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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Isle of the Dead
Isle of the Dead
Isle of the Dead
Isle of the Dead

Isle of the Dead

director: Benjamin Nuel
original title: L’île des morts
country: France
year: 2018
running time: 8 min.

synopsis

A virtual interpretation of a famous work by Arnold Böcklin, a Swiss symbolist painter, creates a fantastic world of the 1883 painting as a space of timelessness and a poetic existence during the boat trip with Charon the ferryman. The musical accompaniment is Rachmaninoff's symphonic poem inspired by the same painting.

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director: Benjamin Nuel
producer: Oriane Hurard

other films in the section

The Scream
Norwegian painter Edvard Munch created three versions of The Scream, one of the most important Expressionist paintings, between 1893 and 1910. Here it’s the starting point for a suggestive spatial and interactive examination of darkness, inspirations, and interpretations of this embodiment of internal and external terror.

The Scream

charles ayats, Sandra PAUGAM
France / 2019 / 15 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Iceman VR
Ötzi the Iceman is the most famous mummy in the world - 5300 years old. A look at the Neolithic period and, using scientifically verified reconstructions, how Ötzi most likely lived and what difficulties he met with in his life. 

Iceman VR

Eric Benz, Jan Krueger
Germany / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Unframed – The Intimacies
A visually unique presentation of woodcuts by Swiss artist Félix Vallotton. The woman portrayed in his works reflects on the way the scenes from a story of love and betrayal are depicted. This work is an essay on intimacy and its portrayal.

Unframed – The Intimacies

Félix Vallotton
2018 / 6 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Battle Hymn
This close-up observation of the dramatic situations and everyday activities experienced by Israeli soldiers represents the director’s appeal for dialogue, mutual understanding, and empathy as possible paths towards ending political conflict.

Battle Hymn

Yair Agmon
Israel / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Virtual Reality
After the Fallout
A surrealistic work inspired by the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant. The documentary takes us close to the power plant ten years later, where we encounter difficult human destinies, cruelty, loss and attempts to restore the balance between life and death.   

After the Fallout

Sam Wolson
United States, Switzerland / 2019 / 13 min.
section: Virtual Reality
The Key
An interactive experience that builds a poetic space with abstract beings, where it then explore the concepts of safety and home. Viewers follow a metaphorical dream path whose pitfalls and obstacles help them to analyze questions and decisions related to closeness, loss, and togetherness.

The Key

Celine Tricart
United States / 2019 / 15 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Unrest VR
A stunning rendition of the situation - a person tied by disease to a bed, based on documentation of neurosensory responses to pain or fainting. The viewer goes through difficult-to-imagine situations while experiencing the freedom of floating in their own inner landscape. 

Unrest VR

Jennifer Brea, Amaury La Burthe
United States, France, United Kingdom / 2017 / 20 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Through the Masks of Luzia
A celebration of Mexican culture based on the famous Cirque du Soleil show leads the viewer through Mayan ideas about life after life, a celebration of the Tarahumara people, spectacular wilderness and exuberantly imaginative images.

Through the Masks of Luzia

Paul Raphaël, Félix Lajeunesse, Francois Blouin
United States, Canada / 2017 / 14 min.
section: Virtual Reality
The Bridge
A visual reconstruction of a 40,000 km run around the world, in which watercolors depict a system of bridges surrounded by the echoes of figures wandering through forest, oil fields, and oceans, through changing natural and industrial landscapes.

The Bridge

Nikita Shalenny
Ukraine, Denmark / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Kinshasa Now
35,000 children accused of witchcraft and rejected by their families try to survive on the streets of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Using virtual reality, viewers can immerse themselves in the streets of Kinshasa where they see for themselves the difficulties of a child who has lost a family.   
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Kinshasa Now

Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Belgium / 2020 / 25 min.
section: Virtual Reality
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Wo Sheng Ming Zhong De 60 Miao
A documentary about what individuals and families went through during the COVID-19 pandemic across China. At a time when social distance is becoming the norm, this film connects our lives in virtual space and preserves the shared memory of humanity.   

Wo Sheng Ming Zhong De 60 Miao

Wan Daming
China / 2020 / 25 min.
section: Virtual Reality
Bloodless
This story traces the footsteps of a prostitute who was brutally murdered by an American solider in 1992. Filmed in the vicinity of the American military base where the crime took place, in Dongducheon Camptown in South Korea, it shows where she spend the last hours of her life. 

Bloodless

Gina Kim
South Korea, United States / 2017 / 12 min.
section: Virtual Reality
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