24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Stories of the 20th Century: Branded for Life
director: Radim Špaček
original title: Příběhy 20. století: Život s cejchem
country: Czech Republic
running time: 26 min.
synopsisHow did people with a different sexual orientation live before the Velvet Revolution? Did they have to hide their true identity? Did they suffer legal prosecution? Former member of the Czechoslovak women’s table tennis team Jana Kociánová, government official František Bloudek, and FAMU graduate Libuše Jarcovjáková (author of a unique series of photographs from Prague’s legendary T-Club) tell their stories.
biographyRadim Špaček (1973) is a director of documentaries, fiction films, and television series. His film Walking Too Fast won five Czech Film Critics’ Awards. He helped initiate Czech Television’s LGBT-themed television magazine Q and is a co-organizer of the Bollywood Film Festival.
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|photography:||Jan Balcar, Jan Vlnas, Robert Portel, Tomáš Polenský|
other films in the section
The first-year workshop of the FAMU Documentary Department is led by Vít Klusák, who, together with his students, will present both the concept of the seminar as well as the films resulting from it during the 2015/16 academic year. Each of the five participating students will present two of their films that were selected as their final projects, as well as film exercises that generally cannot be seen outside the academy.In this year’s batch, the audience will learn what may be hidden behind the Czech terms “norník” and “ťapina”, and that the quest to find a partner may be conceived using the refined language of the silver screen. They will also see the news report from a courtroom where unscrupulous individualism comes out the winner in the form of a decadent deviation from the noble ideal of freedom… Discussion is welcome!---The Workshop is led by: Vít KlusákStudents: Jindřich Andrš, Lenka Benešová, Matouš Bičák, Eliška Cílková, Zora Čápová
Julius Varga was an atheist suffering from a terrible disease. After twenty years of being bound to his bed and imprisoned in an immobile and deformed body, he embarked on an inner spiritual journey in search of Christ. In Normalization-era Czechoslovakia, under constant surveillance by State Security, he gathered around himself a group of young people, becoming their guide and teacher in matters of life and death.
Stories of the 20th Century: The Legend of St. Julius
Czech Republic / 2016 / 26 min.
In honor of Arnošt and Jaroslava Hanibal’s wedding in September 1974, Ivan M. Jirous held the “First Festival of Other Culture” in Postupice, with the passive presence of the police. Performers included Old Teenagers, Sen Noci Svatojánské Band, Goldberg Grass Band, DG 307, Svatopluk Karásek, Charlie Soukup, and the Plastic People. The evening also featured a screening of Jan Ságl’s earlier films. The documentary opens with people gathering by the Rudolfinum in Prague, and also captures a part of the various performances. From the footage, it is evident that there were other cameramen present with 16mm film, making this one of the best-documented underground events.
Czechoslovakia / 1974 / 15 min.
This workshop will focus on capturing human movement as a form of expression that is equal to spoken and written expression. We will be especially interested in both the spontaneous and the planned use of hands as language, including the unique characteristics of the cinematic recording of the hand’s rhythm and movement. Workshop participants will watch two documentaries: In the Land of the Deaf (dir. Nicolas Philibert, 1993) and Dancing Dreams (dir. Anne Linsel and Rainer Hoffmann, 2010). The first of these (by the director of To Be and to Have) enters the world of deaf-mutes; the second off ers a look at dance rehearsals at Pina Bausch’s Kontakthof with a group of young non-professional dancers.
WORKSHOP American Culture in Contemporary Documentary Cinema
Preparations for a concert by the Plastic People and Aktual in the village of Suchá by Nejdek. The film records the arrival of the band members, moving the equipment, and setting up the stage, but not the concert itself, which took place in absolute darkness and is seen on the film only as a brief shot of someone breathing fire – one of the many pyrotechnical effects that were a part of the Plastics’ concerts. It is a momentary homage to fire-breather, stage technician, and later the drummer for DG 307, Vladimír Vyšín.
Suchá nearby Nejdek
Czechoslovakia / 1972 / 3 min.
A concert by the Plastic People and Aktual at the Music F Club on 26 February 1971 – usually called one of the key events of the Czech underground. The film captures pre-concert preparations and the concert itself, including the industrial elements of Milan Knížák’s Aktual (the use of power drill, metal percussion, various objects, and throwing rice into the audience). The second part of the film shows some of the costumes and stage designs that Jan Ságl made for the Plastics’ concerts with his wife Zorka Ságlová.
Music F Club
Czechoslovakia / 1971 / 6 min.
The works of Miloš Šejn from the 1970s represent an unusual form of landscape film. It is based on a combination of land-art and physical performance, and can be perceived as both lyrical and spontaneous, but at the same time, silenced and concentrated. It uses the camera as an extension of vision and of the body and also as a tool to capture physical contact with nature, often in conjunction with extreme physical experiences. His films testify of his own experience as well as of the role of man in the surrounding ecosystem. With the filmmaker himself acting an active participant in the event, the National Film Archive will present a selection of his newly digitized films, some of which will be screened for the first time.The Workshop is led by Martin Blažíček Through the Maple Mine, 1977, 7 min Mumlava, 1978, 7 min Zívr's Prachov Rocks, 1978, 7 min Journey, 1979, 7 min Ravine, 1979, 23 min Braun's Nativity Scene, 1985, 3 min
Miloš Šejn: Stream, Tree and Stone
Czech Republic / 90 min.
Jan and Adam Novák’s documentary comedy offers a look at army hockey under socialism. Through intimate interviews and selected gems from the Army Film Archives, they introduce us to the mentality of Czechoslovakia’s hockey soldiers and officers. Czechoslovakia’s most famous hockey players and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff explain what it was like to train and play for the army’s hockey clubs, what units they served with and what their role in the event of war would have been, how they were promoted, and how they smuggled glassware, vodka, money, and hockey pucks through the Iron Curtain in order to bring laundry detergent back home. About mass “socialist” weddings of players, about breathalyzer tests before Sunday practice, about fulfilling their commitments and going to interrogations.
Jan Novák: Guns, Pucks, Beer, and Dogs
The exhibition Video Day, the first collective presentation of video art in the Czech lands, took place on June 11, 1989 at Julius Fučík Culture and Relaxation Centre (today’s Prague Exhibition Grounds) as part of the annual presentation of the Czech Association of Visual Artists. The exhibition Video Day 1989/2018 was a reconstruction of the original 1989 exhibition which took place on September 4, 2018. Martin Mazanec as the curator came up with an idea of initiating a debate on historical forms of presentation, but also on potential preservation of moving images. The reasons why video art has been up to now avoided by large numbers of institutions and artists may be illustrated within areas representing the clash between socio-cultural and economic circumstances of the origination and existence of individual works of art. Discussion with invited guests will be accompanied by fragments of works by artists exhibiting back in 1989: Věra Geislerová & René Slauka, Václav Hodan, Roman Milerský, 5D studio (Tomáš Kepka, Michal Pacina, Marta Karoliová), Radek Pilař, Pavel Scheufler, Petr Skala, Lucie Svobodová, Ivan Tatíček and Jaroslav Vančát.
Video Day 1989/2018
Czech Republic / 90 min.
Traveler and director Dan Přibáň crisscrosses the world with his crew in yellow trabants and provides fresh information from around the world. His last trip will lead us to China, which will be topis of his workshop. We will talk about absurdities, which look comical for outside observers, but are a harsh reality for ordinary local people.
Yellow Circus versus Red China
Czech Republic / 90 min.
Knihovna Václava HavlaKateřinská 18 | 120 00 Praha 2Tel.: +420 222 220 112Fax: +420 222 212 firstname.lastname@example.org
WORKSHOP Václav Havel
Czech Republic / 120 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