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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

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The Lamp in the Ceiling
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The Lamp in the Ceiling

Anette Svane
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section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Impossibility
The goal the protagonist of the film has set for himself seems impossible to him: to contact his former partner in order to see his own son. On a deeper level, this video essay on what is and isn't possible unifies the footage it uses - videos freely accessible on YouTube and a monochromatic yellow filter through which they are presented.
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Impossibility

Leonardo Barbuy
Peru / 2019 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Zagreb Confidential - Imaginary Futures
Urbanism versus social entropy – working with this contrast, the film attempts to create an extreme portrait of one city district and one era. This experimental video full of unsettling mental and visual noise uses editing techniques based on computer algorithms to create a suggestive demonstration of the decline of the modernist idea.

Zagreb Confidential - Imaginary Futures

Darko Fritz
Croatia / 2015 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Commodity City
The Yiwu wholesale market in China is more than eight kilometres long. Short episodes follow buyers and the uncompromising negotiations between vendors. The observational documentary shows stalls so covered in goods they completely hide the vendors – and thus also the market’s other world, where their offspring spend their childhoods.

Commodity City

Jessica Kingdon
United States, China / 2016 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Butterfly Disaster
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.
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Butterfly Disaster

Caryn Cline
United States / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Pillow and Blanket
This conceptual work reconstructs the memories of a hotel room in the so-called red-light district in the city of Makati in the Philippines. The objects which dominate the author's perspective are pillows and blankets. However, extreme close-ups reveal other objects in the room and what is behind them.
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Pillow and Blanket

Jan Philippe Carpio
Philippines / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Dream
A shop by the side of the road. One after another, people enter and exit the small building. The randomness and illogical nature of the action feels unreal. The sense of timelessness and of being in an unnamed place further heightens the dreamlike nature of the scene. The nearly motionless black-and-white camera records a fragment of life in a place torn from the context of the world.

Dream

Laila Pakalnina
Latvia / 2016 / 7 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Waste no. 2 Wreck
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Waste no. 2 Wreck

Jan Ijäs
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section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Optimism
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Optimism

Deborah Stratman
United States, Canada / 2018 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
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In the Frame

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Central European Premiere
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