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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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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

other films in the section

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
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
Straight Line (Stevens Duke)
The first part in Gotovac’s trilogy of structuralist films is dedicated to jazz musician Duke Ellington and director George Stevens. A camera placed at the front of a moving streetcar records the passing urban landscape: the train tracks and the passing streets and pedestrians transport the viewer (now a passenger on the streetcar) fifty years back in time.

Straight Line (Stevens Duke)

Tomislav Gotovac
Yugoslavia / 1964 / 7 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 Wheel
A poetic portrait of sculptors who create their works on the potter's wheel from clay and other natural materials. The theme of the potter's wheel permeates through poetic scenes in which sculptors are captured at work, with their families, hand in hand with nature, and also in vivid images where both the creators and their artifacts are installed in everyday environments.
personal program

The Wheel

Mykhailo lIenko
USSR / 1972 / 18 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Ping-Pong
This two-minute film, which thoroughly confuses the viewer’s senses, is dominated by the use of the split-screen technique – one possible way of working with video. The footage of ping-pong players from three different angles creates spatial paradoxes that are combined to create a continuous match in real time.

Ping-Pong

Ivan Ladislav Galeta
Yugoslavia / 1978 / 2 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
19th Nervous Breakdown
A short film named after a Rolling Stones’ song shows improvised performances, during which the members of the Slovenian art collective OHO make drawings on a concrete wall erected in the middle of a field, spontaneously running, dancing and finally putting on a cardboard box with only their legs sticking out. The film promotes OHO’s artistic and philosophical approach to the so-called reism, i.e. a philosophy in which objects are viewed as equal to human beings and not only recognised for their utilitarian value.

19th Nervous Breakdown

Naško Križnar
Slovenia / 1966 / 5 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Robber
Allegorical scenes of village life, clearly inspired by the poetic style of Parajanov, show a father and son, temptation, a deed and punishment, in the mythical setting of a garden. Scenes of country life and animal husbandry are infused with rural lyricism. Apples become figurative tools, and abundance is redeemed through crucifixion.
personal program

Robber

Roman Balaian
USSR / 1969 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Vowels
This structuralist film translates Rimbaud’s famous sonnet onto the film screen, thus placing it within the context of cinema. Where Rimbaud associated vowels with colours, the film represents them using different forms of video manipulation or camerawork – for instance, the letter “I” is represented by a jump cut.

Vowels

Nikola Đurić
Yugoslavia / 1973 / 8 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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
Video Manual
The use of the word manual in the film’s title is a reference both to instruction manuals and to idea of doing things by hand. In the film, Martinis holds a camera on a tripod that is aimed at the floor, all the while trying to balance it in his hand. While the camera remains static, the “moving” floor creates a visual effect bordering on vertigo.

Video Manual

Dalibor Martinis
Yugoslavia / 1978 / 1 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
The Idylls of Kirtimai
An observational anthropological study follows the life of the residents of the largest Roma settlement in Lithuania. Instead of the usual tendency to draw attention to their poverty, lack of education, and discrimination, the film focuses primarily on an ideologically unencumbered representation of everyday patterns of life.

The Idylls of Kirtimai

Artūras Jevdokimovas
Lithuania / 1991 / 13 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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