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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Spectator
Spectator

Spectator

director: Mike Hoolboom
original title: Spectator
country: Canada
year: 2017
running time: 8 min.

synopsis

The filmmaker’s father walks wordlessly around his home. He sits in a chair, reading the newspaper. The image, veiled in dust that reflects the afternoon sun, shows only parts of the reader before eventually revealing the entire person, while the director is a silent observer of events.

“Suzuki: In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” M. Hoolboom

biography

Mike Hoolboom (1959) is a leading Canadian experimental filmmaker. He has worked as the artistic director of the Images Festival and has written numerous books on experimental cinema. His personal and essayistic films are mostly made using “stolen footage” and explore subjects such as mortality and sexuality. His works are a regular feature at the Ji.hlava IDFF, and in 2003 the festival honoured him with a retrospective.

more about film

director: Mike Hoolboom
producer: Mike Hoolboom
photography: Mike Hoolboom

other films in the section

Cry Havoc
A mass of protestors in remediated scenes, a becomes an expression of the strength and passion of the crowd, while dynamic abstractions and visual shifts show changing interpretations of people´s expressions within a crowd and of their reasons and objectives for protesting, all in a lightning-fast onslaught of media images. “Cry Havoc is part of a long-term research project in which video works process images of violence and protest from TV and online news media, studying the complex nature and impact of these images, and looking for new aesthetic forms.” G. Silberstein

Cry Havoc

Guli Silberstein
United Kingdom / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Lviv Intervision
A found footage reminiscence of the beginnings of Ukrainian TV broadcast in 1957 and the first 20 years of its operations, when the first factory for manufacturing televisions began operating in Lviv, presents not only programs broadcast at that time, but also the way television transformed the household and family structures. "Despite it’s archival form, our film is not about the soviet past but today’s virtuality - a dramatic story of the the gaze and the sedation of a newly emerged TV-spectator, which continues until now." A. Onufrienko, S. Menzelevskyi, E. Parvulesco  

Lviv Intervision

Anna Onufrienko, Elias Parvulesco, Stanislav Menzelevskyi
Ukraine / 2018 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Stay If You Can / Go If You Must
A portrait film of two female contemporary Hong Kong artists shot over ice and smoke, in which these two substances reflect the real-life, turbulent events currently playing out in the ill-fated Special Administrative Region of the PRC. The poetry of words and introspection overlap here in several different layers with the throbbing, relentless prose of documented reality.   "An abstraction on a real event pushes further imagination and emotion in a different time and space for further introspection." E. Wendi
personal program

Stay If You Can / Go If You Must

Elysa Wendi
Hong Kong SAR China / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Touche moi pas!
Footage of two automobiles from director John Frankenheimer’s American crime movie 99 and 44/100% Dead struggles with the dizzying speed of editing. Combined with the 1963 Patricie Carli hit Demain Tu Te Maries, the film is a melancholic dance in which the mysterious cars are mere symbols for coming together, moving apart, and being intertwined.  

Touche moi pas!

Yves-Marie Mahé
France / 2011 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
noimage
FilmFACE presents various fictional representations of Adolf Hitler, focusing on his facial expressions and the iconic representation of evil. Although there are exceptions, the film gives meaning to repeating features, thus turning the range of actors’ expressions into a frightening drama presenting the Führer’s many different faces and moods.

Conference

Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Austria / 2011 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Disintegration 93-96
The personal insecurities and pent-up emotions of a Filipino immigrant to the USA give way to political ruminations and critical commentaries on the colonization of the mind by the American Dream. A montage of family movies from the title’s years presents an anatomy of family ties and a reliving of one’s own identity. “With every project I think I learn filmmaking from scratch, all over again in a new way, and I say ‘fuck that’ to whatever process I did before.” M. Reverza

Disintegration 93-96

Miko Revereza
United States, Philippines / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
noimage
FilmCOMPOSITION organizes photographs of New York in order to create a model of urban movement. The film selects inconspicuous details whose multiplication breaks through space and, in rhythmic compositions, emphasizes motifs of industrial parks or transportation networks.

Prelude 02 - 07

Maria Kourkouta
France / 2010 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Latency Contemplation 2
Natural textures and close-ups of various surfaces of soil, rocks and water are vertically sliced and rhythmically abstracted. Within the stream of images, this tour of the outer world becomes a way of experiencing the landscape and its transformations, in whose regularity we can find stability and inner peace. “Cho´s internal visions and perception of the outer world come together in an abstract meditation on space, place and sound. Natural landscapes are pushed to the edge of abstraction through layering and other forms of manipulation.”

Latency Contemplation 2

Seoungho Cho
United States, South Korea / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Árvore da Vida (Madeira)
From a green surface emerge the contours of a tree standing on the edge of a rainforest, the branches lightly swaying and the leaves slowly slicing traces of their movement into the endless plain. Even if in some places the surface of the image has healed, digital disintegration can cut off another piece, and this process does not cease until the tree dissolves into the uniform mist.  

Árvore da Vida (Madeira)

Jacques Perconte
France, Portugal / 2013 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Tudor Village: A One Shot Deal
Winnipeg is becoming depopulated. Today it is even emptier because its residents have gone to watch a solar eclipse. But one building administrator is encouraging people to endure. He shows his house and praises the living conditions. An unassuming sketch providing an everyday picture of the city’s residential district.Familiar everyday places give rise to subtle moments such as the darkening sun shimmering among the building’s interior and exterior.

Tudor Village: A One Shot Deal

Rhayne Vermette
Canada / 2012 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Elements 1,2,3
Tree, water, house. An exploration of particles of visual depiction and musical passages composed into impressions and unambiguities with the characteristics of movement, contrast and stylistic attributes that form the foundations in a study of the fragility and solidity of visual depiction. “Celluloid must go on!” T. Burlin

Elements 1,2,3

Tomaž Burlin
France / 2017 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Stoned
The algorithmic break-down of images of a stone colonnade creating hallucinatory patterns contrasts with the peaceful dusk among the old hallways and colonnades of Cambodia’s Buddhist temple of Angkor Wat, through which barefoot monks slowly walk, copying their daily rituals.The geometric fragmentation into a flicker composition consisting of mathematically precise cuts and rhythms works well in relation to the architecture and represents a provocative violation of the natural harmony of the place and building.

Stoned

Seoungho Cho
United States / 2013 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
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