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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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Masterclass: Jacopo Quadri
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

Jacopo Quadri
Czech Republic / 2016 / 60 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.
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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Cristi Puiu
Romania / 2005 / 148 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
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
Litany of Happy People
This originally censored musical film is a satirical depiction of the inhabitants of Vojvodina, a rural region of Serbia characterized by its multi-ethnic population. Although it won two awards in Oberhausen, it was banned in Yugoslavia and Godina was long prevented from making experimental film. „I have always tried to find a new language or a form to implement into the film.” K. Godina

Litany of Happy People

Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1971 / 14 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
Fire at Sea
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

Gianfranco Rosi
Italy, France / 2015 / 108 min.
section: Masterclass
Pierre-Olivier Bardet: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing ?
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 ?

50 min.
section: Masterclass
The Yes Men Are Revolting
This documentary comedy proves that even environmental activism can be carried out with insight and humor. A duo of seasoned agitators infiltrate conferences and, using hoaxes, fake press releases and various declarations, draw attention to themselves so that they can point out the callousness and arrogance of large corporations and government organizations.“All of these actions could’ve been YouTube videos and that’s the end of it, but we wanted to tell a more complex story about what it also means to be an activist over time.” (Andy Bichlbaum)

The Yes Men Are Revolting

Mike Bonanno, Andy Bichlbaum, Laura Nix
Netherlands, Denmark, France, Germany, United States / 2014 / 91 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Fridrik Thór Fridriksson
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.
section: Masterclass
Susanna Baranzhieva: Tribute to Rastorguev
A session dedicated to recently deceased director Alexander Rastorguev (1971-2018), who was best known for his documentary The Term (2014) about Russia’s anti-Putin opposition. Alexander was recently killed along with other two Russian journalists in the Central African Republic while investigating a Russian private military company with links to the Kremlin, according to top ranked media world agencies.

Susanna Baranzhieva: Tribute to Rastorguev

Susanna Baranzhieva
120 min.
section: Masterclass
Radu Jude: Archive Mysteries
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

Radu Jude
60 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
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