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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Still Life of Vera
The Still Life of Vera
The Still Life of Vera

The Still Life of Vera

director: Greta Stocklassa
original title: Pohledy na Věru Bechyňovou
country: Czech Republic
year: 2015
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

The lost magic of postcards is explored on film in this FAMU student exercise. A mosaic composed of seasonal motifs and short messages illustrates the relationship of several people to Věra. The passage of time is shown only by the change in the heads of state on the postage stamps. Will the mysterious recipient be found?

DETAIL:
“My dear Mrs. Bechyňová, I found a box with 254 postcards in an antique bookshop on Spálená Street. They were all addressed to you and were being sold for one crown each. P.S. Is anything wrong with you?”

biography

Greta Stocklassa comes from a Czech-Swedish family. She addressed the theme of family relationships extending geographically and culturally between these two countries in her film Emma má mámu, which was presented at the 2014 IDFF in the Workshop: FAMU section.

more about film

director: Greta Stocklassa
producer: Marek Jindra
photography: Tomáš Daliman
sound: Viera Marinová

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Matt Houghton
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section: Short Joy
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Anna Gawlita
Poland / 2018 / 19 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks
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An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks

Adéla Komrzý
Czech Republic / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
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Lotus

Mohammadreza Vatandoust
Iran / 2018 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Nevermore
The quick and instinctive process of action painting creates a large-format black-and-white picture whose splatters, splashes, scratches, drips, and brush strokes bring to life excerpts from the poem The Raven, which – like a magic incantation amidst an abstract chaos of sounds and words – accompanies the artist’s inimitable physical performance. Images of a concentrated face, a tin can, and paint-covered fingers. A venose hand that guides the paint dripping from the wooden spatula. The squinting eyes of an open mind. The pace quickens, and the urgency of the voice increases the tension of the creative moment blessed by the work of art.

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Jan van IJken
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section: Short Joy
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The Lamp in the Ceiling
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The Lamp in the Ceiling

Anette Svane
Norway / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Short Joy
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Exit Point
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Exit Point

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J Ashlee
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The Green Serpent – Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams

Benny Jaberg
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section: Short Joy
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Charby Ibrahim
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section: Short Joy
European Premiere
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In 1975, Czech professor of economics Karel Žlábek, in collaboration with engineers from Pragoprojekt, designed and calculated the shortest route for linking Czechoslovakia with the Adriatic Sea via a tunnel. The plan called for spoilage from the tunnel – which would have led beneath the territories of Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Slovenia – to be used to construct an artificial island in the Adriatic Sea. The island, which was to be called Adriaport, would have belonged to Czechoslovakia. This scripted documentary tells the story of professor Žlábek's meeting with President Gustáv Husák in order to convince him of his vision.

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