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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Get Ready for an Entrance

Get Ready for an Entrance

director: Ihor Minaev
original title: Prygotuvatysja vash vyhid
country: USSR
year: 1975
running time: 11 min.

synopsis

A socio-critical reflection based on memories from the end of the war and post-war reconstruction. A meditative commentary on the state and future of the world is accompanied by memories of witnesses of various professions and a collage of archival materials from the theatre, workers’ meetings and celebrations, and scenes from factories, theatres, and childcare institutions.

biography

Igor Minaev (1954) graduated from the directing program at the National Institute of Theatre and Film in Kyiv and emigrated to France in the late 1980s. He made a name for himself there with films such as Mars froid (1980) and Rez du chausée (1990), both screened at Cannes. In March 2019, his film The Cacophony of Donbas was released in cinemas.

more about film

director: Ihor Minaev

other films in the section

There, There
A visually stunning static view of a colour-tinged landscape reflecting the inner dimensions of dreams, memories and visions. An emphasis on the internal mood is underscored by a minimalist acoustic soundtrack characterised with prolonged poetic tones.

There, There

Dodda Maggý
Iceland / 2013 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
KVN
A documentary collage consisting of images of fields and housing estates, young people having fun, or a university setting and staged scenes filled with humour and hyperbole, accompanied by a voiceover recalling propagandistic socio-critical documentaries. Though banned in the Soviet Union, the film screened at several foreign festivals.
personal program

KVN

Arkadii Faustov
USSR / 1965 / 9 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Litany of Happy People
This originally censored musical film is a satirical depiction of the inhabitants of Vojvodina, a rural region of Serbia characterized by its multi-ethnic population. Although it won two awards in Oberhausen, it was banned in Yugoslavia and Godina was long prevented from making experimental film. „I have always tried to find a new language or a form to implement into the film.” K. Godina

Litany of Happy People

Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1971 / 14 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
My Riga
At the time this personal take on the Latvian capital and its residents was made, it radically exceeded the ideological rhetoric of contemporary works. It presented one of the first expressions of the poetic documentary film movement, which rebelled against the regime with its stylistic experiments.

My Riga

Aloizs Brenčs
Latvia / 1960 / 22 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Exit Clause to Yugoslavia
A performative miniature in which the filmmakers – students of the Polytechnic Institute in Kharkov – document their public street performances. Their unselfconscious playfulness seems an unwitting omen of the fall of the Communist regime.
personal program

Exit Clause to Yugoslavia

Oleh Kachmar, Andrii Tuziak
USSR / 1987 / 2 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
The Seal
A man talks about life in a repressive society in this satirical critique of power and bureaucracy. The concept of a seal acts as a leitmotiv for the narrator’s milestones in life (birth, marriage, death). The film is one of Makavejev’s earlier works (it was made in 1955), but its story and message nevertheless remain timeless.

The Seal

Dušan Makavejev
Yugoslavia / 1955 / 18 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Death of Metalosaurus
The filmmaker travelled regularly by streetcar past a fallen electricity pylon that resembled the skeletal remains of a giant animal. The film, which shows the influence of constructivism and industrial music, is also an analogy for the disintegration of Yugoslavia. It was first shown to the general public when it was named best amateur film at the Baden-Baden film festival in 1989.

Death of Metalosaurus

Igor M. Toholj
Yugoslavia / 1989 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
LIFT
A conceptual black-and-white film without sound shows two young women floating above ground over a tennis court layout. Their jerky movements resemble a puppet dance. The specific effect making the impression of levitation was created by letting the girls jump and turn mid-air while capturing their movement.

LIFT

Vladimír Havrilla
Slovakia / 1972 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Untitled
Children and a cat discover the adult world through all their senses, playfully exploring a library, seawater, an entire flat, and a park. To a playful musical soundtrack, the film comments on the world through a collage of newspaper headlines and magazine photographs, presented as analogous to a home movie.
personal program

Untitled

Borys Shylenko
USSR / 1960 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Transformation
Transformation is a short film crafted by Grzegorz G. Zgraj as part of his final student film dissertation. The film explores the structure of images and the relationship between sound and image. By using zoom and fragmented imagery alongside flute and prepared pianos, Zgraj illustrates the complexity of the visual structure.

Transformation

Grzegorz G. Zgraja
Poland / 1978 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Time
The gap between the human microcosm and the macro view of universal time is depicted in an associative montage using rhythm and tempo as a significant element. Against a backdrop of ebbing and flowing in nature, a human anthill frantically teems, pulsing with the cycles of waking and sleeping, birth and death, sunrise and sunset.

Time

Mark Soosaar
Estonia / 1983 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Termites
An accidental spill of developer on the negative film resulted in moving splotches whose motion, accompanied by rhythmic banging on a radiator, resembles a swarm of insects. Although Šamec intended his film as a parody of avant-garde movies, it was named best experimental film at the Genre Experimental Film Festival in Zagreb.

Termites

Milan Šamec
Yugoslavia / 1963 / 2 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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