24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Ivo Bystřičan
original title: Otevřená pevnost
country: Czech Republic
running time: 52 min.
synopsisThe film deals with events at Masaryk University in Brno during one academic year against the background of annual celebrations of historic events that helped to shape the academy’s present orientation. Through a large number of annual events and rituals with graduation ceremonies as their peak, the film asks questions about the continuity of university traditions and whether they still hold their original meaning: a quest to seek truth in the free world populated by students and professors. The film will be co-screened with Universities and Freedom. A Q&A session with guests is planned after the screening.
biographyScreenwriter and director Ivo Bystřičan (1980) deals with social and political issues. His films include: My Latest 150.000 Cigarettes (2013), Byeway (2014) or History of Disobedience (2017).
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This filmed survey of second-year students of the Documentary Department explores the conflicts that arise when a woman wants to study, possibly even set out along an academic career path, but at the same time longs to properly care for her family and children. The scenes portray the efforts of the female students, and their off-screen statements are interspersed with a contemporary commentary.
Czechoslovakia / 1966 / 7 min.
While on a trip with Ivan M. Jirous, Jan Ságl came across several dozen metal printers’ plates hanging out in the open landscape. A much-needed product in samizdat circles, the plates were being used to scare away birds. The film shows a sun-drenched landscape with scattered silver points arranged in random constellations like some kind of land-art. It is loosely inspired by Zorka Ságlová landscape interventions, which Jan Ságl regularly helped to realize and document in his photographs, and in which a large role is played by the juxtaposition of the landscape with objects of a more geometric nature
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 11 min.
The “Dumpling Feast” was a private event held at the home of Dana and Jiří Němec on Prague’s Ječná Street. The idea for the event came from Ivan M. Jirous, who held the family’s dumpling recipe. Besides showing several people cooking and an improvised concert, the film’s main focus is on a “happening” by Jan Steklík and Karel Nepraš of the Crusader School of Pure Humor Without Jokes – the “measuring of the food.”
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 9 min.
This visually refined film about the casting of bells is also a meditative portrayal of rhythm and time, physical matter, and the possibilities of narrative film. It is a conscious continuation of the legacy left by Jiří Lehovec.
Casting of Time
Czechoslovakia / 1970 / 9 min.
A glimpse into the extraordinary life of a person who far exceeded the conventional perception of what a scientist is: he walked barefoot through the countryside wearing a pilgrim’s hooded cloak, engaged in passionate discussions that lasted for hours, joked and laughed, always friendly, interested in talking to anyone about anything. Tomáš Škrdlant presents materials for the documentary film that they worked on together over the course of many years. Tomáš Daněk presents the scientific and philosophical works of Zdeněk Neubauer. ---Dílnu vedou / The Workshop is led by: Tomáš Škrdlant, Tomáš Daněk
The Joy of Thinking. The Life of Philosopher, Scientist, Poet, and Prophet Zdeněk Neubauer
This graduate project film uses zoom shots delving deep into the landscape to bring images of a smoking chimney and large mining wheel excavators. This portrayal of objects embedded in a landscape gradually being taken over by the army is a colorful visual poem presenting in-depth views of the life of passive nature, which is in sharp contrasting with iconic symbols of civilization.
Czechoslovakia / 1965 / 8 min.
An opening reception for an exhibition of jugs by ceramic artist František Maxera is slowly transformed into a wild alcohol-fueled party with an acoustic concert by the members of the Plastic People. Recorded at the U Lojzy pub in Prague’s Vinohrady district.
Jugs of Franz Maxera at Hospoda U Lojzy
Czechoslovakia / 1973 / 9 min.
It is the late 1980s. Petr Mička and Jirka Imlauf are friends at the Faculty of Education in Ústí nad Labem. Two years still remain before the Velvet Revolution. What could their random participation in an unpermitted protest possibly achieve? And what happens after a random look into the Cibulka List of supposed collaborators 20 years later?
Stories of the 20th Century: Agent Vian
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
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Video Day 1989/2018
Czech Republic / 90 min.
Heaven is an emerging feature-length documentary telling a story of 21st century China through an orphanage in a small village in northern China. The orphanage, which was founded and is run by Catholic nuns, formally illegal in China, accommodates over 100 children. All of them suff er from mental or physical disability. While the fi lm addresses, directly and indirectly, some of the biggest topics of modern China: one child policy, human rights, a lack freedom of religion, corruption or deterioration of human values in a communist regime, it is also a story about love
Tomáš Etzler: Heaven
Czech Republic, China / 80 min.
Work in Progress
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Vlado, Marienka, Jojo and Grandfather
Czechoslovakia / 1965 / 21 min.