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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Ugo Petronin
original title: abiding
country: Netherlands
year: 2019
running time: 5 min.

synopsis

A visual miniature made of a single image strip, evokes the process of wandering through the landscape through both captured images and through images made by motion of their individual parts, resourcefully putting in use optic features of film imprint in order to let the scenes disappear in the structure of the material by blurring and slurring their outlines.

“I build shutterless cameras to bypass sequential frame-by-frame recording and document reality using an uninterrupted flow of light. The world appears melted together in a single image shifting in time.” U. Petronin

biography

French visual artist and filmmaker Ugo Petronin (1985) lives and works in Rotterdam. Although he studied sociology and anthropology first, he ultimately graduated in film and visual art studies. In his current research, he focuses on issues of sequential character of in making a film, using the method of combining individual photographs into continuous motion.

more about film

director: Ugo Petronin
producer: Ugo Petronin

other films in the section

For Delia
Made on 35mm film without the use of a camera, this film is dedicated to British musician and composer of electronic and concrete music Delia Derbyshire. The filmmaker works with drawings of Derbyshire’s scores and visualizations of her sound and music inventions, accompanied by a musical collage of sound compositions for theater performances. British filmmaker Mary Stark’s artistic roots are in textile design, which she uses as inspiration for her films. Her audiovisual works experiment with the sounds of factories and recording and projection equipment. Besides making films, she also creates audiovisual installations in which she works with the human body, light, shadow, and the materiality of the filmstrip.“My approach is led by directly handling the filmstrip and considering film as a sculptural mass, exploring how it can be presented as a visible tactile material and placed centre stage.”

For Delia

Mary Stark
United Kingdom / 2016 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Twenty Nine Minutes at Sea
Other possibilities of the sea. Digital impressionism, expressed through a patient deconstruction of the image into moving colours, set to the subtle sound of a never-ceasing wind. The rocking motion, further emphasized by contemplating slowness, evokes a sense of the permanently changing waves. “It is a long and deep inner journey in our relationship with violence and memory. Digital moving images are made to maintain information stable. But we can break it. ” J. Perconte

Twenty Nine Minutes at Sea

Jacques Perconte
France / 2016 / 30 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Untitled, 1925, Part Three
“When I close my eyes, everything remains the same”, says the filmmaker at the start of her work, which records places in the Andes as she retraces the journey her Romanian-Jewish grandfather undertook in 1925 in order to acquire Peruvian citizenship, which allowed him to save his family from Europe twelve years later. “An atmospheric and meditative film. A journey that revives and confronts memory and reality. The film was shot on a 16mm high contrast film stock which has sadly been discontinued.” M. Piller

Untitled, 1925, Part Three

Madi Piller
Canada / 2017 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
The Pit
Contemporary and archival footage of the Berkeley Pit, an open pit copper mine in Montana – today filled with contaminated water – is chemically altered using poisonous substances from this water containing copper, arsenic, cadmium, zinc, and sulfuric acid in order to call attention to the destructive consequences of mining. “The film shows the destructive consequences of mine waste through a variety of photochemical processes using the same contaminants found in the water of the pit.“ J. Gerlach
personal program

The Pit

Jona Gerlach
United States / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Who's Afraid Of RGB
Another contribution of this authoress to the reflection of genre films, this time dealing with romantic melodrama, confronts the expressive character of the film medium with the viewers’ perception in radical juxtapositions of eyes closely observing the movie Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and spots of red, green and blue colours that bite into them accompanied by harrowing noises and music. “Who's Afraid of RGB plays with self-referentiality in art, with the relation between artwork and viewer, references to other works of art and to scientific fields, as here to psychophysiology.” B. Roisz 
personal program

Who's Afraid Of RGB

Billy Roisz
Austria / 2019 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
African Film School
Found 8mm home movies from safaris in South Africa and Zimbabwe in the 1960s – i.e., during the apartheid era. The filmmaker finds inspiration in Peter Kubelka’s avant-garde work Unsere Afrikareise and uses montage and editing to critically refl ect on the colonial representation of the African landscape. “Having lived in South Africa for almost a decade, I wanted to find an abstract way to reflect on my journey as a filmmaker and highlight my concerns regarding the visual misrepresentations of Southern Africa.” R. Horn

African Film School

Roger Horn
South Africa / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
#57
A visualization of the workings of the high-frequency oscillators once used to test military sonars and medical ultrasound devices is juxtaposed with abstract illustrations of a Chinese mathematician’s differential equations, and their visualization through analogue computer processes shows the subtle exactness of changing textures.  "Technology is a deforming mirror that shows us what humans think and do. For that reason I make my work in a dialogue with machines that I develop myself, trying to learn from what they tell us." J. Rekveld

#57

Joost Rekveld
Netherlands / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates
The color of skin and of film become the center of discourse: The filmmaker’s mixed-race background is reflected in imprints of the landscape and ruptures within it, but also in the color of the faded Kodachrome film, whose typical visual characteristics have dissolved in time. Hues are barely visible and only with difficulty capture the image of a body that does not fall into any clear categories.  "Where does film fail or resist us? Working on celluloid I make images which affirm mixed race culture and the cultural in between." R. Storr  

The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates

Rhea Storr
United Kingdom / 2018 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
3 Dreams of Horses
Raw film material consists in part of gelatin, which is made of the skin and bones of animals, including horses. The traces of light that shape our audiovisual dreams are thus imprinted on parts of animal bodies. Through the subtle use of audio, this found-footage collage focuses on images of the horse as an attraction, an animal of burden, and a mythological creature.  "In 1900 there were 130,000 working horses in Manhattan. Horses were a central part of our lives. Jeremy Bentham: "The question is not: can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?" M. Hoolboom  

3 Dreams of Horses

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2018 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
The Will
A meditative evocation of the South Korean “Candlelight Revolution” in the winter of 2016/17. The hybrid mosaic, in which archival and contemporary footage is altered by visual manipulation and performative moments, shows artifacts, situations, and gestures reflecting the desire for political change.  "The sense of vulnerability facing the unimaginable change made it only possible to borrow the quotations from the past and the future." S. Kim, J. Cho  

The Will

Jenny Cho, Sungeun Kim
South Korea / 2018 / 20 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower
An archeological collage of observations of the traces left by life on the landscape, combined with reflections on ephemerality and historical legacy, set to a music-and-noise composition. Motifs of reincarnation and a possible return, collected while traveling through the former Yugoslavia, culminate with a visit to an abandoned family farm, now accessible only by illegally crossing the border to the European Union. “Through collaborative ways of experiencing how history collides with the present, my work embraces the complexity of a landscape while in the process questioning my own nostalgic and desiring gaze.” R. Ferko
personal program

Hrvoji, Look at You from the Tower

Ryan Ferko
Canada, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia / 2019 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Out of Autofocus
An image of the sea that comes close to the boundaries of abstraction, set against a backdrop of fishing nets mounted on stilts. Birds disrupt the peace of the salty air with their unpredictable trajectories of rapid flight during which the camera fights to find a focal point, so that within the limits of its automatic functions it creates an engagingly lyrical scene. In his films, Mikhail Basov (1977) explores the interaction of consumer goods and materials in the landscape and their metaphorical implications. His works have been presented at a number of international festivals and shows such as International Video Art Biennial VIDEOAKT in Barcelona, Experimental Film Festival Portland, and Festival Art Deco de Cinema in São Paulo.“A short story about the unrequited love of a videocamera for a bird.”

Out of Autofocus

Mikhail Basov
Russia / 2016 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
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