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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Drop
The Drop
The Drop

The Drop

director: Elnura Tashbaeva
original title: Tamchy
country: Kyrgyzstan
year: 2019
running time: 20 min.

synopsis

Like other miners, Chyngyz works twenty four hours under difficult conditions of the confined space of a shaft where miners risk a lot all the time. Although they work in fear for their lives, they are grateful for the work in the mine because it allows them to feed their families. The observation camera moves from stylized pictorial compositions of a morning journey to the mine to long sequences following the movement of miners in the shaft and their routine work to show their fate in an intense and immediate composite image.

“One of the heroes of this film reenacts the famous pose in film Titanic, he wants to be Jack. He sings as he asks for raindrops when the time of love comes.” E. Tashbaeva

biography

Kyrgyz director Elnur Tashbaeva (born in 1993) studied at the Department of Radio, Television and Film, Manas University, in 2012–2016. She has also worked as a TV presenter and radio DJ and has produced the short film Tandoo (directed by Meerim Dogdurbekova).

more about film

director: Elnura Tashbaeva
producer: Elnura Tashbaeva
script: Elnura Tashbaeva
photography: Karash Janyshov, Hairulla Rahmatilla uulu
editing: Elnura Tashbaeva
sound: Kalybek Sherniyaz

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We are epicenters of the earthquake
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personal program

We are epicenters of the earthquake

Tomáš Hlaváček
Czech Republic / 2020 / 40 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
Take them into the light
The Făgăraș Mountain in the northern part of the Eastern Carpathians in Romania. The camera is concealed at the heart of an avalanche. Sunlight is a symbol of rescue. The daily work of the mountain rescue service oscillates between the omnipresent threat of death, the chilling beauty of the mountains and the endless efforts to save human lives. The solidarity of mountain pilgrims permeated by not only a sense of freedom but also hopelessness during the search for twisted bodies and brain tissue buried under tons of snow. The closeness of death as a fascinating path leading towards God.
personal program

Take them into the light

Ioana Grigore
Romania / 2020 / 32 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
Daily manure
Pigeons are sitting down on the roof of a dilapidated farmhouse; a truck is dumping old bread on a pile; cattle is running around among the cars at the scrapyard; goats are grazing in the vicinity of large shipping containers... The leitmotif of the documentary is the fact that unprocessed foods are used as fertilizers and feed material for livestock, and the film shows one of the forms of agriculture in the 21st century in a series silent prose scenes. The slow pace and cyclic variation of the same stylistic parameters evokes the poetics of decline and decomposition. “In the course of four seasons, I'verecorded a place where our overproduction ends up. A cemetery where leftovers devour the leftovers.  The never ending cycle of crestion and demise.” N. Krutilová

Daily manure

Nikola Krutilová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 24 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
Last Knights of the Right Side
Obóz Narodowo-Radykalny – the National Radical Camp – ONR. The last knights defending the right in Poland. An extremist neo-Nazi group defending the values of nationalism and true faith. This focused collection of scenes showing the executive apparatus of power honestly and consistently uses trust and opportunities to take a look behind the scenes at the organization of marches, meetings with citizens, and even volunteer efforts to collect clothing for the elderly. In precisely composed shots, the atrocious leap from the Warsaw Uprising to genocide, to a modern day Kristallnacht, is interwoven with the intimate confessions of the protagonists. Snapshots from the life of these mercenaries of hate reveal the ideology of the right-wing extremism that has taken control of public space in Poland.
personal program

Last Knights of the Right Side

Michał Edelman
Poland / 2020 / 67 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
There Will Be More Springs to Come
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There Will Be More Springs to Come

Neringa Starkevičiūtė
Lithuania / 2018 / 27 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
The Kids in Wonderland
Believing in God is great. The director carries out a social probe into the roots of young Charismatics in his hometown in Slovakia. Pop songs, ecstasy-like states, and modern merchandising all target youth. What do representatives of a generation think about the recent phenomenon, the Charismatic Movement? 

The Kids in Wonderland

Ema Kovalčíková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 38 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
On the Moon, Luna, and Their Reflection
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On the Moon, Luna, and Their Reflection

Ivana Vogrinc Vidali
Slovenia / 2018 / 21 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
Mother. Gabriele. Television.
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Mother. Gabriele. Television.

Lucia Kašová
Slovakia / 2018 / 28 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
Hopschotch
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Hopschotch

Dasha Demura
Belarus, Russia / 2018 / 54 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
Heavy Metal
In this documentary, we are not going to discover anything about the eponymous musical genre but instead will meet a group of workers dismantling a high-rise building made of concrete and metal. The filmmakers observe and register their labour using ingenious, visually stunning images, sometimes joined into several composition plans.

Heavy Metal

Eugene Golovanevsky
Ukraine / 2018 / 47 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
Jochen
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Jochen

Daniel Fill
Austria / 2020 / 47 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
I'm 20
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I'm 20

Ekaterina Mamontova
Russia / 2018 / 45 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
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