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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Blue sky from pain

Blue sky from pain

director: Hyacinthe Pavlides, Stephanos Mangriotis
original title: Blue sky from pain
country: Greece, France
year: 2016
running time: 14 min.

synopsis

This film gives one of the many refugees who were unjustly imprisoned in detention centers located close to European borders a chance to tell his story. His horrifying experience is reflected in the static, well-composed, deep focus shots, which reveal traces of lingering suffering in the abandoned buildings.

biography

Stephanos Mangriotis is a French filmmaker of Greek origin. His works are focused on the topic of immigrants in Europe and their experiences. He made Blue Sky from Pain in collaboration with Hyacinthe Pavlides and Laurence Pillant.

more about film

director: Hyacinthe Pavlides, Stephanos Mangriotis
cast: Georges Daaboul
producer: Stephanos Mangriotis
photography: Stephanos Mangriotis
editing: Hyacinthe Pavlides, Stephanos Mangriotis
sound: Alex Frigoult

other films in the section

Coal & Cossacks
A festive parade of Cossacks, solid in their pride, flows down the street in slow motion just as the coal flows down the conveyer belt. In all its massive and monstrous beauty, the giant steel mining equipment represents strength and security just as the Cossack army under God’s protection. A group of Cossacks, priests and boys halts before a church. Sabres touch the children’s shoulders and the boy is kissed. He wipes his lips with a handkerchief. A small festive moment, like when the coal is transported to the harbour.

Coal & Cossacks

Frédéric Cousseau
France / 2013 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
The Hypothesis
The film’s creator, in the role of an earthling walking the streets of Paris, asks the eternal question: Are we alone in the universe? While attempting to find the truth and therefore quiet the constant musings, the filmmaker holds interviews with astrophysicist Nicolas Prantzos, science historian Florence Raulin Cerceau, and sociologist Pierre Lagrange.

The Hypothesis

Bruno Saboia
France / 2018 / 20 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)
This documentary combines interviews with participants in ethnographic research led by the filmmaker personally with footage of his own personal reflections and insights. The recordings, gathered during the three years prior to the end of the authoritarian regime of Zimbabwean president Mugabe, is accompanied by 8mm footage of Rhodesia.

Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)

Roger Horn
South Africa, Zimbabwe / 2018 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Mečiar
The symbol of a divided Czechoslovakia. An authoritarian autocrat whom everyone has forgotten about. The film follows Vladimír Mečiar in his retirement, in villa, alone. His two opponents watch him on film. Where did Slovakia’s schizophrenia start? In his Villa Elektra, Mečiar is building his own little Slovakia: Hlinka, Jesus, and sausages. Privatization, kidnappings, and the night of long knives. What really happened in Slovakia in the 1990s?

Mečiar

Tereza Nvotova
Czechoslovakia / 2013 / 40 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Calling Ukraine
An older woman living in Latvia regularly Skypes with her sister and daughter, who are stranded in the war zone in Eastern Ukraine, helplessly listening to their woes. Close-ups of her troubled face alternating with photographs from her family archives testify to the impact of armed conflict on specific human fates.DETAIL:“In some neighbourhoods people have been hiding in basements since August 3rd. Without water. Without electricity. We had electricity for 24 hours. And then the Ukrainian army blew it up again.”

Calling Ukraine

Jean Counet
Netherlands / 2015 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Mud road
A three-hundred-kilometer unmaintained dirt road is the only way to reach the nearest hospital from a remote African village. Through naturalistic observational camerawork, the film captures the journey of an ambulance driver in southern Ethiopia struggling to overcome all possible obstacles in order to safely deliver a laboring woman to the doctors.
personal program

Mud road

Francesco De Giorgi
Ethiopia, Italy / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
On Guard
The film is a skit on the parallels between a caretaker and a security guard embodied by the character of a young man who keeps watching over everything all the time. Repetitive and automated everyday tasks are accentuated by monotonous aesthetics of the camera and a slow-moving pace, introducing the audience into the world of Korean pragmatic mentality and sense of responsibility. 
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On Guard

Jeamin Cha
South Korea / 2018 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
European 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
<3 / Less Than Three
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<3 / Less Than Three

Jorė Janavičiūtė
Lithuania / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
Benghazi Stories
Three micro-stories from contemporary Libya – specifically the town of Benghazi, stigmatised by the terrorist attack on the American consulate and the death of the American ambassador – present the city during a time of change and offer a look at the life of a used-car salesman, a fisherman on the sea, and a young doctor as she learns to drive a car. Seen from the air, the cars covered in a fine layer of dust and sand look like toy cars lined up on a shelf. In the words of the jovial salesman, "you can still smell the factory."

Benghazi Stories

Omar Bushiha, Farag Akwedir, Ibrahim Algouri
United Kingdom, Libya / 2012 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Ma
This film is the video diary of a Ukrainian mother from Mariupol, a city close to the turbulent Donetsk Region. A series of several-minute long records of commonplace views from a window, following tracks in the snow, and strolls in the surroundings form a loving visual message for her daughter in Kyiv.

Ma

Maria Stoianova
Ukraine / 2017 / 17 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Lotus
After a dam flooded a village in northern Iran, one island remained. There’s a grave on it. On a hill above the new lake, an old woman looks out at it. An intimate look at the daily routine of an Iranian woman who has survived modestly for twelve years alone in a house at the base of the mountain.  She waits for permission to visit the island.

Lotus

Mohammadreza Vatandoust
Iran / 2018 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
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