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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

director: Cristi Puiu
original title: Moartea domnului Lăzărescu
country: Romania
year: 2005
running time: 148 min.

synopsis

It was supposed to be just another run-of-the-mill evening for Mr. Lazarescu, but his sudden nausea would soon lead to the beginning of a tragicomic odyssey. This road movie, characterized by its immediate realistic form, takes a bitter look at a socially unwelcoming health care system that both steps and falls on people burdened by all the bureaucracy. The director managed to blur the lines between the real world and the fictional world with his distinctive approach, while the documentary’s handheld camera enhances this feeling and completes the already functional concept of working with an actor. The film remarkably captured the state of society at the time, which was strikingly similar to the novels of Franz Kafka.

more about film

director: Cristi Puiu
cast: Ion Fiscuteanu, Doru Ana, Clara Voda, Dragoș Bucur, Bogdan Dumitrache
producer: Bobby Paunescu, Anca Puiu, Alexandru Munteanu
script: Cristi Puiu, Răzvan Rădulescu
photography: Oleg Mutu, Andrei Butica
editing: Dana Bunescu
music: Andreea Paduraru

other films in the section

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 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: Alber Serra
Spanish solitaire and a juror of the Between the Seas section, Albert Serra, winning the Golden Leopard Award at last year’s Locarno Film Festival, gained renown for his triptych of unprecedented adaptations – Honor de cavalleria, Birdsong and The Story of My Death, in which classical literary figures Don Quixote, Casanova or Dracula act as abstract, but all the more fascinating principles. Serra’s innovative methodologies and an unorthodox approach to cinematography earned him the nickname “radical classic”. This eccentric artist hardly follows any scripts, his films are based on improvisation and are free of narrative conventions. Aside from his film work, he also produces video-art. His Master Class will provide an insight into the principles of his work.

Masterclass: Alber Serra

Albert Serra
Czech Republic / 2014 / 107 min.
section: Masterclass
People (Passing by)
A short film from 1967 in the Mediterranean city of Split, showing the dynamics of the streets and the people who walk them, while focusing on their movements, facial expressions and the way in which society is polarized into sickness and health. The repetitive manic laughter is an expression of helplessness, encapsulating contrasts in space and time and evoking Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse: “The best laid plan of mice and men / of go awry, / And leave us nothing but grief and pain, / Instead of promised joy!” Detail: An old man lights a cigarette, coughing and dropping it as the music stops. The camera shows us where the cigarette is, but the man is incapable of finding it.

People (Passing by)

Lordan Zafranović
Yugoslavia / 1967 / 10 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Peter Tscherkassky
Austrian experimenter and master of the found-footage genre, Peter Tscherkassky is this year’s juror of the Fascinations section. His Master Class will start with the screening of Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine, premiered at Cannes IFF as part of the independent section, Quinzaine des réalisateurs. The Master Class itself will focus on an analysis of this film. Peter Tscherkassky was born in 1958 in Vienna. He studied journalism and political science as well as philosophy at the University of Vienna. Tscherkassky began filming in 1979 when he acquired Super-8 equipment and before the end of the year he had scripted and started off the shooting of Kreuzritter. Tscherkassky’s deconstructions of film material reinterpret fragments from the history of cinematography, simultaneously creating entirely unique qualities.

Masterclass: Peter Tscherkassky

Peter Tscherkassky
Czech Republic / 2014 / 82 min.
section: Masterclass
Afternoon (Rifle)
On a hot summer day in a courtyard in Split, a game between a man and a boy reflects the contrast between life and decay that plays out around them. The banality of the act of killing and the naked female body represent levels of being that are paralleled by the use of space. Age, sexuality, and spatial elevation are combined and juxtaposed, inspiring a sense of estrangement from their structure. The play of light and shadow embodies and accepts the irrationality pointed out through the suggestive questions read in the background by the old woman.Detail:- “Kill it! Kill it! Kill it!”- “Put it away, put it away! Is it young?”- “It’s old, come on, kill it!”

Afternoon (Rifle)

Lordan Zafranović
Yugoslavia / 1967 / 15 min.
section: Masterclass
Game
A sophisticated game of cat and mouse in which the constantly moving camera is the hunter and the young woman wandering the streets of Ljubljana to the sounds of jazz music is the prey. The film spent fifty years hidden under the bed of one of the filmmakers and was first screened at a meeting of Slovenian amateur filmmakers.„All my films have certain message and only important thing for me is and was to catch a spirit of time.“ K. Godina

Game

Jure Pervanje, Karpo Godina
Yugoslavia / 1965 / 6 min.
section: Masterclass
Czech Premiere
No Home Movie
Chantal Akerman dedicated this film to her mother, who after her liberation from Auschwitz shut herself up in her home. Akerman accentuates her hyperrealist style through the use of digital technology (cheap DV camera, smartphone), thus capturing not only the closeness of home but also the distance between her mother’s life and modern nomadic existence.

No Home Movie

Chantal Akerman
Belgium / 2015 / 112 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Artavazd Peleshyan

Masterclass: Artavazd Peleshyan

Artavazd Peleshyan
120 min.
section: Masterclass
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 Karel Vachek: How Vachek films Communism
Professor Karel Vachek (1940), the doyen of Czech documentary film and the last active member of the New Wave, is filming his latest cinematic novel, which has the working title Communism. In his film, he argues that revolutions are always followed by the restoration of the old order, and that power and wealth continue to be held by just a select few. Vachek guides the viewer through a collage of his personal memories, framed by scenes from his films, costume designs and news archives. During his lecture, he will show a roughly one-hour excerpt of recently edited scenes and will engage in audience discussion. And perhaps he will reveal whether he has managed to convince actress Jiřina Bohdalová to participate in his project.

Masterclass Karel Vachek: How Vachek films Communism

Karel Vachek
Czech Republic / 2017 / 30 min.
section: Masterclass
Masterclass: Kidlat Tahimik
Film director, screenwriter and an actor whose films are usually associated with the Third Cinema movement and with the criticism of Neo-colonialism. Kidlat Tahimik is one of the most acclaimed Philippine filmmakers, a laureate of the “Plaridel honorarium for Independent Cinema”, whom many of his colleagues and film critics call the “father of Philippine independent cinema”. In his Master Class, he will present clips from his (Video Essays), and a new part of his Magellan Film. The audience will be guided through the creative process in which the unscripted film is born out of the collaboration with the universe.

Masterclass: Kidlat Tahimik

Kidlat Tahimik
Czech Republic / 2014 / 95 min.
section: Masterclass
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