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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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War memorial
War memorial
War memorial

War memorial

director: Martin Ježek
original title: Mohyla války
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 35 min.

synopsis

The film essay brings the audience right into the heart of a historical battle re-enactment. The hundreds of soldiers fighting in historical costumes imitate organized violence; the film oscillates between a game, a theatre play, a Spartakiad and Land art. The multiplied projections evoke war turmoil, further enhanced by quotes from Karel Čapek’s anti-war drama The Mother.

biography

Martin Ježek (1976) is one of the most distinctive representatives of Czech experimental film.  He has graduated from production and film editing at FAMU.  Since 1999, when the FOMA company started producing 8mm films again, he has been creating short structural films as well. 

more about film

director: Martin Ježek
producer: Martin Ježek
photography: Adrian Hoc, Lenka Kerdová

other films in the section

Pastiche
Inspired by the concept of retromania, the filmmaker calls attention to the current trend of recycling older visual styles and artifacts from the last decades of the 20th century. The numerous defects in image quality and the psychedelic soundtrack from homemade cassette recordings were created on purpose when digitalizing the original analogue material.
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Pastiche

Magdalena Kašparová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Below the Black Sun
Short postdigital meteorological film poem about black sun and its light, mostly composed of manipulated found footage materials combined with original music. The main storyline is derived from the remixed section of the 1967 film Above the Horizon by American meteorological company.

Below the Black Sun

Kilián Kuděla
Czech Republic / 2018 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Dream I Had / Virgin Fields
A passing landscape projected into a hypnotic pulsating structure explores time perception in relation to motion. The iridescent chain of trunks, branches and leaves zooming past creates counterpoint to the cyclically re-emerging ambient soundscape interspersed with beats by Evitceles, a Bulgarian experimental musician.
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Dream I Had / Virgin Fields

Petra Bučková
Czech Republic, Bulgaria / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Sequence
A melancholic metaphor depicts transportation links and the logistical construction of a futuristic view of a dark, sterile environment. Fluorescent machines and vehicles that serve man live their own lives until their last moment, when they fall into pieces of the material from which they were constructed.

Sequence

Jakub Korselt
Czech Republic / 2018 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
De Potentia Dei
Potentia dei is a notion difficult to translate, but possible to explain. The same goes for a film essay by Ondřej Vavrečka, with signs and information, their interpretation and secrets as its main theme. The collage-like film uses sharp audiovisual contrasts to make people think.

De Potentia Dei

Ondřej Vavrečka
Czech Republic / 2016 / 66 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
There Is Something Behind The Sound
This sound-generated animation gives the audible world an impressive visual form of moving geometric shapes or a starry sky. The Max For Live and Touch Designer visual programming languages turn an original soundtrack into space galaxies where the technical and the human, the earthly and the spiritual, and machines and poetry meet.
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There Is Something Behind The Sound

Julie Lupačová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Liquid Mother Love
This film by the author duo Geislerová and Mazúr builds on the concept of the so-called liquid love introduced by sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and the work of theorist Elisabeth Badinter in its critical analysis of the question of predestination of women for the mother role realized through a collage of shots of women symbolizing motherhood as well as emancipation which questions the inevitability of this frequently debated social role.
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Liquid Mother Love

Ester Geislerová, Milan Mazúr
Czech Republic / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Film as an Art Object. The Films of Stanislav Hora, 1980–2016
Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz - Out of competitionThe little-known Super 8mm films of Stanislav Hora (1959) from the 1980s are a little studied area of artistic film in our country. With his background in sculpture, Hora approaches film more as an artistic material – he uses it to animate the creation of sculptures, he draws on it, scratches and attacks its surface or uses it as a medium for art happenings. For Hora, film is a tool for expanding his artistic practice into other forms, a means for capturing visual processes or a kind of sculptural object. The Ji.hlava screenings are the premiere of newly digitized versions.Curator and author of the texts: Martin Blažíček (CAS FAMU)Digital reconstruction of the films: Lukáš Janičík, Emiliya VereshchaginaAudio mastering: Sara PinheiroThe films of Stanislav Hora were reconstructed at FAMU’s Centre for Audiovisual Studies thanks to the Academy of Performing Art’s institutional support for long-term conceptual development.Screening:BabraeCzechoslovakia, 1980, 6 min.Černý hadice / Black HoseCzechoslovakia, 1982, 3 min.Dobře posazená figura / Well-Positioned ModelCzechoslovakia, 1987, 3 min.Oko / EyeCzechoslovakia, 1987, 1 min.Pavouk / SpiderCzechoslovakia, 1987, 4 min.Kameny / StonesCzechoslovakia, 1987, 4 min.Fragment II – West BerlinCzechoslovakia, 1989, 6 min.FILCzech Republic, 2016, 5 min.

Film as an Art Object. The Films of Stanislav Hora, 1980–2016

90 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
The conglomerate eternity
An archaeologically significant site diffuses its memory through levels of the myths, rituals, and folk tales in an essayist discourse on the forms of historical continuity. Absence of contact sound and minimalist music emphasizing the visual motifs of both alive and inanimate tracks in the landscape.

The conglomerate eternity

Petr Pololáník
Czech Republic / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Dare Nativitatis
This intimate essay presents the inner experiences of pregnant woman before and during childbirth. As she tries to come to terms with physical pain and as she mentally processes the situation, more complex questions arise as well. A documentary record mixed with questions and visions that reflect the mind and brain of a birthing woman.

Dare Nativitatis

Eliška Cílková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Moss Ball
In a world where wildlife loses its place, there is a need to replace it. The allusion to a trailer advertising the soft green moss ball breaks down the distance between the sterile human habitat and the sea plant popularized as an organic element of any home.

Moss Ball

Anežka Horová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Composition about nature
A series of three experimental films, which can be projected also in a loop, deals with nature through quick, dynamic camera movements, attacking the viewer’s perception. The films were produced as a final examination work in the studio of time-based media whose students try a variety of methods of multimedia processing of sound and image.
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Composition about nature

Vojtěch Groot
Czech Republic / 2019 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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