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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Release on Command: The theme of group therapy and exercise in the works of contemporary artists.
Release on Command: The theme of group therapy and exercise in the works of contemporary artists.

Release on Command: The theme of group therapy and exercise in the works of contemporary artists.

original title: Přikázané uvolnění. Motiv skupinové terapie a cvičení v dílech současných umělců
running time: 90 min.

synopsis

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The common denominator of the videos is the theme of therapeutic or relaxation exercise, the goal of which is to release mental and physical tension. In each of these works, however, a critical sting can be observed, honed by the frustrations of man in today’s world – whether they’re related to politics, interpersonal relations, or pressures at work. The transfer of these videos from a gallery context into a cinema changes the viewers’ experiences: the viewer is confronted with the images more urgently, they feel the tension building and releasing, and hence empathy with those observed.

The series of videos was developed in cooperation with the Jindřich Chalupecký Society. Curated by Tereza Jindrová (Jindřich Chalupecký Society) as part of her research while organizing the exhibition Healing, dedicated to the topic of health in contemporary art.

Prezentovaná díla:

Migra jóga / Migra Yoga
Czech Republic, 2012, 10 min.
Director: Markéta Magidová

Prvotní promluva / Primal Speech
United States, 2016, 12min.
Director: Liz Magic Laser

Někdy se cítí skoro šťastně / Sometimes They Almost Feel Happy
Czech Republic, 2015, 9 min.
Director: Barbora Kleinhamplová

Společně 2017 / Together 2017
United Kingdom, 2017, 10 min.
Directors: Lucy Beech & Edward Thomasson

Dvě minuty / Two Minutes
Czech Republic, 2016, 6 min.
Director: Jakub Jansa

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personal program

Sparkly shiny brightly see, kaleidoscope grows from ears

Tereza Chudáčková, Klára Ondračková
Czech Republic / 2020 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Exhausted Sun
A mysterious cinematic poem about remembering a long-lost summer afternoon. Disturbing abstract details of natural elements permeate the metaphor of a children's game, passing in a contemplative vision of the spiritual essence of light and darkness, in which opposites eventually dissolve into units of primal matter.

Exhausted Sun

Tomas Rampula
Czech Republic / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Anomaly
A metacommentary movie about a movie, in which the director and the cameraman are filming a report about the extinction of butterflies and ecosystem collapse, while in the editing room they polemise about ways to communicate clearly and comment on their dramaturgical decisions, as well as express frustration with the difficulty of reaching a modern audience with more complex communication.

Anomaly

Eva Lammelová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 22 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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This thought experiment, based on Brůha's kinetic sculptures, views time as a landscape. Eerie images of rocks submerged in fog represent an anonymous characterless space. The stone terrain becomes a face into the wrinkles of which time is written as the metaphysical plane of material existence.   "According to Augustine, time is not just the movement of celestial bodies, but rather an idea, a being, a metaphysical category, an environment." Resonare de INTER Solaris
personal program

Resonare De INTER Solaris

Kryštof Brůha
Czech Republic / 2020 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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Moss Ball
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Moss Ball

Anežka Horová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Nobody needs to know about this, he said
Personal testimony about the process of trauma treatment. The feelings of loss and   insignificance are the realities of our everyday lives. There are some unprocessed emotions that need their space and reason. How does the personal artwork becomes political? What is depoliticizes it? What is our relationship with pain and our own body in context of accepting ourselves? Is it possible to transform pain into a positive signal of being alive? In it possible to breathe to self-consciousness?  To experience a trauma again intentionally can help with letting go however it often remains not solved by society.  Recasting of emotional and mental material from apathy and resignation to a hidden intimate confession and call for a change of society and a collective transformation of shame to pride, anger to strength and pain to sympathy.  
personal program

Nobody needs to know about this, he said

Ester Grohová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Dare Nativitatis
This intimate essay presents the inner experiences of pregnant woman before and during childbirth. As she tries to come to terms with physical pain and as she mentally processes the situation, more complex questions arise as well. A documentary record mixed with questions and visions that reflect the mind and brain of a birthing woman.

Dare Nativitatis

Eliška Cílková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 14 min.
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World Premiere
Below the Black Sun
Short postdigital meteorological film poem about black sun and its light, mostly composed of manipulated found footage materials combined with original music. The main storyline is derived from the remixed section of the 1967 film Above the Horizon by American meteorological company.

Below the Black Sun

Kilián Kuděla
Czech Republic / 2018 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Binary Revolver
Mona Lisa for robots. A series of moving images created using binary operations in an open source software program called Revolver, which is similar to image synthesizers in which text instructions are transformed into visual data. The soundtrack was created by recycling pixels and converting color values into sound waves.

Binary Revolver

Kryštof Pešek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Solar Projection
Technology as a silent witness to the permanent movement of celestial bodies... The light installation visualizes the arrival and departure of daylight as contemplation and a dramatic process. By condensing one day into a few minutes, it thematizes the passage of time and the cyclicity of natural processes.

Solar Projection

Jakub Rajnoch
Czech Republic / 2018 / 15 min.
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Catastrophe
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Catastrophe

Zbyněk Baladrán
Czech Republic / 2019 / 6 min.
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World Premiere
Hypnagogia
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Hypnagogia

Magdaléna Kvasničková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 4 min.
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World Premiere
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