created a multi-layered portrait of contemporary Russia. “There is as much humor as tragedy witnessed here. The film really depicts the essence of Russian life and the Russian attitude to life. It is a very Russian film.” D. Kalashnikov
The Road Movie
Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia / 2016 / 67 min.
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.
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."
Slovakia, Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
Masterclass: Artavazd Peleshyan
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.