26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Modern Times
Modern Times
Modern Times
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Modern Times

director: Vladimír Turner
original title: Modern Times
country: Czech Republic, France
year: 2021
running time: 18 min.


The new adaptation of Chaplin’s Modern Times stresses the absurd scale of technological progress. Due to the progress, humankind does not develop, it becomes atrophied. Hoverboards are a clear evidence of this phenomenon as they free us from the need to walk; and with the prosthetic chassis we are transforming into semi-machines. The identical interpretation key about serial and monotone character of our modern world can be seen in the aerial pictures of identical turnkey houses. The machine-structured reality enslaves us.

„Modern times have changed dramatically since Charlie Chaplin. Today, given his soulful reflection on the world, Chaplin would probably be dependent on Xanax.”


Vladimír Turner (1986) studied Audiovisual Studies at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and he also studied at the Department of Intermedial Confrontation at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He works with film, installations and public space, and he interconnects art with activism. His films White-Black Film (2013) and Funeral (2016) were screened at Ji.hlava IDFF.

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