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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Mike Bonanno: History of Jokes

Mike Bonanno: History of Jokes

director: Mike Bonanno
original title: Mike Bonanno: History of Jokes
running time: 90 min.

synopsis

As The Yes Men, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno's (1960) brand of activism has kept them in the headlines in USA for nearly two decades. They have made several feature films. They also created the Action Switchboard website, which was recently launched as a platform for participatory direct action. By injecting humour into drop-dead serious subjects, they provoke laughter and debate from audiences. 

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director: Mike Bonanno

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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
Masterclass Claire Atherton: Editing. A Composition
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

Claire Atherton
Czech Republic / 2016 / 140 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
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: Alber Serra
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

Albert Serra
Czech Republic / 2014 / 107 min.
section: Masterclass
noimage
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

Maria Alyokhina
Czech Republic / 2015 / 105 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson: Music in the documentary film
Icelandic composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson writes music for documentary and fiction films and also works with well-known local bands such as MÖK and Sigur Rós. In 1991, he won a European Film Award for his music for Friðrik Þór Friðriksson’s Children of Nature, with whom he has collaborated on many other movies. At his master class, he will explain the differences between making music for documentary versus fiction films, and will reflect upon the authenticity of period instruments in historical documentaries. 

Masterclass Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson: Music in the documentary film

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
Czech Republic / 2016 / 112 min.
section: Masterclass
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
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

Louise Osmond
United Kingdom / 2016 / 96 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
Hotline
An intense portrait of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, a small Israeli human rights organization focused on an incomparably larger and more difficult task: helping illegal African refugees. The director focuses less on the immigrants and more on the organization’s staff, their personal values and their daily struggles with bureaucracy, all of which she records herself with a handheld camera.“I followed the workers of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants in their routine: the young women informing asylum seekers about their rights, the lawyers fighting to liberate asylum seekers from prison, the public policy coordinator working at the Parliament's Internal Affairs Committee etc.” S. Landsmann

Hotline

Silvina Landsmann
Israel, France / 2015 / 100 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
Afternoon (Rifle)
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!”

Afternoon (Rifle)

Lordan Zafranović
Yugoslavia / 1967 / 15 min.
section: Masterclass
Game
A sophisticated game of cat and mouse in which the constantly moving camera is the hunter and the young woman wandering the streets of Ljubljana to the sounds of jazz music is the prey. The film spent fifty years hidden under the bed of one of the filmmakers and was first screened at a meeting of Slovenian amateur filmmakers.„All my films have certain message and only important thing for me is and was to catch a spirit of time.“ K. Godina

Game

Jure Pervanje, Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1965 / 6 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
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
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