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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

Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz - Out of competition

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

other films in the section

De Potentia Dei
Potentia dei is a notion difficult to translate, but possible to explain. The same goes for a film essay by Ondřej Vavrečka, with signs and information, their interpretation and secrets as its main theme. The collage-like film uses sharp audiovisual contrasts to make people think.

De Potentia Dei

Ondřej Vavrečka
Czech Republic / 2016 / 66 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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
WhereWhoYouMeAre
The filmmaker explores the principles of movement while dreaming, and constructs them outside of the world of dreams by inserting graphic elements into images from the real world and simulating the space of a computer game in the virtual world. As she passes through these fictional worlds, the main character takes on a real as well as animated form.

WhereWhoYouMeAre

Jakub Krejčí
Czech Republic / 2016 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Wild Eye - Annihilation of Space - Despite of Limitations
Transforming the author’s film from the 1970s, the film trilogy captures a naked woman’s body in gentle motion iterations.  The combination of abstract expressionism and the figural motif uses distinctive colours, rapid shape-shifting and the dynamics of the human silhouette.
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Wild Eye - Annihilation of Space - Despite of Limitations

Petr Skala
Czech Republic / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
The Weather of Time
A metaphorical weather forecast portrays human emotions and sentiments in confrontation with contemporary social debates. The lightly satirical tone of the tv moderator’s presentation accompanies a video collage featuring a central motif of the Earth in which Africa is shrouded by clouds of existential questions and a spiritual crisis front threatens Europe.

The Weather of Time

Adéla Součková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Film as an Art Object. The Films of Stanislav Hora, 1980–2016
Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz - Out of competitionThe little-known Super 8mm films of Stanislav Hora (1959) from the 1980s are a little studied area of artistic film in our country. With his background in sculpture, Hora approaches film more as an artistic material – he uses it to animate the creation of sculptures, he draws on it, scratches and attacks its surface or uses it as a medium for art happenings. For Hora, film is a tool for expanding his artistic practice into other forms, a means for capturing visual processes or a kind of sculptural object. The Ji.hlava screenings are the premiere of newly digitized versions.Curator and author of the texts: Martin Blažíček (CAS FAMU)Digital reconstruction of the films: Lukáš Janičík, Emiliya VereshchaginaAudio mastering: Sara PinheiroThe films of Stanislav Hora were reconstructed at FAMU’s Centre for Audiovisual Studies thanks to the Academy of Performing Art’s institutional support for long-term conceptual development.Screening:BabraeCzechoslovakia, 1980, 6 min.Černý hadice / Black HoseCzechoslovakia, 1982, 3 min.Dobře posazená figura / Well-Positioned ModelCzechoslovakia, 1987, 3 min.Oko / EyeCzechoslovakia, 1987, 1 min.Pavouk / SpiderCzechoslovakia, 1987, 4 min.Kameny / StonesCzechoslovakia, 1987, 4 min.Fragment II – West BerlinCzechoslovakia, 1989, 6 min.FILCzech Republic, 2016, 5 min.

Film as an Art Object. The Films of Stanislav Hora, 1980–2016

90 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Broken Windows
This audiovisual collage places shots from Hitchcock’s Rear Window into paper set decoration, expanding the original movie’s ideas in a playful and provocative mode. As viewers, we must get through to the characters within a maze of colourful layers and alien objects that visualize the process of medialization and point out the framework limiting our view.
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Broken Windows

Daniel Pitin
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.
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Binary Revolver

Kryštof Pešek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Insection
The slow movement of various species of insect in an abstract, brightly lit setting creates suggestive allusions to incontrollable chaos, apathy, and the decay of social structures. The minimalist visual imagery is accompanied by ambient music that works with realistic sound and static. 

Insection

Michal Kindernay
Czech Republic / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Transformations /  Vapors / Melanosis
An essay focusing on the topic of the exploitation of natural resources has as its primary theme water, showing its forms and changes in the chain of industry. The deep soundtrack is as dark as dirty water leaking from a power plant and, together with images of industry, evokes a sense of ecological anxiety.

Transformations / Vapors / Melanosis

Michal Kindernay
Czech Republic / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
puddles, I don’t know
Dry ground, gravel, cracks in the asphalt, a look into a microscope, and a weather map as parts of an associative string based on the theme of waiting for the rain. The visual poem shows the soil in close-ups, adding new visual and semantic layers. 

puddles, I don’t know

Anna Petruželová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Moss Ball
In a world where wildlife loses its place, there is a need to replace it. The allusion to a trailer advertising the soft green moss ball breaks down the distance between the sterile human habitat and the sea plant popularized as an organic element of any home.

Moss Ball

Anežka Horová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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