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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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My Riga
My Riga
My Riga
My Riga

My Riga

director: Aloizs Brenčs
original title: Mana Rīga
country: Latvia
year: 1960
running time: 22 min.

synopsis

At the time this personal take on the Latvian capital and its residents was made, it radically exceeded the ideological rhetoric of contemporary works. It presented one of the first expressions of the poetic documentary film movement, which rebelled against the regime with its stylistic experiments.

biography

Before Latvian director Alois Brenčs (1929-1998) became a box-office hit with his successful detective films, he shot more than 15 documentaries and a hundred newsreels between 1954 and 1964.

more about film

director: Aloizs Brenčs
producer: Arnolds Gross
script: Viktors Lorencs

other films in the section

Welcome to Tallinn!
An urban symphony comprising a visual collage of the Estonian capital city. With an emphasis on rhythm, it sets into motion a stream of compositions depicting various buildings and corners of the city. Its primary focus, however, is on the human element as a bearer of action and vitality, capturing the period of political thaw, carefree fun, and the joy of life.

Welcome to Tallinn!

Andrei Dobrovolski
Estonia / 1967 / 22 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Man Looking for a Rainbow
Besides possessing environmental appeal, this poetic depiction of the exploration of the Podillya cave system in the Termopil region holds a privileged position among the films from the Studio of Popular Science Films for its captivating storytelling, rhythmic assembly and distinctive visuals.
personal program

Man Looking for a Rainbow

Volodymyr Khmelytskyi
USSR / 1966 / 16 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Vird
Vird is a film based on the idea of “manual cutting on set” using only lights to make cuts in the video. The only post-production was the composition of a soundscape fitting to the movements and cutting the frame down to smaller frames that would play a fraction of a second later or sooner than the next small frame. Vird is the result of wanting to break up movement in time, effected by surrealism and the “bad” girls in Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, and using the new way of editing.

Vird

Katrín Helena Jónsdóttir
Iceland / 2015 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Searching for Balance (From Abstraction to Figuration)
Searching for Balance is an experimental silent video art project. Skala uses silhouettes of a woman's torso to frame the rapidly changing coloured filling along with altering the speed of footage to achieve his signature style.

Searching for Balance (From Abstraction to Figuration)

Petr Skala
Czechoslovakia / 1973 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Phantom Limb
The director has for the last 5 years made theatre and performance in total darkness with the aim of triggering the other senses and audience imagination. Phantom Limb his first film in this series, which mostly deals with total darkness.  We are following Mads as he enters his first regression therapy session, and gets guided into hypnosis. All recordings are real.

Phantom Limb

Thomas Østgaard
Norway / 2016 / 5 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
World Premiere
Going Towards the Spring
A possessed talking spring, a clueless blind man, and wandering humanity, three Fates, and a grand pagan ritual: a dark, poetic, visually bewitching Estonian ballad that can be perceived as a celebration of the archaic world, ecological morality, and as a political allegory on a ritual cleansing for the extinction of an advanced society.

Going Towards the Spring

Peeter Tooming
Estonia / 1979 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Boxing
Ion Grigorescu’s conceptual film depicts a boxing fight of the author with his own image in a double exposure. The fight takes place in nudity, outside the boxing ring, without audience and the possibility of freeing yourself. Isolation becomes not only the source of suffering but also of internal strength. In the course of the action, the image of the winning boxer fades and the loser becomes prominent.

Boxing

Ion Grigorescu
Romania / 1977 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Untitled
Fragments of a home movie in which the filmmaker captures weekend strolls and tanks rumbling through the city. The visit to memorial places and open nature is an example of an amateur film in which the director places a clear emphasis on details and attempts to create distinctive compositions and augment normal home movie situations with unusual visual motifs.
personal program

Untitled

Mykola Peretiatko
USSR / 1990 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Clapper
Clapper is a heavily edited short film combining footage of political protests from pre- and post-WWII. It is considered one of the first “found footage” films made in Poland. The film incorporates Janis Joplin’s track “Summertime” as a soundtrack to the chaotic scenes.

Clapper

Wojciech Bruszewski
Poland / 1971 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Vowels
This structuralist film translates Rimbaud’s famous sonnet onto the film screen, thus placing it within the context of cinema. Where Rimbaud associated vowels with colours, the film represents them using different forms of video manipulation or camerawork – for instance, the letter “I” is represented by a jump cut.

Vowels

Nikola Đurić
Yugoslavia / 1973 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Game
A sophisticated game of cat and mouse in which the constantly moving camera is the hunter and the young woman wandering the streets of Ljubljana to the sounds of jazz music is the prey. The film spent fifty years hidden under the bed of one of the filmmakers and was first screened at a meeting of Slovenian amateur filmmakers.„All my films have certain message and only important thing for me is and was to catch a spirit of time.“ K. Godina

Game

Jure Pervanje, Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1965 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
The Idylls of Kirtimai
An observational anthropological study follows the life of the residents of the largest Roma settlement in Lithuania. Instead of the usual tendency to draw attention to their poverty, lack of education, and discrimination, the film focuses primarily on an ideologically unencumbered representation of everyday patterns of life.

The Idylls of Kirtimai

Artūras Jevdokimovas
Lithuania / 1991 / 13 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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