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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Radu Jude: Archive Mysteries

Radu Jude: Archive Mysteries

director: Radu Jude
original title: Radu Jude: Archive Mysterie
running time: 60 min.

synopsis

Romanian director Radu Jude (1977) is one of the most notable filmmakers of our time. During his master class, the winner of the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlinale will introduce you to his remarkable work in archives, where he carried out thorough investigations that have become the basis for his film works. Today, this approach is nothing unusual, but Jude has perfected it masterfully. His brilliant work with archives can be seen twice at this year’s festival: in the movie The Dead Nation and the short film The Marshal's Two Executions.

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director: Radu Jude

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Vitaly Mansky: Portrait of Russia
This Russian filmmaker’s feature documentary Putin’s Witnesses (2018) is a portrait of Russia from a unique and unlikely perspective. It is composed exclusively of archival footage shot by director Vitaly Mansky (1963) at the very beginning of Putin’s presidential era. The director will discuss his process of weaving together these materials to create a greater picture in this extended case study of the film.

Vitaly Mansky: Portrait of Russia

Vitaly Mansky
90 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass Bill Morrison: Consider the Source
American experimental filmmaker and documentarian Bill Morrison uses a variety of damaged celluloid strips in his films; most often, however, those damaged by the ravages of time. Using excerpts from his own films, he describes how archival material can be transformed into very different films, whether image-based, documentary, or narrative. He also shows how the meaning of the original source material can be modified by placing the fragments into a new context.

Masterclass Bill Morrison: Consider the Source

Bill Morrison
Czech Republic / 2016 / 60 min.
section: Masterclass
Krzysztof Zanussi: Directorial Debut Films
Krzysztof Zanussi (1939) is one of the pillars of Polish cinematography. Together with Kieślowski and Wajda, he's a part of the trio of the most internationally respected Polish directors who have achieved success both at home and abroad. In his masterclass, Zanussi will introduce his work with young debuting directors as well as student films which he has participated on as a teacher of several prestigious film schools, and share his experience from, among others, Lodz, New York and Moscow. The audience will get a peek under the drape of mystery which veils Polish cinematography and receive an introduction on how to succeed as a young filmmaker in Poland.

Krzysztof Zanussi: Directorial Debut Films

Krzysztof Zanussi
90 min.
section: Masterclass
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: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
Masterclass Jóhann Jóhannsson: Music in Documentary Film
Islandic composer, experimenter, and creator of the Ji.hlava festival spot for 2017, Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969) writes electro-acoustic, minimalism-influenced film music, for which he has earned numerous awards for its originality and sensitivity to the inner rhythm of the film. He works with Hollywood directing stars as well as with independent filmmakers. He created the fantastic brass accompaniment for the film The Miners’ Hymn, which was screened at the Ji.hlava IDFF in 2016. During his lecture, he will discuss ways of creating film music and his own personal methods.

Masterclass Jóhann Jóhannsson: Music in Documentary Film

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Czech Republic / 2017 / 90 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Deborah Stratman
A Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Rather than telling stories, her films pose a series of issues – and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked. She works with multiple mediums, including sculpture, photography, drawing and audio. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial, MoMA NY, etc. She is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and the Creative Capital Award, and she currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Masterclass: Deborah Stratman

Deborah Stratman
Czech Republic / 2014 / 75 min.
section: Masterclass
Yuriy Norshteyn: The Phenomenon of Depiction
Yuriy Norshteyn, the greatest poet of world animation, presents the first foreign (Czech) edition of his epic book Snow on the Grass. The leitmotif of the publication and of the Jihlava masterclass are the outcomes from Norshteyn’s inspired seminars in Japan and Russia. The central topics are the inspirational sources for filmmaking, the principles and limitations of film, the interrelationship between image, sound and music, literature and image, and film as an art form Norshteyn will also show his films The Battle ofKerzhenets, 25th October, the First Day, Winter Days and an excerpt from his cult adaptation of Gogol’s The Overcoat.

Yuriy Norshteyn: The Phenomenon of Depiction

Yuriy Norshteyn
section: Masterclass
The Ambassador
A European in a suit and tie comes to Africa, allegedly to open a match factory. In actuality, however, he is planning to illegally mine for gemstones. In even more actual actuality, he is journalist Mads Brügger, who is filming a documentary about the world of diplomacy, in which two approaches meet – “advanced” and “primitive” cultures, which have one thing in common: money. The film shows that the world of politics is not about the representation of national identity, but that it can be an ideal place for a rogue, represented by the strong euro.

The Ambassador

Mads Brügger
Denmark / 2011 / 93 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Jacopo Quadri
Italian film editor Jacopo Quadri worked with documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi on the successful Fire at Sea, which won the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlinale. As part of his editing master class, he will screen his own film The Summer School (2014). According to Quadri, film editing “is something liquid and physical. It looks like a river that cuts through unknown lands. The spectator is like a swimmer or a sailor. Each element is linked to the other by contrast or similarity as if the film were a journey.”

Masterclass: Jacopo Quadri

Jacopo Quadri
Czech Republic / 2016 / 60 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák: Caught in the Net
Vít Klusák and Barbora Chalupová shot an unprecedented documentary never before seen in a Czech context. The creators focused on child abuse on the internet and sexual predators seeking their prey deep within the bowels of social networks. The aim of the psycho-social experiment was to hunt down and catch these predators and find out their motives. In the masterclass, the filmmakers will guide us through the material that didn't make it into the final cut of the film, but that still remains an important topic for discussion. We will talk about the cut, dramaturgy, and grasping the substance of the film so that the resulting documentary is coherent in all respects and meets high ethical demands. 
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Masterclass Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák: Caught in the Net

Czech Republic / 100 min.
section: Masterclass
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
An engaging appreciation of the work and personal life of British director and proponent of kitchen sink realism Ken Loach. This BBC documentary on the director’s life work and the ideological roots of his social dramas and stories of ordinary people in the English suburbs is interwoven with scenes from his films.

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Louise Osmond
United Kingdom / 2016 / 96 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio
Godfrey Reggio’s task will be to provoke those present to consider the most misunderstood and consequential subject of the last 5,000 years: the Technological Environment. Technology is not something we use; it is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. Though seeing, we are blind to its presence, hidden in plain sight. For those willing to “take a walk on the wild side,” we will explore how we see the world through language, how our languages no longer describe the world in which we live, and how through the lens of outsider cinema we may approach this untellable subject. The focus is speechless narrative, not a story to be told, but rather a story to behold. In a syntax of the eye, the form is cinematic poetry. Godfrey Reggio invites you to join him on this journey to the vivid unknown.

Masterclass: Godfrey Reggio

Godfrey Reggio
Czech Republic / 2014 / 105 min.
section: Masterclass
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