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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The River Escapes
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The River Escapes
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The River Escapes
The River Escapes

The River Escapes

director: Eduardo Makoszay Mayén
original title: O Rio Escapa
country: Mexico, Brazil
year: 2019
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

An essay on exploitation of homes of native inhabitants and the behaviour of colonists breaks out into an anti-capitalist political pamphlet resulting in divergent horizontal and vertical motifs of a critical analysis of liberal cosmopolitan elites toward life space as a single-use, expandable commodity, contradicting its displaceable character.

"To build other worlds, one needs not to abandon western mind-structure but to transduce it with local, specific and ancient notions. This film is the beginning of a quest towards that realization." E. Makoszay Mayén     

biography

Mexican-born independent artist Eduardo Makoszay Mayén (1992) finished filmmaking studies at university in Mexico City. His authorial projects are positioned on the frontier of documentary and science fiction film. He has participated in many workshops and festivals including Jihlava IDFF where his film Wind Shaped Rocks (2017) was screened.

more about film

director: Eduardo Makoszay Mayén
producer: Eduardo Makoszay Mayén

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Or / Or, Hawick, may 18
In the middle of the Teviot River in Scotland, the filmmaker saw a color in the sky like in the paintings of Gustav Klimt. He translates his amazement at this moment into fluid patterns of a digitally decomposed scene, all the way to its radical ending when the variously colored grids flowing on the screen like a calm horizon again dissolve into Klimt’s golden color. "Making films is opening my heart and letting the magical powers of life shine in my imagination to merge them in images. I try to thrill those who watch colour and time flow in my films." J. Perconte  

Or / Or, Hawick, may 18

Jacques Perconte
France / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Pastoral
A rural countryside without people stretches out into patterns of nature that overlap with the detailed tracing of the contours of herbs and trees. This rural peace is disturbed by the nervous camera and the layered traces of clumps of grass, branches, and bushes. The blades of grass leave behind their contours, which are sketched into a fleeting image of a meadow with low grass and, here and there, the shadows of trees.

Pastoral

JB Mabe
United States / 2012 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Requiem
This slow-moving film creates intensive experience of continuously nearly indiscernible - yet in the length of the whole film invariably distinct - changes of shadows, spaces and shapes carved by dark branches into the light mist that besets the statue-like steadiness of the thickening forest just to relinquish it the very next moment. “I wrote poems on the streets, wary of irresponsible parables of nature. The imagination of the street was pain and I loved it. But I still believe that the greatest subverbs are in nature.” M. Yi       
personal program

Requiem

Myun Yi
South Korea / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Moons of Palaver
Images originally from the tests of spotlights are inserted into models where they evoke the phases of the Moon and in regular intervals combine to hint at a harmonic line of bright reflections. A fleeting arrangement of the traces of humans and machines forever trapped in the depths of the night.  "The Moons of Palaver had to be short, quiet, with soft light, gently mechanical, edited late in the night, a paradox and a mystery. It had to be a poem that I couldn’t possibly write." E. Gaucher  

The Moons of Palaver

Eric Gaucher
Canada / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Airship
The latest film by this legendary experimental filmmaker puts together news footage of giant airships that emphasize their monstrous size and nearly nightmarish impression using realistic images in which the filmmaker nevertheless emphasizes their mythological and mysterious nature, as well as the sense of awe they evoked in their time. The golden age of the airship was in the interwar period, when they flew to the North Pole, crossed the Atlantic, and even circumnavigated the globe. During the war, they were used for naval reconnaissance, especially by Germany, and to engage in airborne terror against civilians. Later, they were used (primarily in the United States) as airborne radar stations.

Airship

Kenneth Anger
United States / 2012 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
The Escape Agents
A re-construction of the illegal smuggling of a family across the border from East to West Berlin in 1988. Told in photographs, the film shows a chilling story of escape in the trunk of a car and an encounter with agents of the East German secret police. The images’ unknown origin adds a sense of the universal and calls into question the course of events.  "While researching my first feature, I stumbled across these photos in the Stasi archives and decided to try to make a story around them. I was shocked when I found out the true identity of the people " S. Calonico  

The Escape Agents

Scott Calonico
United Kingdom, German Democratic Republic, Germany / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Rear Window Timelapse
An ingenious analysis of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, in which sequentiality is replaced by parallelism, but the events in the observed apartment mostly retain their original order. The layering of narrative lines creates surprising meanings as the film break free from the rules of the genre. The introductory sequence clearly splits up the space of the courtyard and the opposite windows into various planes while drawing attention to the role of the observer – the architect of the story. As opposed to the original movie, however, we never see him.

Rear Window Timelapse

Jeff Desom
Luxembourg / 2012 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...
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In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...

SJ. Ramir
Australia, New Zealand / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Garden Exercises
A tour of botanical gardens in Bilbao, Toronto and Quito, filmed on a haptic camera as part of a project for developing a camera that will record the things its owner touches. The filmmakers explore the diversity of visual identities at a time dominated by the combination of sight and sound. “The video is a part of the collaborative ‘Haptic/Visual Identities’ project investigating ‘haptic visuality’ through film via a digital DIY prototype. The work presents ‘macro images’ of a garden in a former colonial paradise.” A. Mergler

Garden Exercises

Cristian Villavicencio, Agata Mergler
Ecuador / 2017 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Disintegration 93-96
The personal insecurities and pent-up emotions of a Filipino immigrant to the USA give way to political ruminations and critical commentaries on the colonization of the mind by the American Dream. A montage of family movies from the title’s years presents an anatomy of family ties and a reliving of one’s own identity. “With every project I think I learn filmmaking from scratch, all over again in a new way, and I say ‘fuck that’ to whatever process I did before.” M. Reverza

Disintegration 93-96

Miko Revereza
United States, Philippines / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
For Delia
Made on 35mm film without the use of a camera, this film is dedicated to British musician and composer of electronic and concrete music Delia Derbyshire. The filmmaker works with drawings of Derbyshire’s scores and visualizations of her sound and music inventions, accompanied by a musical collage of sound compositions for theater performances. British filmmaker Mary Stark’s artistic roots are in textile design, which she uses as inspiration for her films. Her audiovisual works experiment with the sounds of factories and recording and projection equipment. Besides making films, she also creates audiovisual installations in which she works with the human body, light, shadow, and the materiality of the filmstrip.“My approach is led by directly handling the filmstrip and considering film as a sculptural mass, exploring how it can be presented as a visible tactile material and placed centre stage.”

For Delia

Mary Stark
United Kingdom / 2016 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Out of Autofocus
An image of the sea that comes close to the boundaries of abstraction, set against a backdrop of fishing nets mounted on stilts. Birds disrupt the peace of the salty air with their unpredictable trajectories of rapid flight during which the camera fights to find a focal point, so that within the limits of its automatic functions it creates an engagingly lyrical scene. In his films, Mikhail Basov (1977) explores the interaction of consumer goods and materials in the landscape and their metaphorical implications. His works have been presented at a number of international festivals and shows such as International Video Art Biennial VIDEOAKT in Barcelona, Experimental Film Festival Portland, and Festival Art Deco de Cinema in São Paulo.“A short story about the unrequited love of a videocamera for a bird.”

Out of Autofocus

Mikhail Basov
Russia / 2016 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
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