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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800
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Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800
Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800

Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800

director: Yin-Ju Chen
original title: Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800
country: Taiwan
year: 2018
running time: 17 min.

synopsis

The melancholic atmosphere of wandering a landscape scarred by kitschy disco rainbows and colorful illustrations opens up the possibility of an extra-planetary consciousness sending a message in which references to the laws of thermodynamics and Mayan symbolism encounter critical interpretations of an expected confrontation between humanity and the cosmos.  

"‘IT‘ knows." Yin-Ju Chen

biography

Taiwanese artist Yin-Ju Chen uses her diverse range of works to explore a variety of existential questions. Her eclectically rich body of work – which draws, among other things, from cultural and social anthropology, esotericism, and behaviorism, with an emphasis on juxtaposing shapes and patterns – has become a mainstay at many festivals and exhibitions. She previously appeared at the Ji.hlava IDFF with the films Lessons of the Blood (2010) and End Transmission (2011).

 

more about film

director: Yin-Ju Chen
producer: Yin-Ju Chen
photography: James T. Hong
editing: Chia-Sheng Lin

other films in the section

Untitled, 1925, Part Three
“When I close my eyes, everything remains the same”, says the filmmaker at the start of her work, which records places in the Andes as she retraces the journey her Romanian-Jewish grandfather undertook in 1925 in order to acquire Peruvian citizenship, which allowed him to save his family from Europe twelve years later. “An atmospheric and meditative film. A journey that revives and confronts memory and reality. The film was shot on a 16mm high contrast film stock which has sadly been discontinued.” M. Piller

Untitled, 1925, Part Three

Madi Piller
Canada / 2017 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Becoming American
The barcode from Form N-400 – the application for U.S. citizenship – is “naturalized” (a reference to “naturalization,” the term for becoming a U.S. citizen into the image, which is thus transformed into an abstract portrait of the applicant. At the same time, it is converted into sound by reading the visual code with an optical sound reader. Christina Nguyen (1988) hails from Los Angeles and studied visual art and media and molecular biology at the University of California in San Diego. She also received an MFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts. Edgar Jorge Baralt (1988) was born in Venezuela and studied film production at the University of Central Florida and at the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles, where he currently lives and works. His films explore the subjects of memory, time, and the changing nature of human identity.“The electronic version of the N-400 application form generates a barcode as personal information is entered. We take this conversion of identity into data further by turning this barcode into an audiovisual experience.”

Becoming American

Christina Nguyen, Edgar Jorge-Baralt
United States / 2016 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Firefly
A performative film that compiles close-up shots of concentrated faces with abstract images converging towards a distinct point of light and geometric shots of dancing figures to create an associative image of fireflies, which in Cuban mythology represent ghosts, echoes of fires, or souls passing in the night. “Through collaborative processes and experimentation, I make films that allow a sensory experience, expanding the spectator’s perception of the social/political/cultural/personal phenomenon portrayed.” C. Claremi 
personal program

Firefly

Claudia Claremi
Cuba / 2019 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
CAMERA (Notes on Film 10)
A meditation on surveillance, dramatized by a person having panic and anxiety attacks in a white room with no doors or windows. The filmmaker reflects on the omnipresence of seemingly inconspicuous observation. The impossibility of a hidden camera’s objectivity is emphasized by reactive changes in its angle of view when the person attacks it. Austrian filmmaker and curator Norbert Pfaffenbichler (1967) is a pioneer of video art and a founding member of the VIDOK art group. His works often combine electronic music and abstract projections. Pfaffenbichler was the curator of the important group exhibition Abstraction Now at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna (2003), which worked with computergenerated sounds. Previously at Jihlava IDFF, he showed his film Intermezzo (Notes on Film 4) (2012).„Camera is a short étude on the topic of the invisible camera. it is part of my ‘notes on film-series ’ which deals with different topics from the history and theory of film.”

CAMERA (Notes on Film 10)

Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Austria / 2015 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
The Thread
An old seamstress’s recollections are woven into a dreamlike postcard in which the sea carries away a house, God takes in a child, and the burden of life shines through into a blindness in which the most sensitive organs are the hands that meticulously work the loom."The Thread that connects all, from energy to matter, from energy to idea, from idea to symbol, from light to story, from photon to silver halide, from silver grain to moving image, living image. It's a film about dream and reality, about life and dead. Connected through a wool thread." P. Bulgarelli

The Thread

Pietro Bulgarelli, Pablo Polanco
Chile, Costa Rica / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Tudor Village: A One Shot Deal
Winnipeg is becoming depopulated. Today it is even emptier because its residents have gone to watch a solar eclipse. But one building administrator is encouraging people to endure. He shows his house and praises the living conditions. An unassuming sketch providing an everyday picture of the city’s residential district.Familiar everyday places give rise to subtle moments such as the darkening sun shimmering among the building’s interior and exterior.

Tudor Village: A One Shot Deal

Rhayne Vermette
Canada / 2012 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Fields in Mist
Patiently persistent mist conceals trees in the Eden River valley in northwestern England in a restless image draws the viewer’s attention to the visible image field, while its frame emphasizes the border of the unseen in the phenomenological stillness of the implied landscape. John Woodman (1948) focuses on experimental film and video art, about which he has even written a number of books (Structure of Chance, In Search of the Sacred, Sequences). One of the primary themes of his work is landscape and how it is differently perceived in relation to time, season, and light. His work has been presented at many international festivals.“Fields in Mist, filmed through heavy fo g, is an investigation of light, duration, revelation, visual appearance and disappearance. The scene is gradually revealed and then obscured by mist presenting a reflexive and contemplative viewing experience.”

Fields in Mist

John Woodman
United Kingdom / 2015 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
The Escape Agents
A re-construction of the illegal smuggling of a family across the border from East to West Berlin in 1988. Told in photographs, the film shows a chilling story of escape in the trunk of a car and an encounter with agents of the East German secret police. The images’ unknown origin adds a sense of the universal and calls into question the course of events.  "While researching my first feature, I stumbled across these photos in the Stasi archives and decided to try to make a story around them. I was shocked when I found out the true identity of the people " S. Calonico  

The Escape Agents

Scott Calonico
United Kingdom, German Democratic Republic, Germany / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
I Would Leave Everything Here
The patient observation of the four seasons – daytime and nighttime events, manifestations of the natural elements, and the peacefulness of minimalist images – as seen through the window. A dramatic compilation of images into an extraordinary record of the ordinary flow of time. Croatian filmmaker, photographer, and audiovisual artist Ivan Faktor (1953) has been making art since 1975. In 1995, his film At Home was shown at the Venice Biennale, and he also represented his home country at the São Paulo Art Biennial. The Jihlava IDFF previously showed his film Self-Portrait (2006), in which a camera inside the filmmaker’s body records a journey through the human body in the form of abstract images, shadows, and rhythms.“... for here I would leave this earth and these stars, because I would take nothing with me from here, because I’ve lo oked into what‘s coming, and I d on‘t need anything from here.” (László Krasznahorkai)

I Would Leave Everything Here

Ivan Faktor
Croatia / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
The River Escapes
An essay on exploitation of homes of native inhabitants and the behaviour of colonists breaks out into an anti-capitalist political pamphlet resulting in divergent horizontal and vertical motifs of a critical analysis of liberal cosmopolitan elites toward life space as a single-use, expandable commodity, contradicting its displaceable character. "To build other worlds, one needs not to abandon western mind-structure but to transduce it with local, specific and ancient notions. This film is the beginning of a quest towards that realization." E. Makoszay Mayén     
personal program

The River Escapes

Eduardo Makoszay Mayén
Mexico, Brazil / 2019 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Distance
The filmmaker returns to a Hungarian village for her last visit to her grandmother. The blurring images emphasize the mental distance resulting from physical distance, but also the time that has passed since the childhood memories remembered in her quiet voiceover, which make up for the disappearing memories of the aging body. “The film grew out from a personal life situation when my grandmother got dementia at the age of 85. While she was losing her memories I tried to keep them even stronger than ever.” D. Zurbó

Distance

Dorottya Zurbo
Hungary / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Non-Places: Beyond the Infinite
This essayist collage visually develops French anthropologist Marc Augé’s concept of nonplace (ephemeral places characterized by anonymity or blurred identity) and turns images of highways and rest stops upside down, thus emphasizing the difficult-to-grasp images of these worlds “Marc Augé’s essay (Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity) meets with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in some Hungarian highway rest areas.”

Non-Places: Beyond the Infinite

Péter Lichter
Hungary / 2016 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
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