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24th 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

An Angry Crowd
The paths of a flock of gulls diving for thrown pieces of bread are inverted into traces of light transforming the idyllic image into captivating abstract composition that evokes frenetic expressions of apparent anger or chaos. The effect is further underscored by his work with the sound, in which the cries of the gulls are converted into nervous echoes. “I’m working on the image and the sound /// in order to give new realities to ordinary life /// and share my audiovisual vision of the world /// in experimental video artworks /// since 2010.” J.-M. Rolland     
personal program

An Angry Crowd

Jean-Michel Rolland
France / 2019 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Exhumation
Desire without its object is like an image made unrecognizable by cutting out its parts; by scratching away part of the visible image, the image becomes a hole sliced into a pained body, fumbling about for what is missing, seeking physical contact and tangible proof of co-existence.  ""Exhumation" is my interpretation of the reports of Dali's death mask recently. I worked to physically peel back layers of representation to reveal disintegrated memories of figures that once were." D. McIntyre  

Exhumation

Daniel McIntyre
Canada / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
When You Awake
A scary yet funny tale about the journey to collective unconsciousness via experiments with hypnosis through a collage of found footage from instructional, documentary, and fictional films, layered with themes of personal experiences and frustrations, reflections on social stereotypes and desires, and images of wild or strange animate and inanimate nature. Jay Rosenblatt (1955), American independent filmmaker and trained psychotherapist, is the creator of over thirty films in which he examines the nature and limits of the human psyche and emotions. He has received over a hundred various awards for his work. In addition to teaching, he also organizes the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. His films I Just Wanted To Be Somebody (2006), Four Questions for a Rabbi (2008), and I Used to Be a Filmmaker (2003) have been screened at the Jihlava IDFF.“When You Awake was a pleasure to create, and hopefully that will come across to the audience. It was a nice departure for me since it is more playful than many of my films.”

When You Awake

Jay Rosenblatt
United States / 2016 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
For Delia
Made on 35mm film without the use of a camera, this film is dedicated to British musician and composer of electronic and concrete music Delia Derbyshire. The filmmaker works with drawings of Derbyshire’s scores and visualizations of her sound and music inventions, accompanied by a musical collage of sound compositions for theater performances. British filmmaker Mary Stark’s artistic roots are in textile design, which she uses as inspiration for her films. Her audiovisual works experiment with the sounds of factories and recording and projection equipment. Besides making films, she also creates audiovisual installations in which she works with the human body, light, shadow, and the materiality of the filmstrip.“My approach is led by directly handling the filmstrip and considering film as a sculptural mass, exploring how it can be presented as a visible tactile material and placed centre stage.”

For Delia

Mary Stark
United Kingdom / 2016 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
350 MYA
Traces of unrelenting wind and the edges of harsh light create tangible and illusory shapes within space. Patient observations reveal compositions of light and sand in the Tafilalt region of the Sahara Desert, which used to be the bottom of a prehistoric ocean, as hinted at by the subtle sound composition. Terra Jean Long (1983) lives in Toronto and teaches at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). Her films tell personal stories in a setting that mixes dream, fiction, and reality. She has shown her works at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, among other festivals.“The Tafilalt region in the Sahara Desert was once the Rheic Ocean. 350 MYA conjures the o cean’s presence in the landscape, deep time in the folds of space.”

350 MYA

Terra Jean Long
Morocco, Canada / 2016 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Blending and Blinding
Strictly working with the film material inside the camera, Tuohy updates slowly forgotten approaches to create a collage of architectural geometries. The monolithic nature of the image blurs the outlines of the buildings as the film frame disintegrates into grids cutting through the layers of the image in multiple exposures. The buildings depicted represent the cultures of the three main ethnic groups of Malaysia. "This film is dedicated to Paul Clipson and Robert Todd, both of whose works were specifically on my mind while filming this film in Malaysia in 2016." R. Tuohy  

Blending and Blinding

Richard Tuohy
Australia / 2018 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
The Philosophy of Horror (Part I): Etymology
The first part of a seven-part adaptation of the influential 1990 book of the same name by American philosopher and art theorist Noël Carroll. In the spirit of cinematic philosophy (filmosophy), Lichter explores various aspects of the horror genre – in this part, primarily the position of the characters, the human bodies, and the types of gazes to which they are subjects – by directly manipulating the body of the film. “The Philosophy of Horror: A Symphony of Film Theory is an immersive meditation on genre theory, which aims to demonstrate the eternal beauty of Art Philosophy and Pop Culture’s interconnectedness.” B. Máté, P. Lichter    
personal program

The Philosophy of Horror (Part I): Etymology

Bori Máté, Péter Lichter
Hungary / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Buffalo Death Mask
The filmmaker’s personal conversation with Canadian author Stephen Andrews about living with HIV is an intimate look at extreme situations and difficult-to-describe states of body and mind. The openness of the conversation reveals the maturity of meditations on sharing, isolation, the relationship to physical changes, and the subtle boundary between life and death. Footage from various sources and periods in the filmmaker’s life is complemented with hand-written titles that emphasize the film’s diary-like nature with a sense for detail, with the sensitive inclusion of self-reflection when describing relationships or counting pills.

Buffalo Death Mask

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2013 / 23 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
The End of Time
Delving for a brief moment into an everyday scene, we see various movements at various speeds and experience microstories representing the familiarity of the street. The classical technique of analytical slowing down different parts of the image at different speeds is used to capture an otherwise invisible phenomenon. “Sometimes in a flash you become aware of the fact that time does not matter.” M. Manchevski

The End of Time

Milcho Manchevski
Cuba, United States / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates
The color of skin and of film become the center of discourse: The filmmaker’s mixed-race background is reflected in imprints of the landscape and ruptures within it, but also in the color of the faded Kodachrome film, whose typical visual characteristics have dissolved in time. Hues are barely visible and only with difficulty capture the image of a body that does not fall into any clear categories.  "Where does film fail or resist us? Working on celluloid I make images which affirm mixed race culture and the cultural in between." R. Storr  

The Image that Spits, the Eye that Accumulates

Rhea Storr
United Kingdom / 2018 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Obatala Film
An anthology of rituals, masks, skin paintings, and other decorations, captured from up close in Ile-Ife, the legendary holy city of the Yoruba, who live primarily in southwestern Nigeria but also in some parts of Latin America and who consider the god Obatala to be the creator of Earth and of human bodies.  "I understand my cinematic practice as an inquiry into modes of experience and as a gesture of channeling. One of them could be the state of devotion and possession by spiritual and cosmic forces. " S. Wiedemann  
personal program

Obatala Film

Sebastian Wiedemann
Nigeria, Brazil, Colombia / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
International 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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