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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Requiem
Requiem
Requiem

Requiem

director: Myun Yi
original title: 염(殮)
country: South Korea
year: 2019
running time: 11 min.

synopsis

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       

biography

Korean director Yi Myun (1973) graduated in music composition. The film soundtrack is inspired by traditional music, combined with melancholy images of urban landscapes, seemingly alive regardless of the absence of their human inhabitants. The Ji.hlava IDFF has screened Myun’s films Field (2014) and Afterimage (2016).

more about film

director: Myun Yi
producer: Myun Yi
editing: Myun Yi
music: Myun Yi

other films in the section

The Space Shuttle Challenger
Diary collages combine the emotions from important events such the interrogation of prisoners at Guantánamo, the Challenger disaster and the putsch in Chile with personal memories from the same points in time to create an interplay of large and small history. “I used footage of Chile’s Tancazo in my previous film. I later discovered the story behind that footage and was compelled to weave it into this film, originally intended to be a piece only about Omar Khadr.” C. Araneda

The Space Shuttle Challenger

Cecilia Araneda
Canada / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
more than everything
A pensive analysis of the vision and perception apparatus shared by all two-eyed beings gazes far ahead and in an intriguing perception experiment, explores the imagination of the depth of field and the illusory consistency of the image while dissecting the routine perspective on objects, shapes, motion and the phenomena around us."This is a dance between your brain and the world. We are bathed in interferences from sensual data to what might be out there. We will go to another land, we will try another sea. One plus one equals three." R. Kohlberger

more than everything

Rainer Kohlberger
Germany / 2018 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Soar
A digital miniature in which the form into which the image is deconstructed emphasizes the things we leave in our wake – trajectories of movement, actions, decisions, gestures. This guide of the traces we leave behind dissolves into a depiction of the things that remain; the simple visual approach raises the imperative of understanding the consequences of the movements of mind, body, and things. "Choreography of an imaginary journey 
Color / 7 minutes 40" P. Bokanowski

Soar

Patrick Bokanowski
France / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
An Observation
Flipping footage of the sea creates the absorbing illusion of a heavy space that collapses off the screen into the theatre; thanks to careful framing, it nearly makes the head spin to watch such strange images. The film’s visual quality is further emphasized by subtle work with contrast and light at different times of day, causing the restless surface to create impressive abstract patterns. The final approach to the surface of the water transforms the real image into a glimmering blanket whose folds below the floating horizon gently envelop the viewer.

An Observation

Yoshiki Nishimura
Japan / 2013 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
THE WILDS
A philosophical portrait of situationalists Herbert Holl and Kza Han, who believe in revolution through art. They live on an island where they have written poems and translated the work of Alexander Kluge. Together they enter a landscape with gestures and artifacts as their considerations for symbols and individuality permeate though film sketches from their everyday life."We love Herbert and Kza’s way of thinking. So we tried to traslate that in little performance. Each day we came up with a strange idea. They were surprised, but always put confidence in us."
personal program

THE WILDS

Camille Tricaud, Felix Herrmann
Germany, France / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Displacement
The image’s fragile cohesiveness, disturbed by digital disintegration and overlays to create a visually impressive composition, emphasizes the need to think about remediated messages on the subject of nationalism and militarism, for the filmmaker works with images of Palestinian fields being burnt by Jewish settlers and vows taken by Israeli soldiers at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. “My work tracks patterns in nature, landscape and human form, perceived by camera and mind, struggling to comprehend the vast intensity of the living experience of the world through electronic media.“ G. Silberstein     
personal program

Displacement

Guli Silberstein
United Kingdom / 2019 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
350 MYA
Traces of unrelenting wind and the edges of harsh light create tangible and illusory shapes within space. Patient observations reveal compositions of light and sand in the Tafilalt region of the Sahara Desert, which used to be the bottom of a prehistoric ocean, as hinted at by the subtle sound composition. Terra Jean Long (1983) lives in Toronto and teaches at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). Her films tell personal stories in a setting that mixes dream, fiction, and reality. She has shown her works at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, among other festivals.“The Tafilalt region in the Sahara Desert was once the Rheic Ocean. 350 MYA conjures the o cean’s presence in the landscape, deep time in the folds of space.”

350 MYA

Terra Jean Long
Morocco, Canada / 2016 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Mold
The image of a city broken down into a series of planes of view rolls towards us, its echoes enabling us to fill in the imaginary whole. This urban symphony of minimalism builds up a panoramic view into the distance while calling into question reality by visualizing the overcrowding of the urban environment.  "Life is surprisingly simple. Because all human beings are in a moment of repetition of the irreversible destiny of nature. Everything is only a trace and disappears." M. Yi

Mold

Myun Yi
South Korea / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Hypnodrome
The simple combination of movements by the camera and the observer creates a hypnotic ride in which, despite a voiceover emphasizing calm and relaxation, rotating objects and lights create an unsettling physical experience and dig the viewer´s imagination deep into grogginess of unsettled look. “Hypnodrome is motion-induced delirium. A cinematographic look through the ‘egocentric camera’ and an homage to cinema as a site of contemplation and trance.” R. Wilhelmer

Hypnodrome

Richard Wilhelmer
Austria / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Different as night and day
A portrait of a Toronto power plant in the genre of dynamic images. The patient poetics of the ordinary puts together three points of view of two buildings at various times of day, evening, and night. The motionless images seem to merge in slow dissolves. The filmmaker was inspired by Claude Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series – a view of the cathedral’s front under different lighting conditions. The way in which the smoke from the chimneys covers the images when we segue from one to another is based on J. M. W. Turner’s paintings of sunsets.

Different as night and day

Peter Dudar
Canada / 2012 / 16 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Heavy Eyes Remastered
Consistent manipulation of found footage showing people and faces in an urban landscape dissolved their movements into visual echoes. The melancholy remnants of the original film are subjected to the digital poetry of blurriness and the loss of meaning, gestures, and physical movements. “Producing a film includes the process of creating copies. Duplication is built into the medium itself. The change in to new form creates a different experience, though nothing has changed in the content.” S. A. Fruhauf

Heavy Eyes Remastered

Siegfried Alexander Fruhauf
Austria / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Bed and the Street
Protests against austerity measures, read as an expression of resistance to the state, are intermingled with an expression of intimate consonance. A demonstration of connection, this essayistic collage blurs the boundaries between private and public as it reflects on the politics of co-existence. "What if the revolution started at home, in the micro-politics of hand to hand, of our kitchen life, our bedroom life? If we said no to the old models of family, could we bring together bed and street?" M. Hoolboom, H. Frise  

The Bed and the Street

Mike Hoolboom, Heather Frise
Canada / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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