24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Miloš Šejn: Stream, Tree and Stone
original title: Miloš Šejn – Potokem, stromem a kamenem
country: Czech Republic
running time: 90 min.
The works of Miloš Šejn from the 1970s represent an unusual form of landscape film. It is based on a combination of land-art and physical performance, and can be perceived as both lyrical and spontaneous, but at the same time, silenced and concentrated. It uses the camera as an extension of vision and of the body and also as a tool to capture physical contact with nature, often in conjunction with extreme physical experiences. His films testify of his own experience as well as of the role of man in the surrounding ecosystem. With the filmmaker himself acting an active participant in the event, the National Film Archive will present a selection of his newly digitized films, some of which will be screened for the first time.
The Workshop is led by Martin Blažíček
The Workshop is led by Martin Blažíček
Through the Maple Mine, 1977, 7 min
Mumlava, 1978, 7 min
Zívr's Prachov Rocks, 1978, 7 min
Journey, 1979, 7 min
Ravine, 1979, 23 min
Braun's Nativity Scene, 1985, 3 min
other films in the section
The first-year workshop of the FAMU Documentary Department is led by Vít Klusák, who, together with his students, will present both the concept of the seminar as well as the films resulting from it during the 2015/16 academic year. Each of the five participating students will present two of their films that were selected as their final projects, as well as film exercises that generally cannot be seen outside the academy.In this year’s batch, the audience will learn what may be hidden behind the Czech terms “norník” and “ťapina”, and that the quest to find a partner may be conceived using the refined language of the silver screen. They will also see the news report from a courtroom where unscrupulous individualism comes out the winner in the form of a decadent deviation from the noble ideal of freedom… Discussion is welcome!---The Workshop is led by: Vít KlusákStudents: Jindřich Andrš, Lenka Benešová, Matouš Bičák, Eliška Cílková, Zora Čápová
Music programmer and curator Pavel Klusák presents abstract and experimental films as a window onto the radicalization of the term “music video.” Noise, drone, feedback, sound collages, field recordings, deep electronica, improvised interactions, the post-technological world: experimental music as a source of inspiration and provocation for contemporary visual artists. Matthew Revert and Vanessa Rossetto, Franck Vigroux and Mika Vainio, Jon Rafman and Oneohtrix Point Never, and other collaborative efforts.---The Workshop is led by Pavel Klusák
Adult Contemporary: Experimental Music Video 016
We most commonly see Normalization era in Czechoslovakia – the time of social and political repression following the country’s invasion by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968 – through documentaries about dissidents or from old television series. But the dilemmas posed by the totalitarian regime affected everybody. The 16-part series Stories of the 20th Century explores various people’s (students, journalists, miners, secret police collaborators, soldiers, rank-and-file Party members, homosexuals, and many others) responses to the pressure they received not only from the government apparatus but also from those around them. ---Three films from the series will be presented by their writers and directors. Tři filmy představí a debatu o nich povedou režiséři a scenáristé cyklu.
Stories of the 20th Century
A glimpse into the extraordinary life of a person who far exceeded the conventional perception of what a scientist is: he walked barefoot through the countryside wearing a pilgrim’s hooded cloak, engaged in passionate discussions that lasted for hours, joked and laughed, always friendly, interested in talking to anyone about anything. Tomáš Škrdlant presents materials for the documentary film that they worked on together over the course of many years. Tomáš Daněk presents the scientific and philosophical works of Zdeněk Neubauer. ---Dílnu vedou / The Workshop is led by: Tomáš Škrdlant, Tomáš Daněk
The Joy of Thinking. The Life of Philosopher, Scientist, Poet, and Prophet Zdeněk Neubauer
A reading by Egon Bondy at the local pub in Klukovice in November 1974. Bondy reads Invalid Siblings as Ságl’s camera focuses primarily on the faces in the audience. About halfway through the film, there is an improvised acoustic concert by the members of the Plastic People, which transforms the event into a wild party, including Bondy’s own creative dancing.
Czechoslovakia / 1974 / 9 min.
Gertjan Zuilhof is former programmer for the Rotterdam film festival. Although he is not a China, nor does he speak Chinese, he became good friends with numerous independent Chinese filmmakers. Zuilhof has chosen two recent independent productions to illuminate the situation of independent Chinese filmmakers today –Man’s World by artist/filmmaker Han Tao and Welcome by producer/filmmaker Zhu Rikun. Both deal with police brutality, but do so in very different and stylistically distinct ways. Spoken word is very important in both films – lies as well as the truth.---Dílnu vede / The Workshop is led by: Gertjan Zuilhof
Hidden Welcomes. Speaking the truth in Chinese Independent Film
He drew antennae onto politicians‘ posters and underneath he wrote they are liars, thieves, and corrupt whores. One of his colleagues – also a bus driver – turned him in. The judge in his trial was the wife of one of the defamed politicians. He destroyed private property! He paid 15,000 crowns in damages, but refused any additional punishment. “I have nothing to atone for!” Roman Smetana called out in court. He got 100 days. For the filmmakers, it was not enough to merely document his story – they bought spray paint and hit the streets... (Directors Cut is one episode of the Czech Journal, a new Czech Television documentary series, portraying life of Czech society in 2012. Airing in January, 2013)
Czech Journal. Free Smetana!
Filip Remunda, Vít Klusák
Czech Republic / 2012 / 30 min.
An opening reception for an exhibition of jugs by ceramic artist František Maxera is slowly transformed into a wild alcohol-fueled party with an acoustic concert by the members of the Plastic People. Recorded at the U Lojzy pub in Prague’s Vinohrady district.
Jugs of Franz Maxera at Hospoda U Lojzy
Czechoslovakia / 1973 / 9 min.
In this recording of a July concert by the Plastic People in the village of Skála near Humpolec, Ságl captures the almost apocalyptic dimension of the Plastics’ performances. He shoots expressive close-ups of the dancers using a hand-held spotlight, complemented by calmer footage of the musicians immersed in playing their instruments – all of it “edited” directly in the camera. The film includes all the chronologically shot footage, thus testifying to Ságl’s intuitive and concentrated work with the camera. The concert took place near the town of Humpolec, where the Plastic People worked as woodcutters in the early 1970s.
Skála nearby Humpolec
Czechoslovakia / 1971 / 7 min.
The millions of victims of the totalitarian USSR in 1917-1960 included 25,000 Czechs and other Czechoslovak citizens, who are the subject of the 3-part documentary Czechoslovaks in the Gulag – a joint project of Czech TV and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. The makers will reveal what preceded the documentary: a journey to the abandoned Siberian camps (part of a Gulag.cz project), and years of research, primarily in Ukrainian archives. In addition to excerpts, the filmmakers will show other ways the topic is presented, e.g., the Gulag Online Museum.---The Workshop is led by: Štěpán Černoušek, Marta Nováková---Čechoslováci v GulaguArt Design: Anna KrtičkováDramaturgy: Lucie Králová Topic: Štěpán Černoušek
Czechoslovaks in the Gulag
In honor of Arnošt and Jaroslava Hanibal’s wedding in September 1974, Ivan M. Jirous held the “First Festival of Other Culture” in Postupice, with the passive presence of the police. Performers included Old Teenagers, Sen Noci Svatojánské Band, Goldberg Grass Band, DG 307, Svatopluk Karásek, Charlie Soukup, and the Plastic People. The evening also featured a screening of Jan Ságl’s earlier films. The documentary opens with people gathering by the Rudolfinum in Prague, and also captures a part of the various performances. From the footage, it is evident that there were other cameramen present with 16mm film, making this one of the best-documented underground events.
Czechoslovakia / 1974 / 15 min.
It is the late 1980s. Petr Mička and Jirka Imlauf are friends at the Faculty of Education in Ústí nad Labem. Two years still remain before the Velvet Revolution. What could their random participation in an unpermitted protest possibly achieve? And what happens after a random look into the Cibulka List of supposed collaborators 20 years later?
Stories of the 20th Century: Agent Vian
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.