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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Obatala Film
Obatala Film
Obatala Film

Obatala Film

director: Sebastian Wiedemann
original title: Obatala Film
country: Nigeria, Brazil, Colombia
year: 2019
running time: 7 min.

synopsis

An anthology of rituals, masks, skin paintings, and other decorations, captured from up close in Ile-Ife, the legendary holy city of the Yoruba, who live primarily in southwestern Nigeria but also in some parts of Latin America and who consider the god Obatala to be the creator of Earth and of human bodies. 

"I understand my cinematic practice as an inquiry into modes of experience and as a gesture of channeling. One of them could be the state of devotion and possession by spiritual and cosmic forces. " S. Wiedemann  

biography

After completing his fine art education in his native Columbia, Sebastian Wiedemann went on to study film directing in Argentina. His works explore the mutual relationships between philosophy, anthropology, and experimental film. Besides documentaries, he also works with fiction film. His films are based on manual work with the film material, with a focus on the character of the colors.

more about film

director: Sebastian Wiedemann
producer: Sebastian Wiedemann
editing: Sebastian Wiedemann

other films in the section

An Angry Crowd
The paths of a flock of gulls diving for thrown pieces of bread are inverted into traces of light transforming the idyllic image into captivating abstract composition that evokes frenetic expressions of apparent anger or chaos. The effect is further underscored by his work with the sound, in which the cries of the gulls are converted into nervous echoes. “I’m working on the image and the sound /// in order to give new realities to ordinary life /// and share my audiovisual vision of the world /// in experimental video artworks /// since 2010.” J.-M. Rolland     
personal program

An Angry Crowd

Jean-Michel Rolland
France / 2019 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
1/8
The film’s title refers to the sharpness of human vision when compared to that of a hawk. The deformations and blurriness of the image, dependent on the density of photoreceptors, hide concreteness. The allusion to the myth of Icarus addresses questions of distance and clarity, while the meticulous rhythm of the narrative develops the themes of point of view and falling from great heights.“This film focuses on the world that exists outside of stories. By destroying the main story of man, I wanted to discover all that has been erased from him or that is trapped outside of him.” R. Hayama

1/8

Rei Hayama
Japan / 2017 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower
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
personal program

Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower

Ryan Ferko
Canada, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia / 2019 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Or / Or, Hawick, may 18
In the middle of the Teviot River in Scotland, the filmmaker saw a color in the sky like in the paintings of Gustav Klimt. He translates his amazement at this moment into fluid patterns of a digitally decomposed scene, all the way to its radical ending when the variously colored grids flowing on the screen like a calm horizon again dissolve into Klimt’s golden color. "Making films is opening my heart and letting the magical powers of life shine in my imagination to merge them in images. I try to thrill those who watch colour and time flow in my films." J. Perconte  

Or / Or, Hawick, may 18

Jacques Perconte
France / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
ONE-1-2
An algorithmic composition of 531,441 photographs taken over the course of three decades since 1985 place personal and societal events into various contexts to create a minimalist study of informational value, comprehensibility and memory of events. “After all: what is the nature of these moments/events : 9/11, Hiroshima, Buchenwald, political/economic conditions, art, family, coffee, tea, being here/there. After 531,441 pictures 1985–2015 a sum.” T. Mohr T. Mohr

ONE-1-2

Thomas Mohr
Netherlands / 2017 / 16 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."
personal program

THE WILDS

Camille Tricaud, Felix Herrmann
Germany, France / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
International 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
Exhumation
Desire without its object is like an image made unrecognizable by cutting out its parts; by scratching away part of the visible image, the image becomes a hole sliced into a pained body, fumbling about for what is missing, seeking physical contact and tangible proof of co-existence.  ""Exhumation" is my interpretation of the reports of Dali's death mask recently. I worked to physically peel back layers of representation to reveal disintegrated memories of figures that once were." D. McIntyre  

Exhumation

Daniel McIntyre
Canada / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
The End of Time
Delving for a brief moment into an everyday scene, we see various movements at various speeds and experience microstories representing the familiarity of the street. The classical technique of analytical slowing down different parts of the image at different speeds is used to capture an otherwise invisible phenomenon. “Sometimes in a flash you become aware of the fact that time does not matter.” M. Manchevski

The End of Time

Milcho Manchevski
Cuba, United States / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Where Shapes Come From
A description of non-randomness in the processes by which atoms join to form matter, accompanied by images from a museum laboratory. Subtle alterations to the real image are Formulas with scenes of a mineralogist’s work. Chemical equations and virtual bodies and shapes give form to the invisible processes involved in the creation of substances. “We spent an intensive three months as artists in residence in the Mineral Sciences Laboratory at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; this is the work that came out. The green workshop has since been redecorated and is no longer home to all these amazing curiosities.” R. Jarman, J. Gerhardt

Where Shapes Come From

SEMICONDUCTOR
United Kingdom, United States / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Out of Autofocus
An image of the sea that comes close to the boundaries of abstraction, set against a backdrop of fishing nets mounted on stilts. Birds disrupt the peace of the salty air with their unpredictable trajectories of rapid flight during which the camera fights to find a focal point, so that within the limits of its automatic functions it creates an engagingly lyrical scene. In his films, Mikhail Basov (1977) explores the interaction of consumer goods and materials in the landscape and their metaphorical implications. His works have been presented at a number of international festivals and shows such as International Video Art Biennial VIDEOAKT in Barcelona, Experimental Film Festival Portland, and Festival Art Deco de Cinema in São Paulo.“A short story about the unrequited love of a videocamera for a bird.”

Out of Autofocus

Mikhail Basov
Russia / 2016 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
For Delia
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.”

For Delia

Mary Stark
United Kingdom / 2016 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
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