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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Butterfly Disaster
Butterfly Disaster

Butterfly Disaster

director: Caryn Cline
original title: Butterfly Disaster
country: United States
year: 2019
running time: 6 min.

synopsis

Extinction of monarch butterflies in the US became a topic of a film based on manipulation of found footage. The director adjusts archival recordings of butterflies or planes spreading fertilizers through double exposure, scratching, colouring and so don, coming up with a purely visual micro-essay asking who is really the pest and who is the infested in this ecosystem.

biography

Plant kingdom, especially weeds, inspire most works by American experimental filmmaker Caryn Cline. She makes found footage and 16mm films. Her film In the Conservatory was screened at Ji.hlava IFDF in 2010.

more about film

director: Caryn Cline
producer: Caryn Cline
photography: Caryn Cline
sound: Andrés Montaña

other films in the section

The Little One
An unusual animated documentary of the experiences of young Vietnamese who have spent their entire lives in the Czech Republic, living between two cultures. The drawn animation style allows the filmmaker to give the film a natural emotionality, intimacy and poetic stylization.

The Little One

Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Czech Republic / 2017 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Waste no. 2 Wreck
A political visual poem about the current situation on the island of Lampedusa. The sharp contrast between the wrecks of refugee boats and the “most beautiful beach in the world according to Tripadvisor.com” disappears in a foggy mist of associations, melancholy ironic narration, grainy lyrical images, and ambient music.

Waste no. 2 Wreck

Jan Ijäs
Finland, Italy / 2016 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
The Delay
The overflowing waters of Venezuela's Lago de Valencia led to the evacuation of several families living nearby. They found refuge in motels that are often used for sexual encounters. The film's images, suffused with resignation, provide a silent witness to the oppressive atmosphere without any vocal complaints. A flock of birds circles over the swamp. On the dusty pavement, a person's leftover belongings fade away. Grass grows over the half-decrepit collapsed buildings, but a fresh breeze blows through them as well. In the motel, the day passes at the pace of waiting.

The Delay

Daniel Paz Mireles
Venezuela, Spain / 2013 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Clap Your Hands
Technological innovations of the moving picture in the service of science – in this case, the atom bomb – as we watch preparations for an explosion from various points of view. The film is interesting in its origins: It was put together using solely publicly available footage from the online Prelinger Archives. The clock’s hand goes in a circle as it marks the time. Preparations complete. Cameras ready, the plane takes off, drums roll. A match is struck and burns, the bomb falls. The pressure wave, then close-up footage of flowing microorganisms.

Clap Your Hands

Rita Figueiredo
Portugal / 2013 / 6 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
Landline
There’s a helpline just for gay farmers. Through authentic recordings and reconstructed situations, the film offers a glimpse into the issue of British gay men from rural areas. For farmers it’s difficult enough to admit their orientation to themselves, let alone to their not-so-gay-friendly surroundings. 

Landline

Matt Houghton
United Kingdom / 2017 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Apparition
Looking like a prince in his finely decorated outfit, the toreador's arrival in the arena has a magic effect on the thousands of impatiently waiting fans. The public's favourite is back after being seriously injured by a bull. Today, however, we will watch the corrida by observing the viewers and their kettle of emotions as it boils in static shots. A horn sounds and all goes silent. The toreador enters, and the public stands. Men and women, almost exactly 50-50. Then, sudden horror in the faces, screams, hands cover the eyes, tense expressions and nailbiting.

Apparition

Méryl Fortunat-Rossi
Belgium / 2012 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
TRANS
This sensitive portrait of the third sex in its hybrid form combines film and photographic techniques inspired by the motion photographs of Eadweard Muybridge, whose slow, close-up phases of the body in motion go well with the discovery of the unfocused physicality of an uncertain gender. The soul speaks through the narration. Blurry micro-movements of the body during the act of love, washing the hair, or putting on one’s underclothes in the dusk of a room with magenta walls. What is this body of austere vulgarity, discovered in all accepting openness?

TRANS

Mark Chapman
United Kingdom / 2013 / 7 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
137 Bullets
The confusion surrounding the situation on the evening of November 29, 2012 forces the public to examine it in detail. This documentary looks back at the events that culminated in the fatal shooting of Melissa Williams and Timothy Russell. Irrationally induced mass hysteria led to their vehicle being following by over 100 policemen.

137 Bullets

Paul Turano
United States / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Optimism
Dawson City in Canada’s Yukon Territory abounds in goldmines and lack of sunshine. This portrait of the town is an audiovisual collage on the search for the sun and gold, history, and the everyday realities of its inhabitants. The atmosphere of cold, snowy Canada infuses the film with a dark mood reminiscent of Twin Peaks.

Optimism

Deborah Stratman
United States, Canada / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
I Was Here
Director Zaina Erhaim has decided to explore her Syrian hometown of Idlib, which is controlled by anti-regime forces. Original footage captures familiar neighborhoods in ruins, where Erhaim leaves what is perhaps the last human footprint. This secretly-filmed documentary presents a visual experience of the loss of home and of meeting loved ones in a new reality.

I Was Here

Zaina Erhaim
Syria / 2017 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Petting Zoo
The director revises a TV report which a local TV station shot with him and his family on the Rosh hashanah holiday in 1974. In the footage which seemed as an expression of interest in the Jewish culture at the time it was created, the author discovers antisemitic and racist tendencies. The title refers to a zoo where domesticated and tame animals can be fed and petted by the visitors.
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Petting Zoo

Daniel Robin
United States / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Oh Brother Octopus
Nomads in the seas of Indonesia say that when a women gives birth to a child, she also gives birth to its twin in the form of an octopus. A look at a cultural environment shaped by traditional folk beliefs. The camera follows a man swimming with his face submerged in the sea in a ritual honouring the octopus. Dishonouring your aquatic brother can lead to misfortune.

Oh Brother Octopus

Florian Kunert
Germany / 2017 / 27 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
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