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
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
Belgium / 2015 / 112 min.
Spanish solitaire and a juror of the Between the Seas section, Albert Serra, winning the Golden Leopard Award at last year’s Locarno Film Festival, gained renown for his triptych of unprecedented adaptations – Honor de cavalleria, Birdsong and The Story of My Death, in which classical literary figures Don Quixote, Casanova or Dracula act as abstract, but all the more fascinating principles. Serra’s innovative methodologies and an unorthodox approach to cinematography earned him the nickname “radical classic”. This eccentric artist hardly follows any scripts, his films are based on improvisation and are free of narrative conventions. Aside from his film work, he also produces video-art. His Master Class will provide an insight into the principles of his work.
Masterclass: Alber Serra
Czech Republic / 2014 / 107 min.
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.
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 ?
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.
A poet and member of the punk rock protest group Pussy Riot, concentrating on feminism, LGBT rights in Russia, and acting in opposition to the current political system in Russia represented by President Vladimir Putin. After a nearly two-year-long imprisonment following a protest concert held in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Maria, together with her fellow Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, focuses on a campaign concerning human rights violations in Russian prisons, on political prisoners and on raising awareness of this topic internationally.
Inspiration Forum: Mariya Alyokhina
Czech Republic / 2015 / 105 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.
The work of a doctor, nurse, and driver on a 48-hour shift in one of Sofia’s 13 ambulances looks like a quixotic endeavour. The Bulgarian capital has a million and a half inhabitants, but low salaries in healthcare have led to a decline in the number of people who should be saving people’s lives. A case study of emotionally raw moments faced by the emergency medical team and its patients, in which we experience joy, disillusionment, fear, hopeless, and pleasure practically at the same time.
Sofia‘s Last Ambulance
Bulgaria, Germany, Croatia / 2012 / 75 min.
East European Premiere
Masterclass: Artavazd Peleshyan
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.
Croatian director Lordan Zafranović, a representative of the Yugoslavian Black Wave, graduated from FAMU, where he studied under Elmar Klos. He was living in Prague when he made his documentary The Decline of the Century: Testament L. Z. (1994). His latest work is the documentary cycle Tito – Last Witnesses of the Testament (2012). In 2013, he was a jury member for the Between the Seas section. Zafranović believes that the soul of film exists in each filmmaker’s inimitably original form. This form, made up of time, space and the various key film materials, establishes the basis that brings all of the film elements into harmony. He compares filmmaking with music. In his masterclass, Zafranović will focus on how film works are composed and the origination and acceptance of new film forms.
Masterclass: Lordan Zafranović
Czech Republic / 2015 / 60 min.
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