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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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24 Praska St
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24 Praska St

24 Praska St

director: Patrycja Polkowska
original title: Praska 24
country: Poland
year: 2016
running time: 16 min.

synopsis

Lucyna and Krzysztof are a long-time married couple who operate a salvage yard in a socially excluded area of Łódź, Poland. Patrycja Polkowska’s observational documentary captures how the couple transforms the salvage yard every day into an eccentric microcosm where all those who are offended or humiliated can find help.

biography

Patrycja Polkowska (1989) is a Polish director and student at the Łódź film school. To date she has shot short fiction and documentary films, such as Reborn Tutorial (2013), about a factory that makes dolls that are indistinguishable from real children.

more about film

director: Patrycja Polkowska
producer: Marcin Malatynski
script: Patrycja Polkowska
photography: Miłosz Kasiura
editing: Alan Zejer
sound: Ewa Bogusz

other films in the section

Dream
A shop by the side of the road. One after another, people enter and exit the small building. The randomness and illogical nature of the action feels unreal. The sense of timelessness and of being in an unnamed place further heightens the dreamlike nature of the scene. The nearly motionless black-and-white camera records a fragment of life in a place torn from the context of the world.

Dream

Laila Pakalnina
Latvia / 2016 / 7 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Pampa del Istmo
“(Where) do the places we remember exist?” asks Camila Ausente in the opening of her ten-minute documentary search for an answer to this question. The film combines repeating images from Mexico with oral memories of her father's childhood in Argentina.

Pampa del Istmo

Camila Ausente
Argentina, Mexico / 2018 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
The Electronic Border
The documentary as a computer game – not suitable for epileptics – in a technologically remarkable abstract experimental essay. An at times madcap confession, set to the rhythm of electronic music videos, of the filmmaker's loving relationship to outdated hardware and software that speaks in the language of computers, cyborgs and dark humour."Computer games built a castle full of fantastical worlds in my mind. These have become a part of my memory. My mind makes no difference between memories of dreams and memories of computers. It makes no difference between reality and imagination."

The Electronic Border

David Elsener
Switzerland / 2012 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Amdo After Harvest
Footage of an ancient, often elemental ritual of the Tibetan community living on the far borders of China – a repeated encounter between people and the gods at harvest time. Into this tradition of sacred fire and ecstatic dancing seep modern signs and symbols such as iPods, fun fair balloons and children's t-shirt with pictures of Mickey Mouse. I pray as I walk when I spin the prayer wheel. Thick, grey smoke rises to the heavens and blood slowly drips down the forehead from the slit skin on the head. Even in traditional clothing, each generation unconsciously reveals its attributes.

Amdo After Harvest

Adam Ruszkowski
Poland / 2013 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Exit Point
An intimate look at the world of a man who lives his passion through the sense of freedom that he experiences when jumping off mountaintops or the highest buildings in the world – and when running away from prying eyes or seeking an escape route between the buildings. However, succumbing to the taste of adrenaline comes with many risks, some of them fatal.Moments of inexorable falling. "Fucking" joy that the parachute opened. Flying past waterfalls, approaching a lake, hitting the hard asphalt during nighttime jumps. Images filled with vertigo.

Exit Point

Jagoda Szelc
Poland / 2012 / 17 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Horse Riders
A pagan custom takes place alongside the traditional Easter Sunday celebrations in the Polish village of Sternalice. Rough-looking men set aside their work tools, saddle wild horses, and set off on a pilgrimage, filled with humility before God. The documentary’s visual and aural cacophony captures the ancient tradition, creating a stunning visual myth.

Horse Riders

Anna Gawlita
Poland / 2018 / 19 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
First Feature
Saudi Arabian cinema only recently emerged from thirty-five years of being an underground phenomenon. Before it was legalized, Bentley Brown used his childhood home movie camera to record filmmakers working in the town of Jeddah. The film’s melancholy mood is underscored by the voiceover of the women who form most of the film crew.

First Feature

Bentley Brown
Saudi Arabia / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
The Neighbours
This animated documentary revives the story of Rudolf Bělohoubek in the form of moving “comic” drawings with commentary. After the Second World War, the son of a Czech father and German mother witnessed the execution of his parents by the Revolutionary Guards, who even had some of the family’s neighbors amongst their ranks. 
personal program

The Neighbours

Martin Búřil
Czech Republic / 2019 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Apparition
Looking like a prince in his finely decorated outfit, the toreador's arrival in the arena has a magic effect on the thousands of impatiently waiting fans. The public's favourite is back after being seriously injured by a bull. Today, however, we will watch the corrida by observing the viewers and their kettle of emotions as it boils in static shots. A horn sounds and all goes silent. The toreador enters, and the public stands. Men and women, almost exactly 50-50. Then, sudden horror in the faces, screams, hands cover the eyes, tense expressions and nailbiting.

Apparition

Méryl Fortunat-Rossi
Belgium / 2012 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Idle by the Sea
This experimental film shows natural phenomena in their raw form. Views of the sea are a multifaceted metaphor for birth, loss, madness, and death. Archetypal sequences accompanied by a cacophony of sound blend with the filmmaker’s intimate shots. The mysteries of life are presented in nineteen minutes.

Idle by the Sea

Kinda Hassan
Lebanon, Egypt / 2017 / 19 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin
An essay filmed against the backdrop of lyrical images of feather plucking or drawing with chalk presents the clerical orders of Islamic women and how they rein in their impure desires. As a subversive element of Islamic fundamentalism, the director recites a poem by Iranian feminist writer Forough Farrokhzad.

I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin

Maryam Tafakory
Iran, United Kingdom / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
The Enemy Within Me
The story of a young girl looks into the issues surrounding the self-harm phenomenon. It seems that physical pain relieves inner anxiety and loneliness. Teenagers perceive their own bodies as the only thing they can influence and control; pain and blood can induce a sense of independence and true existence. Despite the scars all over her body, our heroine finally manages to find a way to come to terms with herself and her life.
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The Enemy Within Me

Milja Viita
Finland / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
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