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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Personal Cuts

Personal Cuts

director: Sanja Iveković
original title: Osobni rezovi
country: Yugoslavia
year: 1982
running time: 4 min.

synopsis

By combining footage of herself cutting up stockings stretched over her head with various images from television, Iveković confronts social stereotypes and propaganda in Tito’s Yugoslavia with the concept of personal identity. Each new cut is followed by another piece of television footage until her entire face is revealed.

biography

Croatian photographer and sculptor Sanja Iveković (1949) is considered a pioneer of feminist art in eastern Europe. Her installations focus in particular on the role of the mass media in forming our individual identities.

more about film

director: Sanja Iveković

other films in the section

The Hands
In a short miniature, the author concentrates on her own hands as the most natural creative instrument. Zoomed shots on 8 mm film material capture the filmmaker’s hands in the process of creation. Her hands are portrayed not only as the agent of her art expression, but they themselves become an object of art. 

The Hands

Geta Brătescu
Romania / 1977 / 7 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Robber
Allegorical scenes of village life, clearly inspired by the poetic style of Parajanov, show a father and son, temptation, a deed and punishment, in the mythical setting of a garden. Scenes of country life and animal husbandry are infused with rural lyricism. Apples become figurative tools, and abundance is redeemed through crucifixion.
personal program

Robber

Roman Balaian
USSR / 1969 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Phantom Limb
The director has for the last 5 years made theatre and performance in total darkness with the aim of triggering the other senses and audience imagination. Phantom Limb his first film in this series, which mostly deals with total darkness.  We are following Mads as he enters his first regression therapy session, and gets guided into hypnosis. All recordings are real.

Phantom Limb

Thomas Østgaard
Norway / 2016 / 5 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
World Premiere
Vowels
This structuralist film translates Rimbaud’s famous sonnet onto the film screen, thus placing it within the context of cinema. Where Rimbaud associated vowels with colours, the film represents them using different forms of video manipulation or camerawork – for instance, the letter “I” is represented by a jump cut.

Vowels

Nikola Đurić
Yugoslavia / 1973 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
The Baltic Way
Two million people held hands on August 23, 1989, forming a nearly 700-kilometer-long human chain that spooled out across Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The peaceful protest against the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, signed 50 years earlier, grew into a monumental gesture of expression of moral strength by the occupied Baltic nations.

The Baltic Way

Arūnas Matelis, Audrius Stonys
Lithuania / 1990 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
My Riga
At the time this personal take on the Latvian capital and its residents was made, it radically exceeded the ideological rhetoric of contemporary works. It presented one of the first expressions of the poetic documentary film movement, which rebelled against the regime with its stylistic experiments.

My Riga

Aloizs Brenčs
Latvia / 1960 / 22 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Timing
In her structural film, Dóra Maurer is folding a white bed cover on a black backdrop. Using masks she divides the picture into segments that through the folding process create geometric compositions.

Timing

Dóra Maurer
Hungary / 1988 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Toothache

Toothache

Ragnheidur Gestsdottir
Iceland / 2011 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Open the Door to Him Who Comes
The meditative landscape of a Lithuanian village filled with silent prayer. Tree crowns, church roots, and a rural homestead offer a silent sanctuary that withstands the pressures of the totalitarian regime.  Stonys foreshadowed his cinematic liturgy of ordinariness with his directorial debut.

Open the Door to Him Who Comes

Audrius Stonys
Lithuania / 1989 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Transformation
Transformation is a short film crafted by Grzegorz G. Zgraj as part of his final student film dissertation. The film explores the structure of images and the relationship between sound and image. By using zoom and fragmented imagery alongside flute and prepared pianos, Zgraj illustrates the complexity of the visual structure.

Transformation

Grzegorz G. Zgraja
Poland / 1978 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Pillar
A static view of the swelling sea surface and a concrete pillar looming in the distance on the horizon. The permanence of the concrete dominant is in stark contrast with the dynamic movement of the water mass.

Pillar

Sigurður Guðjónsson
Iceland / 2013 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Video Manual
The use of the word manual in the film’s title is a reference both to instruction manuals and to idea of doing things by hand. In the film, Martinis holds a camera on a tripod that is aimed at the floor, all the while trying to balance it in his hand. While the camera remains static, the “moving” floor creates a visual effect bordering on vertigo.

Video Manual

Dalibor Martinis
Yugoslavia / 1978 / 1 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Evropská unie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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