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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Jump

director: Giedrė Žickytė
original title: The Jump
country: Lithuania, Latvia, France
year: 2020
running time: 85 min.

synopsis

Like many citizens of the Soviet Union at the time, Lithuanian seaman Simas Kudirka believed that a better future awaited him in the West. On 23 November 1970, when the Sovetskaya Litva he was on passed by the USCGC Vigilant, he decided to take advantage of the opportunity and jumped no less than three metres from the Soviet fishing boat onto the US Coast Guard patrol boat. This bold attempt of his to obtain political asylum caused social upheaval and prompted some very important dialogue between the two world powers. The dramatic re-enactment of this curious incident also reveals how radically the US government’s attitude towards refugees has changed since the Cold War.

Q&A with the director Giedrė Žickytė:

biography

Lithuanian director and producer Giedre Žickyte (1980) studied fine arts in Vilnius. Her first feature-length documentary, How We Played the Revolution (2012), was screened at festivals in Rotterdam and Sheffield, and much like in her later film, Master and Tatyana (2015), it depicts life in Lithuania during Soviet rule.

more about film

director: Giedrė Žickytė
producer: Giedrė Žickytė, Uldis Cekulis
photography: Rimvydas Leipus
editing: Thomas Ernst, Danielius Kokanauskis
sound: Jonas Maksvytis

other films in the section

Duet Tests
The film is the result of meetings between a dancer and a cinematographer who met every morning and late afternoon for five consecutive days and recorded their improvised interaction. The rhythm of this series of experimental tests shot on 16mm film reveals not only the dancer’s movements, but also the dynamic movement of the camera, editing, and a game played with the mirrored reflections of the dance studio.

Duet Tests

Pamela Vail, Jeremy Moss
United States / 2016 / 30 min.
section: Testimonies
World Premiere
Oleg and the Rare Arts
This intimate portrait of the Russian composer Oleg Nikolaevitch Karavaychuk came to life through observations of the artist’s creative routine. The striking visual aspects of the documentary draw from the potential of Karavaychuk’s personality, which, within the Russian context, is just as disquieting as Oleg’s music is to its listeners.

Oleg and the Rare Arts

Andres Duque
Spain / 2016 / 67 min.
section: Testimonies
Czech Premiere
Stuff As Dreams
In a collage of private scenes and fragments of medialized events as part of the “war on terror”, Guli Silberstein uses his typical method of digital image degradation with the help of compression algorithms to draw attention to the actual process of remediating images and thus in two way raises questions as to their representation, credibility, and the emotions that they can carry.

Stuff As Dreams

Guli Silberstein
United Kingdom / 2016 / 6 min.
section: Testimonies
World Premiere
In the steps of Trisha Brown
This documentary captures the moments when the colleagues of Trisha Brown (1936), the choreographer who changed the face of post-modern dance, pass on their knowledge to a new generation of dancers. The film reveals the magical world of innovative and captivating movement, which requires a large dose of imagination, concentration, and deep feeling in every part of the body.

In the steps of Trisha Brown

Marie-Hélène Rebois
France / 2016 / 79 min.
section: Testimonies
International Premiere
Oeconomia
Director Carmen Losmann’s film looks for answers to some of the crucial questions of today: Why is economic inequality on the rise? Why are both individuals and states increasingly indebted? Why is it that it is the clients who pay the most for bank crises? In order to understand the rules of a game, from which only a very small percentage of the participants benefit, she approached representatives of the banking and financial sector. Some wished to remain anonymous. The director put their answers into the mouths of actors and supplemented them with illustrative computer graphics. The document thoroughly, clearly and with foresight, analyzes the paradoxes of continuous economic growth and presents a tangible form of a system whose mechanisms should remain invisible in the interests of capitalism.
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Oeconomia

Carmen Losmann
Germany / 2020 / 89 min.
section: Testimonies
Czech Premiere
RES CREATA - Humans and other animals
Technological advances and cultural development have disrupted the balance between humankind and other animals. Instead of looking at similarities, we focus on differences. Co-existence has been replaced by dominance. We have forgotten that we live in a house that does not belong only to us. However, the ties between humans and other inhabitants of the animal kingdom have not been irreversibly broken. In his visual essay, which is both intimate and philosophical, Alessandro Cattaneo focuses specifically on those things that connect us. The statements of thinkers and idyllic shots of interspecies interactions indicate that if we change the way in which we think about animals, it will be beneficial for the entire ecosystem.     “I loved animals, but from a distance. The film was an exploration of a new territory when we started to shoot the film. From that day on, I experienced being so close to so many animals. You feel really naked when you are two feet away from black horse and a man riding him without a saddle.” A. Cattaneo Q&A with Allessandro Cattaneo:  
personal program

RES CREATA - Humans and other animals

Alessandro Cattaneo
Italy / 2019 / 80 min.
section: Testimonies
East European Premiere
Dugma: The Button
An everyday observation of Syrian men who have volunteered to be suicide bombers in the struggle against the government. The mosaic of monologues and testimonies slowly changes into a “conversation with the enemy” in an attempt at breaking through unspoken cultural prejudices.

Dugma: The Button

Paul Refsdal
Syria, Norway / 2016 / 58 min.
section: Testimonies
European Premiere
Kandahar Journals
What Louie Palu experienced during the four years he spent covering the war in Afghanistan as an independent reporter exceeds the possibilities of photography. A montage of images, diary entries, commentaries, and authentic video footage creates a bleak document with an atmosphere as inhospitable as the Afghan landscape. This film may serve as a catharsis even for its makers.

Kandahar Journals

Louie Palu, Devin Gallagher
Canada / 2015 / 76 min.
section: Testimonies
East European Premiere
Peter Handke - In the Woods, Might Be Late
This documentary portrait explores the life and works of the Austrian author Peter Handke (1942). Through interviews, quotes, and archive materials Corrina Belz takes a look at the life and thoughts of this famous artist. She has created an empathic and inspirational film about the perception of reality and how it is transformed into a work of art, initiating questions about how one should live.

Peter Handke - In the Woods, Might Be Late

Corinna Belz
Germany / 2016 / 89 min.
section: Testimonies
Czech Premiere
Homecoming - Marina Abramovic and Her Children
"I come from a dark place, Tito's Yugoslavia," says Marina Abramović at the start of the film, which captures her heartwarming return. The journey to her native Belgrade where the Serbian performer now calls home after many years leads us to the various cities where her travelling exhibition The Cleaner is being presented. The artist recalls her tumultuous relationship with her homeland, her parents and her own body, and recapitulates how she crossed the border between states and between creator and audience. Her work springs to life not only in archive footage, but also in the performances of young performers who, much like her children, carry on their "mother's" legacy.Discussion with the director to watch HEREQ&A with the director:
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Homecoming - Marina Abramovic and Her Children

Boris Miljković
Serbia / 2020 / 83 min.
section: Testimonies
Czech Premiere
Vivos
At the end of September 2014, a group of students from the Ayotzinapa School of Education was brutally attacked by the police and masked assailants while passing through the city of Iguala. Six people were killed and another forty-three are missing after being abducted. Since then, their relatives have been living in uncertainty, unsuccessfully asking government authorities for the truth. In their minds, the victims are still alive. By alternating meditative, lyrical images and intimate interviews with the survivors, Ai Weiwei builds a complex, overly empathetic account of the tragedy caused by the repressive practices of a corrupt state where justice is almost impossible to obtain.   „The film is not an investigative documentary. It puts aside the facts uncovered by investigations into the case, paying more attention to how human survival is maintained under such circumstances. How does an ordinary family, after losing a loved one, face this society? How do they face themselves in their domestic lives? They must confront a reality they are unprepared for, which is the need to demand justice from the government and society.“ A. Weiwei
personal program

Vivos

Ai Weiwei
Germany, Mexico / 2020 / 112 min.
section: Testimonies
Czech Premiere
The Dilemma of Desire
The clitoris mainly serves for female pleasure and has long been ignored by modern medicine until recently. While a woman's body has always been considered an erotic symbol, a woman's sexual desire has always been considered less important than a man’s or even taboo. Biologist Stacey Dutton, queer activist Coriama, designer Ti Chang, and artist Sophia Wallace point out how cultural, political and religious norms ruled by patriarchal society have led women to suppress their own desire. Each of them tries to demystify the established perception of female sexuality and, thus, end phallic dominance. Because without the equality of pleasure, there can be no equal society.   „The Dilemma of Desire is a film that connects the consciousness of clitoral facts -- THE TRUTH -- with a female empowerment that is way beyond sexual satisfaction.“ M. FinitzoQ&A with the director Maria Finitzo:
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The Dilemma of Desire

Maria Finitzo
United States / 2020 / 108 min.
section: Testimonies
Czech Premiere
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