24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
synopsisA 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
biographyGerman visual artist and filmmaker Björn Speidel (1976) often works with stereoscopic images and 3D technologies, using them to explore the relations between the meaning of his works and choice of medium. Using camera filters and masks, he tests the influence on viewersˈ perception and combinations of shapes and colours. He is visiting the Jihlava festival for the fourth time: in 2016, he screened his film Dead End, Rewind Reversal here.
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Made on 35mm film without the use of a camera, this film is dedicated to British musician and composer of electronic and concrete music Delia Derbyshire. The filmmaker works with drawings of Derbyshire’s scores and visualizations of her sound and music inventions, accompanied by a musical collage of sound compositions for theater performances. British filmmaker Mary Stark’s artistic roots are in textile design, which she uses as inspiration for her films. Her audiovisual works experiment with the sounds of factories and recording and projection equipment. Besides making films, she also creates audiovisual installations in which she works with the human body, light, shadow, and the materiality of the filmstrip.“My approach is led by directly handling the filmstrip and considering film as a sculptural mass, exploring how it can be presented as a visible tactile material and placed centre stage.”
United Kingdom / 2016 / 17 min.
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
On the Border
Japan / 2018 / 7 min.
Found 8mm home movies from safaris in South Africa and Zimbabwe in the 1960s – i.e., during the apartheid era. The filmmaker finds inspiration in Peter Kubelka’s avant-garde work Unsere Afrikareise and uses montage and editing to critically refl ect on the colonial representation of the African landscape. “Having lived in South Africa for almost a decade, I wanted to find an abstract way to reflect on my journey as a filmmaker and highlight my concerns regarding the visual misrepresentations of Southern Africa.” R. Horn
African Film School
South Africa / 2017 / 5 min.
A performative film that compiles close-up shots of concentrated faces with abstract images converging towards a distinct point of light and geometric shots of dancing figures to create an associative image of fireflies, which in Cuban mythology represent ghosts, echoes of fires, or souls passing in the night. “Through collaborative processes and experimentation, I make films that allow a sensory experience, expanding the spectator’s perception of the social/political/cultural/personal phenomenon portrayed.” C. Claremi
Cuba / 2019 / 17 min.
Inspired by Italian Renaissance art, the filmmaker transforms news reports of protests in the Gaza Strip into a painting of people and the landscape, as if the boundaries of fields and meadows were a place for overcoming political limitations and the ability of an expansive viewpoint presented the ideal of inhabiting the visible. "The struggle for liberation intertwines with nature rejuvenation, creating an array of reflections." G. Silberstein
Field of Infinity
United Kingdom / 2018 / 5 min.
An archeological collage of observations of the traces left by life on the landscape, combined with reflections on ephemerality and historical legacy, set to a music-and-noise composition. Motifs of reincarnation and a possible return, collected while traveling through the former Yugoslavia, culminate with a visit to an abandoned family farm, now accessible only by illegally crossing the border to the European Union. “Through collaborative ways of experiencing how history collides with the present, my work embraces the complexity of a landscape while in the process questioning my own nostalgic and desiring gaze.” R. Ferko
Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower
Canada, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia / 2019 / 17 min.
Contemporary and archival footage of the Berkeley Pit, an open pit copper mine in Montana – today filled with contaminated water – is chemically altered using poisonous substances from this water containing copper, arsenic, cadmium, zinc, and sulfuric acid in order to call attention to the destructive consequences of mining. “The film shows the destructive consequences of mine waste through a variety of photochemical processes using the same contaminants found in the water of the pit.“ J. Gerlach
United States / 2019 / 10 min.
A frozen frame of a ten-lane boulevard lined by skyscrapers comes to life with past (or future?) movements, cars, advertisements, and people whose distinct as well as subtly visible traces struggle with the image’s punctum for an urgent actuality and the non-linearity of time, which moves forwards and back. Korean director Yi Myun (1973) studied musical composition. He lives in Seoul, where he works as a composer and video artist. The Jihlava IDFF previously showed his short film Field (2014), which explored themes of urban ecology. His films often combine traditional music-based soundtracks with melancholy views of urban landscapes that seem to live their own lives independent of human beings.“적 is the Korean title of this film and the sound of the word has diverse meaning in Chinese characters. It means: target, enemy, be right, build, trace, silence, advance, achievement, tread, watch, expose, angry, meet and fear.”
South Korea / 2016 / 3 min.
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
Jenny Cho, Sungeun Kim
South Korea / 2018 / 20 min.
This remake of Man Ray’s celebrated Emak Bakia (1926), which uses a cameraless method of creating hand-processed film images in high-contrast black-and-white, refers to the original film even in its subject matter as well: continuing with the motifs of death, it works with artifacts and documents from US drone attacks on Pakistani territory in 2015. Kathryn Ramey (1967) is an American filmmaker, anthropologist, and teacher at Emerson College in Boston. Through celluloid manipulation and hand developing film stock, she creates new audiovisual forms that search for points of intersection between anthropological studies and experimental film. Her works have received numerous awards at international festivals.“Combining experimental process - es with theoretical premises and anthropolo gy, my films and installations seek to deconsecrate the ‘real’ of conventional documentary and agitate the viewer to seek out subjugated narratives in dominant media culture.”
United States / 2016 / 7 min.
Patiently persistent mist conceals trees in the Eden River valley in northwestern England in a restless image draws the viewer’s attention to the visible image field, while its frame emphasizes the border of the unseen in the phenomenological stillness of the implied landscape. John Woodman (1948) focuses on experimental film and video art, about which he has even written a number of books (Structure of Chance, In Search of the Sacred, Sequences). One of the primary themes of his work is landscape and how it is differently perceived in relation to time, season, and light. His work has been presented at many international festivals.“Fields in Mist, filmed through heavy fo g, is an investigation of light, duration, revelation, visual appearance and disappearance. The scene is gradually revealed and then obscured by mist presenting a reflexive and contemplative viewing experience.”
Fields in Mist
United Kingdom / 2015 / 8 min.
Images recorded on a Lomography Supersampler, which photographs four immediately sequential moments on one frame of 35mm film, multiply the illusion of rhythmic movement and create a visual melody that hurtles forward, while the imprint of the moment remains fixed in place. The drum performance emphasizes the minimalist sharpness of the patterns. "Where do we go, in a time where borders are going to be closed again? The feeling of freedom has gone. I try to break down visual borders to rebuild a base for the spirit of freedom again." S. A. Fruhauf
WHERE DO WE GO
Siegfried Alexander Fruhauf
Austria / 2018 / 4 min.