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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Firefly

director: Claudia Claremi
original title: Centella
country: Cuba
year: 2019
running time: 17 min.

synopsis

A performative film that compiles close-up shots of concentrated faces with abstract images converging towards a distinct point of light and geometric shots of dancing figures to create an associative image of fireflies, which in Cuban mythology represent ghosts, echoes of fires, or souls passing in the night.

“Through collaborative processes and experimentation, I make films that allow a sensory experience, expanding the spectator’s perception of the social/political/cultural/personal phenomenon portrayed.” C. Claremi 

biography

Spanish-born artist Claudia Claremi (1986) studied documentary film in Cuba and fine arts in London. She has been making documentaries and experimental films since 2012. Her artistic projects and films have been shown at numerous international film festivals and at galleries in several different countries.

more about film

director: Claudia Claremi
cast: Isabel Dickinson
producer: Lila Falcón
script: Claudia Claremi, Tatiana Monge
photography: Pablo Ascanio
editing: Juan Quirós
music: Rafael Ramírez Pupo
sound: Bianca Martins

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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
The Moons of Palaver
Images originally from the tests of spotlights are inserted into models where they evoke the phases of the Moon and in regular intervals combine to hint at a harmonic line of bright reflections. A fleeting arrangement of the traces of humans and machines forever trapped in the depths of the night.  "The Moons of Palaver had to be short, quiet, with soft light, gently mechanical, edited late in the night, a paradox and a mystery. It had to be a poem that I couldn’t possibly write." E. Gaucher  

The Moons of Palaver

Eric Gaucher
Canada / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Pancoran
Motorcycles and cars are lost in the sound of traffic and disappear in bands sliced into film footage of Jakarta’s roads. The horizontal and vertical lines or checkerboard patterns emphasizing the density and chaos of the crowded roads were made by optically printing 16mm film. “Jakarta’s bikes are gloriously arresting. Unified into a flow and yet jerky and autonomous, like a visual ‘gamelan’ of motion, a disparate yet concordant ensemble. I tried to get close to its inherent musicality.” R. Tuohy

Pancoran

Richard Tuohy
Australia / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
La Notte Salva
Tiny animals of different kinds were filmed by night and then magnified under semi-transparent spherical glasses. The activity of constantly moving organisms subjected to magnification results in unexpected images of unrest, changeability, migration and creativity in altering shapes. „La notte salva is a path of sensations that attempts to gather around its nature without revealing it, without opening itself to any human language.“ G. Boccassini
personal program

La Notte Salva

Giuseppe Boccassini
Germany, Italy / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
African Film School
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African Film School

Roger Horn
South Africa / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
International 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
Synthetic-free
Wave follows wave. Real movements of the ocean, redrawn by computer-generated animation, flow into the picture frame in relation to real-time wind speeds, their visibility defined by natural light levels. The monotonous sound further emphasises the endless irregularity of the observed. “3D Computer Graphics have powers for making new images. They are mostly used for entertainment. However, they can surely be applied more to creating new methods and ideas for exploring experimental expressions.” Y. Nishimura

Synthetic-free

Yoshiki Nishimura
Japan / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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     
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An Angry Crowd

Jean-Michel Rolland
France / 2019 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Some Clouds Float Distant
A visual illustration of the process of remembering, when the mind associates the image of an object with similar images based on the person’s mental organization. These are more a reflection of his identity than an imprint of real things and events. “I’m interested in creating works that exist as experience themselves. I consider it necessary to implement the sensitive, the sensual, the experiential into the artwork: to appeal to an erotic of artwork.” G. E. Veloso

Some Clouds Float Distant

Gonzalo E. Veloso
Spain / 2017 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Elements 1,2,3
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Elements 1,2,3

Tomaž Burlin
France / 2017 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
JEAN LUC NANCY
A miniature inspired by the leading contemporary French philosopher. The fragility of examining the possibilities of uniqueness and subordination in relation to something different. Objects here do not function as symbols; a crystal pendulum and anonymous figures highlight the multitude of loopholes and fundamental non-discursiveness of expressing delicate subjectivities. "The film is about the duality of one’s search for their own individuality versus the desire to belong." A. Zwirchmayr  

JEAN LUC NANCY

Antoinette Zwirchmayr
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The Shifting Sands
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The Shifting Sands

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