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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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On the Border
On the Border
On the Border
On the Border

On the Border

director: Yoshiki Nishimura
original title: On the Border
country: Japan
year: 2018
running time: 7 min.

synopsis

The filmmaker takes hundreds of photographs of ocean trash that has washed up on the shores of Japan and uses the photogrammetry technique to turn them into sculptures. When filmed in the virtual space, they become mementos of environmental irresponsibility and examples of the excesses of our affluent way of everyday life.

"Looking through the eyes of new technologies, we can have unexpected and incredible views of the reality." Y. Nishimura

 

biography

Japanese experimental filmmaker and producer Yoshiki Nishimura (1954) works primarily with computer animation and 3D graphics. His films, in which he explores and calls into question the boundaries between reality and the virtual world, ask us to expand our view of reality and cyberspace. The Ji.hlava IDFF has previously shown his films Mayhem (2016), Last 12 Minutes (2016), and Synthetic-Free (2017).

 

more about film

director: Yoshiki Nishimura
producer: Yoshiki Nishimura

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Árvore da Vida (Madeira)
From a green surface emerge the contours of a tree standing on the edge of a rainforest, the branches lightly swaying and the leaves slowly slicing traces of their movement into the endless plain. Even if in some places the surface of the image has healed, digital disintegration can cut off another piece, and this process does not cease until the tree dissolves into the uniform mist.  

Árvore da Vida (Madeira)

Jacques Perconte
France, Portugal / 2013 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Boxing in The Philipine Islands
This hypnotic study of a boxing match focuses primarily on the Filipino star boxer Manny Pacquiao, who in the year 2000 was declared the “boxer of the decade”. We watch typical movements, sped up to unnatural speeds. Sometimes, all we see is the shadow of somebody training, as it encounters the shadow of a tree on the sidewalk being blown by the wind. Two boxers on the street dominate the space through the traces left by their swinging arms.  

Boxing in The Philipine Islands

Raya Martin
Philippines / 2011 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Sleepy Eyes
A proliferation of images and minor chronological shifts transforms the movement of people through an urban landscape. Visual effects and a restless audio track create an expressive language that tells a dramatic story which takes place exclusively within the texture of images. This distinctive member of Austria’s youngest generation of avant-garde filmmakers follows in the tradition of the masters of found footage from the 1990s, but creates his own aesthetics using digital manipulation of originally analogue material.  

Sleepy Eyes

Siegfried Alexander Fruhauf
Austria / 2011 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Morphology of a Dream
A visual composition based on a study of the rhythm of sleep cycles during REM sleep. The flowing images melt into overlapping splotches of color to create shapes of fleeting sleep images at various speeds, thus reflecting the impossibility of capturing any concrete motifs.   "Connecting my observation with an intuitive way of filming, I document phenomena in the natural world to reveal evocative visual rhythms through the ecstatic clash of color and form." M. Szlam  

Morphology of a Dream

Malena Szlam
United States, Canada / 2018 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
THE WILDS
A philosophical portrait of situationalists Herbert Holl and Kza Han, who believe in revolution through art. They live on an island where they have written poems and translated the work of Alexander Kluge. Together they enter a landscape with gestures and artifacts as their considerations for symbols and individuality permeate though film sketches from their everyday life."We love Herbert and Kza’s way of thinking. So we tried to traslate that in little performance. Each day we came up with a strange idea. They were surprised, but always put confidence in us."

THE WILDS

Camille Tricaud, Felix Herrmann
Germany, France / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
The Bed and the Street
Protests against austerity measures, read as an expression of resistance to the state, are intermingled with an expression of intimate consonance. A demonstration of connection, this essayistic collage blurs the boundaries between private and public as it reflects on the politics of co-existence. "What if the revolution started at home, in the micro-politics of hand to hand, of our kitchen life, our bedroom life? If we said no to the old models of family, could we bring together bed and street?" M. Hoolboom, H. Frise  

The Bed and the Street

Mike Hoolboom, Heather Frise
Canada / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
noimage
FilmREPORT comments on events leading to the transformation of a society or landscape (protests in London, demonstrations in Cairo, tsunami in Japan) by reshaping the digital appearance of media images into a series of pixels that evoke the medium in which they are broadcast.

Reform

Guli Silberstein
United Kingdom / 2011 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
I Was Here
The combination of static photographs taken with various exposure times creates a moving portrait of a place where the stone building has stood for centuries, but the people are just indistinct traces on the sidewalk in front of it. We see only those who stop long enough to leave their imprint on the short-term memory of the place. The flow of time-lapse images also records changes in the solid structure as the light gives shape to the architecture.

I Was Here

Philippe Léonard
Canada / 2012 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
The Moons of Palaver
Images originally from the tests of spotlights are inserted into models where they evoke the phases of the Moon and in regular intervals combine to hint at a harmonic line of bright reflections. A fleeting arrangement of the traces of humans and machines forever trapped in the depths of the night.  "The Moons of Palaver had to be short, quiet, with soft light, gently mechanical, edited late in the night, a paradox and a mystery. It had to be a poem that I couldn’t possibly write." E. Gaucher  

The Moons of Palaver

Eric Gaucher
Canada / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
below
A surface rhythmised by reappearing image segments of a forest, gets projects during a walk, brought about also by the sound, into a space in which black-and-white and colour footage reveals monochromatic parts. These build up to create an effect of the third dimension, pulling our view into the depth and turning the ingenious schedule of the whole into a cognitive game using 3D representation."Below is not so much about borne suffering or the history of a memorial place. It tells more about the relation of depth-time and space-duration being interwoven in every moment of an image. " B. Spiegel

below

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Will
A meditative evocation of the South Korean “Candlelight Revolution” in the winter of 2016/17. The hybrid mosaic, in which archival and contemporary footage is altered by visual manipulation and performative moments, shows artifacts, situations, and gestures reflecting the desire for political change.  "The sense of vulnerability facing the unimaginable change made it only possible to borrow the quotations from the past and the future." S. Kim, J. Cho  

The Will

Jenny Cho, Sungeun Kim
South Korea / 2018 / 20 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Some Exercise in Complex Seeing is Needed
The static footage shows just one thing: a person continuously swimming against the current. Despite swimming at a regular pace, the person stays in place. This image is accompanied by a recitation of a list of the filmmaker’s personal decisions and a description her micro-world, with references to her previous films and curatorial work. “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” we hear the words of American writer and feminist Emma Goldman, who promoted freedom of expression and the need for joy even amidst revolutionary struggle.

Some Exercise in Complex Seeing is Needed

Carola Dertnig
Austria / 2012 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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