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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Mirage

director: Arkadii Faustov
original title: Mirazh
country: USSR
year: 1984
running time: 4 min.

synopsis

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.

biography

Arcadii Faustov (1936–2009) never formally studied filmmaking, but worked as a director, cinematographer and screenwriter. A graduate of the Power Engineering Institute, from 1965 he led the Film Studio at the Kharkov Polytechnic Institute, where he taught aspiring filmmakers. Faustov’s graduates include Eugene Mamut, creator of special effects in the Hollywood hit Predator (1987).

more about film

director: Arkadii Faustov

other films in the section

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
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
Game
A sophisticated game of cat and mouse in which the constantly moving camera is the hunter and the young woman wandering the streets of Ljubljana to the sounds of jazz music is the prey. The film spent fifty years hidden under the bed of one of the filmmakers and was first screened at a meeting of Slovenian amateur filmmakers.„All my films have certain message and only important thing for me is and was to catch a spirit of time.“ K. Godina

Game

Jure Pervanje, Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1965 / 6 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Myocardial Infarction
An award-winning film at the International Festival of Short Films in Oberhausen in 1968 uses artistic means to document the experience of a heart failure. The film’s rhythm does not work only with the dynamic editing and a disrupted shot composition, but also with sound effects and music illustrating the rapid heart rate of an ill heart. By irony of fate, the debut’s director Wojciech Wiszniewski died of a heart attack aged 34.

Myocardial Infarction

Wojciech Wiszniewski
Poland / 1967 / 7 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
Endless Day
This playful comedy about one adventurous day in Estonia in the 1970s startled the censorship authorities to such an extent with its spontaneity and original cinematic language that they not only banned the film, but ordered its complete destruction. The film was successfully hidden from the “threat of the regime” and after 1990 it was released to the world.

Endless Day

Virve Aruoja, Jaan Tooming
Estonia / 1971 / 30 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Spatial Deformation (Spiritual Expression)
In the Spatial Distortion, Petr Skala elaborates on the principles of abstract expressionism and transposes the method of action painting onto camera-free experimental film. A special spatial effect is achieved using an optical printer producing loops and multiple exposures of drawings, paintings and engravings made directly in the film material.

Spatial Deformation (Spiritual Expression)

Petr Skala
Czechoslovakia / 1979 / 5 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Timing
In her structural film, Dóra Maurer is folding a white bed cover on a black backdrop. Using masks she divides the picture into segments that through the folding process create geometric compositions.

Timing

Dóra Maurer
Hungary / 1988 / 10 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Acceleration
A structural and poetic variation on existential topics such as life, death, anxiety, loneliness, transience and eternity. The film’s poetics draws on its contemplative potential, patchwork structure and repetitive editing patterns that suggest the flow of time and the fleeting nature of human existence through takes of stoned walls, windows, ships, roofs, urban panoramas, trains and cemeteries.

Acceleration

Ivan Martinac
Croatia / 1969 / 7 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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
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
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
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