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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Out of Autofocus

Out of Autofocus

director: Mikhail Basov
original title: Out of Autofocus
country: Russia
year: 2016
running time: 2 min.

synopsis

An image of the sea that comes close to the boundaries of abstraction, set against a backdrop of fishing nets mounted on stilts. Birds disrupt the peace of the salty air with their unpredictable trajectories of rapid flight during which the camera fights to find a focal point, so that within the limits of its automatic functions it creates an engagingly lyrical scene. In his films, Mikhail Basov (1977) explores the interaction of consumer goods and materials in the landscape and their metaphorical implications. His works have been presented at a number of international festivals and shows such as International Video Art Biennial VIDEOAKT in Barcelona, Experimental Film Festival Portland, and Festival Art Deco de Cinema in São Paulo.

“A short story about the unrequited love of a videocamera for a bird.”

biography

An image of the sea that comes close to the boundaries of abstraction, set against a backdrop of fishing nets mounted on stilts. Birds disrupt the peace of the salty air with their unpredictable trajectories of rapid flight during which the camera fights to find a focal point, so that within the limits of its automatic functions it creates an engagingly lyrical scene. In his films, Mikhail Basov (1977) explores the interaction of consumer goods and materials in the landscape and their metaphorical implications. His works have been presented at a number of international festivals and shows such as International Video Art Biennial VIDEOAKT in Barcelona, Experimental Film Festival Portland, and Festival Art Deco de Cinema in São Paulo.

more about film

director: Mikhail Basov
producer: Mikhail Basov
photography: Mikhail Basov
editing: Mikhail Basov

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Heavy Eyes Remastered

Siegfried Alexander Fruhauf
Austria / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
SOU
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SOU

Tatsuto Kimura
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section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Boat People
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Boat People

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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
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The Bed and the Street

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section: Fascinations
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Musical Landscape

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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
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Untitled, 1925, Part Three

Madi Piller
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section: Fascinations
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Displacement
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Displacement

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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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TOUCH Memory (VIETNAM)

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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
La Notte Salva
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La Notte Salva

Giuseppe Boccassini
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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Buffalo Death Mask
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Buffalo Death Mask

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section: Fascinations
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