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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Neighbours
The Neighbours
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The Neighbours

The Neighbours

director: Martin Búřil
original title: Sousedi - příběh Rudolfa Bělohoubka
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

This animated documentary revives the story of Rudolf Bělohoubek in the form of moving “comic” drawings with commentary. After the Second World War, the son of a Czech father and German mother witnessed the execution of his parents by the Revolutionary Guards, who even had some of the family’s neighbors amongst their ranks. 

biography

The artist and animator Martin Búřil (1980) joined the Department of Animation at FAMU in Prague after graduating from FaVU in Brno. He creates multimedia projects, collaborates with Prague's alternative theatre scene, and creates artistic installations.

more about film

director: Martin Búřil
producer: Viktor Portel
music: Matěj Kroupa
sound: Adam Levý

other films in the section

Idle by the Sea
This experimental film shows natural phenomena in their raw form. Views of the sea are a multifaceted metaphor for birth, loss, madness, and death. Archetypal sequences accompanied by a cacophony of sound blend with the filmmaker’s intimate shots. The mysteries of life are presented in nineteen minutes.

Idle by the Sea

Kinda Hassan
Lebanon, Egypt / 2017 / 19 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Oh Brother Octopus
Nomads in the seas of Indonesia say that when a women gives birth to a child, she also gives birth to its twin in the form of an octopus. A look at a cultural environment shaped by traditional folk beliefs. The camera follows a man swimming with his face submerged in the sea in a ritual honouring the octopus. Dishonouring your aquatic brother can lead to misfortune.

Oh Brother Octopus

Florian Kunert
Germany / 2017 / 27 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
It all came to pass, All fell into my hands like a five-petalled leaf, But there has to be more
In a Moscow apartment, Andrei Tarkovsky’s sister and brother-in-law remember the famous filmmaker. A film-collage consisting of family photos, visual impressions, narrative scraps, and vague and confusing memories reveals neglected fragments from the life of the Russian artist against a background of ambient music.
personal program

It all came to pass, All fell into my hands like a five-petalled leaf, But there has to be more

Sergei Sviatchenko, Noriko Okaku
United Kingdom, Denmark / 2018 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Mud road
A three-hundred-kilometer unmaintained dirt road is the only way to reach the nearest hospital from a remote African village. Through naturalistic observational camerawork, the film captures the journey of an ambulance driver in southern Ethiopia struggling to overcome all possible obstacles in order to safely deliver a laboring woman to the doctors.
personal program

Mud road

Francesco De Giorgi
Ethiopia, Italy / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Landline
There’s a helpline just for gay farmers. Through authentic recordings and reconstructed situations, the film offers a glimpse into the issue of British gay men from rural areas. For farmers it’s difficult enough to admit their orientation to themselves, let alone to their not-so-gay-friendly surroundings. 

Landline

Matt Houghton
United Kingdom / 2017 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Transit
This silent portrait of a multipurpose compound that serves as a storage site, maximum security space, and luxury showroom slowly turns into a bizarre black-and-white science-fiction movie with the building as the main character. Despite its abstract nature, the meticulously composed rhythmic combination of austere, carefully framed shots lacking any other context is a fitting architectural commentary on the spirit of our era.

Transit

Mandy Krebs
Germany, Luxembourg / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Stand-by Office
The camera enters an office. The receptionist answers the telephone, her co-workers drink coffee during their break and talk about their plans. Later, there is a meeting. The stiffness of the situation reveals a hidden story. What exactly took place from June 2015 to September 2016 in the government building in Amsterdam?

Stand-by Office

Randa Maroufi
Lebanon, France, Netherlands, Romania / 2017 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)
This documentary combines interviews with participants in ethnographic research led by the filmmaker personally with footage of his own personal reflections and insights. The recordings, gathered during the three years prior to the end of the authoritarian regime of Zimbabwean president Mugabe, is accompanied by 8mm footage of Rhodesia.

Research / Souvenir (Dialogues)

Roger Horn
South Africa, Zimbabwe / 2018 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Borders
An immobile camera monitors a path winding through the fields. The movements of the crowd are a harbinger of the interruption of the static image. The procession of refugees, under the watchful eye of military forces, winds in an orderly fashion through the Slovenian countryside. They march on, uninterested in the camera’s eye or in the revelation of their existence.

Borders

Damjan Kozole
Slovenia / 2016 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Find Fix Finish
“Have you ever stepped on an anthill and not given it a second thought?” asked a military drone pilot. Intimate stories of professionals about their routine everyday job: monitoring the movement of targets on the ground. Accompanied by almost meditative images from a drone’s perspective, the film poses an ethical dilemma regarding the consequences of pressing a single button.

Find Fix Finish

Sylvain Cruiziat, Mila Zhluktenko
Germany / 2017 / 19 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
The Memory Atlas
The Memory Atlas refers to the unfinished work of Aby Warburg, a mentally ill German art historian. A surrealistic flow of ideas from his authentic writings from his stay in the Bellevue psychiatric hospital in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland commingles with the medical records of his psychotic states, tracing the border between madness and genius in one zoom out.
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The Memory Atlas

Domenico Centrone
Belgium, Italy / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
I Was Here
Director Zaina Erhaim has decided to explore her Syrian hometown of Idlib, which is controlled by anti-regime forces. Original footage captures familiar neighborhoods in ruins, where Erhaim leaves what is perhaps the last human footprint. This secretly-filmed documentary presents a visual experience of the loss of home and of meeting loved ones in a new reality.

I Was Here

Zaina Erhaim
Syria / 2017 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
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