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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Engram of Returning

Engram of Returning

director: Daïchi Saïto
original title: Engram of Returning
country: Canada
year: 2015
running time: 18 min.

synopsis

Fragmentary images reflect the ability of the neural network to preserve an imprint of what we see (even if as a mere flash) and provide a strong visual experience from specific found motifs that dissolve into their constituent parts, while encouraging moments of intense introspection and leaving room for our imagination, all of it presented as a provocative dialogue with immediate memory. Daïchi Saïto hails from Japan but studied literature, Hindi, and Sanskrit in the USA. He first started working with film in Montreal, where he co-founded the Double Negative art group. He is an author of many short films and video installations. Jihlava IDFF screened his rees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (2009).

“My films d on’t talk about so cial or political issues, but instead it is important for me to think about the mode of filmmaking as having so cial and political implications.”

biography

Fragmentary images reflect the ability of the neural network to preserve an imprint of what we see (even if as a mere flash) and provide a strong visual experience from specific found motifs that dissolve into their constituent parts, while encouraging moments of intense introspection and leaving room for our imagination, all of it presented as a provocative dialogue with immediate memory. Daïchi Saïto hails from Japan but studied literature, Hindi, and Sanskrit in the USA. He first started working with film in Montreal, where he co-founded the Double Negative art group. He is an author of many short films and video installations. Jihlava IDFF screened his rees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (2009).

more about film

director: Daïchi Saïto
producer: Daïchi Saïto

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An Aviation Field
Observing a volcanic crater opens up a narrative filled with allusions and intimations that create an imaginary city along the lines of the metropolis of Brasilia inside the Cape Verdean volcano Pico de Fogo. A projection of an urban plan creates a world of possible stories, while shots of the urban model take us on a walk along the geometry of the city where even the cloud cover has been calculated. Portuguese filmmaker Joana Pimenta (1986) lives and works in the USA and Brazil. Her films and video installations work with techniques from visual anthropology. Previously at Jihlava, she showed her film debut The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees (2014), in which she used invented memories to construct a dream correspondence between the Madeira islands and the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique.“There I found myself, time traveler, space archaeolo gist, trying to rebuild exoticism out of wrecks and remainders.”

An Aviation Field

Joana Pimenta
Portugal, United States, Brazil / 2016 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
JEAN LUC NANCY
A miniature inspired by the leading contemporary French philosopher. The fragility of examining the possibilities of uniqueness and subordination in relation to something different. Objects here do not function as symbols; a crystal pendulum and anonymous figures highlight the multitude of loopholes and fundamental non-discursiveness of expressing delicate subjectivities. "The film is about the duality of one’s search for their own individuality versus the desire to belong." A. Zwirchmayr  

JEAN LUC NANCY

Antoinette Zwirchmayr
Austria / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Latency Contemplation 3
The disappearance of flowing textures of fluid and rocky landscapes alternates with patterns set in a grid of homogenous horizontals in a simple lyricism of hypnotic image and sound compositions and views of unexpected rhythms in flowing montages. "My ongoing questioning of the oscillations between my internal visions and the outer world comes with its own intrinsic intuition and metamorphoses my perceptions." S. Cho  

Latency Contemplation 3

Seoungho Cho
United States, South Korea / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Fields in Mist
Patiently persistent mist conceals trees in the Eden River valley in northwestern England in a restless image draws the viewer’s attention to the visible image field, while its frame emphasizes the border of the unseen in the phenomenological stillness of the implied landscape. John Woodman (1948) focuses on experimental film and video art, about which he has even written a number of books (Structure of Chance, In Search of the Sacred, Sequences). One of the primary themes of his work is landscape and how it is differently perceived in relation to time, season, and light. His work has been presented at many international festivals.“Fields in Mist, filmed through heavy fo g, is an investigation of light, duration, revelation, visual appearance and disappearance. The scene is gradually revealed and then obscured by mist presenting a reflexive and contemplative viewing experience.”

Fields in Mist

John Woodman
United Kingdom / 2015 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Pixel Jungle
This view of a city, its houses, the seashore, and orange groves – all of it transformed into colors and shapes – was created by digitally enlarging 35mm footage of Madrid in order to create abstract graphic patterns that were printed, like photograms, onto transparent strips and pasted directly onto 16mm film. Spanish filmmaker and photographer Klara Ravat (1986), lives and works in Berlin. Her films explore the interrelationship between memories and the present day, address the way in which archetypal patterns affect human behavior, and work with the concept of landscape as a painted canvas. Her installations (such as Connected Smells) explore the ability of smell to mediate hidden experiences and memories.“The grain of one image originates airy particles that impregnate our vision. The images become the smell of night at the coastal town...”

Pixel Jungle

Klara Ravat
Germany, Spain / 2015 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
THE WILDS
A philosophical portrait of situationalists Herbert Holl and Kza Han, who believe in revolution through art. They live on an island where they have written poems and translated the work of Alexander Kluge. Together they enter a landscape with gestures and artifacts as their considerations for symbols and individuality permeate though film sketches from their everyday life."We love Herbert and Kza’s way of thinking. So we tried to traslate that in little performance. Each day we came up with a strange idea. They were surprised, but always put confidence in us."
personal program

THE WILDS

Camille Tricaud, Felix Herrmann
Germany, France / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Nutrition Fugue
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Nutrition Fugue

Péter Lichter
Hungary / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
8th October 2016
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8th October 2016

Péter Lichter, Bori Máté
Hungary / 2016 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Wanderlust Iteration #1
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Wanderlust Iteration #1

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Synthetic-free
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Synthetic-free

Yoshiki Nishimura
Japan / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Heavy Eyes Remastered
Consistent manipulation of found footage showing people and faces in an urban landscape dissolved their movements into visual echoes. The melancholy remnants of the original film are subjected to the digital poetry of blurriness and the loss of meaning, gestures, and physical movements. “Producing a film includes the process of creating copies. Duplication is built into the medium itself. The change in to new form creates a different experience, though nothing has changed in the content.” S. A. Fruhauf

Heavy Eyes Remastered

Siegfried Alexander Fruhauf
Austria / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
La Mesa
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La Mesa

Adrian Garcia Gomez
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section: Fascinations
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