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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Water supply

director: Ada Kviraia
original title: Vodozabir
country: USSR
year: 1987
running time: 16 min.

synopsis

A poetic look at the work of a man from an Abkhazian port town who looks after the nearby woods and hillsides. The expansive hilly pastures, mountains, animals, and rivers form the setting for a rural idyll and symbolist scenes in which the man frees a wolf from a trap or cleans a creek bed.

biography

Abkhazian director Ada Kviraia studied in Kyiv and then returned to her native country, where she works to develop the local film industry. In 2013, she made probably the first film reflection on the Georgian–Abkhazian conflict, Girl on a Balloon. Following in the footsteps of Tengiz Abuladze, she is a leading representative of poetic film in the Georgia–Abkhazia milieu.

more about film

director: Ada Kviraia

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Painted in the Air
A short experimental film from the early oeuvre of the pioneer of Czech video art, Radek Pilař, combines black-and-white amateur footage of the performance poet Václav Fischer with patterns manually tinted by the author. Abstract shapes playfully interact with movements of the captured characters.

Painted in the Air

Radek Pilař
Czech Republic / 1965 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Home
Home was shot on the principle of using minimalist means of expression. It represents a recording of an event organised within a circle of friends at Železná studnička recreational park near Bratislava. Four protagonists chosen by lot are sew up in canvas, gaining the shape of a white cat of 2x2x2 metres in size. The film combines black-and-white footage capturing an object that is moving through a forest with coloured takes made simultaneously from inside the cat’s body.

Home

Ľubomír Ďurček
Slovakia / 1983 / 14 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Mirage
This award-winning student film uses humorous animated collages to explore the characters, actors, and work of the big studios. Set to a dialogue-like commentary and music evoking various cinematic genres, the film engages in a critique of the star system of cinema.

Mirage

Arkadii Faustov
USSR / 1984 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Untitled
Fragments of a home movie in which the filmmaker captures weekend strolls and tanks rumbling through the city. The visit to memorial places and open nature is an example of an amateur film in which the director places a clear emphasis on details and attempts to create distinctive compositions and augment normal home movie situations with unusual visual motifs.

Untitled

Mykola Peretiatko
USSR / 1990 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Fluctuations
Fluctuation is a movement that is divided into four chapters 1. Thinking space, 2. Moving thoughts, 3. Dissolution, 4. Specks. I base the form of the moving image on Sonata No. 2 by Polish composer Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849). Fluctuation is not related in any other way to the Sonata. It was showed as a video installation on a single floating screen in a black space.

Fluctuations

María Dalberg
Iceland / 2016 / 5 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
DM1978 Talks to DM2010
In this film, the director appears in two roles – on a television screen as a young man and in a recording studio in the present day. By answering questions that he asked himself more than thirty years earlier, he bridges the chasm of time and discusses how our personal identity is formed.

DM1978 Talks to DM2010

Dalibor Martinis
Croatia / 2010 / 13 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Hello, Moscow!
Using dynamic editing of a collage of black and white photos and a multi-layered soundtrack, the first photographic film in the history of Latvian cinema offers a portrait of Moscow in the mid-1960s. Under the symbols of power, hanging threateningly over the streets of the city, everyday life flows by, carefree and triumphant.

Hello, Moscow!

Gunārs Binde
Latvia / 1966 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech 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
Welcome to Tallinn!
An urban symphony comprising a visual collage of the Estonian capital city. With an emphasis on rhythm, it sets into motion a stream of compositions depicting various buildings and corners of the city. Its primary focus, however, is on the human element as a bearer of action and vitality, capturing the period of political thaw, carefree fun, and the joy of life.

Welcome to Tallinn!

Andrei Dobrovolski
Estonia / 1967 / 22 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Man Looking for a Rainbow
Besides possessing environmental appeal, this poetic depiction of the exploration of the Podillya cave system in the Termopil region holds a privileged position among the films from the Studio of Popular Science Films for its captivating storytelling, rhythmic assembly and distinctive visuals.

Man Looking for a Rainbow

Volodymyr Khmelytskyi
USSR / 1966 / 16 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Hello, Berlin!
Hello, Berlin! is a short film which utilizes found promotional footage of socialist Berlin juxtaposed with footage of an aggressive first date. In the film, Werner used colour footage of an ethereal socialist Berlin as a form of sarcasm which meshes with the imperfect first date; the sarcasm deriving from Eastern Germany’s contentious and fraying relationship with socialism.

Hello, Berlin!

Thomas Werner
Germany / 1987 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus
An observational film that won the grand prize at the Oberhausen film festival; considered to be a manifesto of the post-Soviet generation of documentary filmmakers using the observation method. The film, without commentary, uses its immersive visual poetics to draw the viewer into the lives of ordinary people in the historical areas of Vilnius.

Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus

Arūnas Matelis
Lithuania / 1990 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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