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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

other films in the section

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
Personal Cuts
By combining footage of herself cutting up stockings stretched over her head with various images from television, Iveković confronts social stereotypes and propaganda in Tito’s Yugoslavia with the concept of personal identity. Each new cut is followed by another piece of television footage until her entire face is revealed.

Personal Cuts

Sanja Iveković
Yugoslavia / 1982 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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
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
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.
personal program

Man Looking for a Rainbow

Volodymyr Khmelytskyi
USSR / 1966 / 16 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
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
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.
personal program

Mirage

Arkadii Faustov
USSR / 1984 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Open the Door to Him Who Comes
The meditative landscape of a Lithuanian village filled with silent prayer. Tree crowns, church roots, and a rural homestead offer a silent sanctuary that withstands the pressures of the totalitarian regime.  Stonys foreshadowed his cinematic liturgy of ordinariness with his directorial debut.

Open the Door to Him Who Comes

Audrius Stonys
Lithuania / 1989 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Pression
Šimunić uses double exposure to combine footage of people and scenes from 1970s Belgrade with garish images from television shows containing elements of pornography to create an illusory film. He joins scenes from everyday life with his penchant for erotica. This debut film, which took five years to make, uses visual games to explore the limits of the human perception.

Pression

Ljubomir Šimunić
Yugoslavia / 1975 / 15 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Boxing
Ion Grigorescu’s conceptual film depicts a boxing fight of the author with his own image in a double exposure. The fight takes place in nudity, outside the boxing ring, without audience and the possibility of freeing yourself. Isolation becomes not only the source of suffering but also of internal strength. In the course of the action, the image of the winning boxer fades and the loser becomes prominent.

Boxing

Ion Grigorescu
Romania / 1977 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
The Hands
In a short miniature, the author concentrates on her own hands as the most natural creative instrument. Zoomed shots on 8 mm film material capture the filmmaker’s hands in the process of creation. Her hands are portrayed not only as the agent of her art expression, but they themselves become an object of art. 

The Hands

Geta Brătescu
Romania / 1977 / 7 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Market
Market is a time-lapse film capturing a busy market square in Łódź shot in 1970. The short film consists of photographs taken every five minutes over a nine-hour period and by doing so projects the busy market as a constant stream of movement and business.

Market

Josef Robakowski
Poland / 1970 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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