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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

other films in the section

abiding
A visual miniature made of a single image strip, evokes the process of wandering through the landscape through both captured images and through images made by motion of their individual parts, resourcefully putting in use optic features of film imprint in order to let the scenes disappear in the structure of the material by blurring and slurring their outlines. “I build shutterless cameras to bypass sequential frame-by-frame recording and document reality using an uninterrupted flow of light. The world appears melted together in a single image shifting in time.” U. Petronin
personal program

abiding

Ugo Petronin
Netherlands / 2019 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Latency, Contemplation 1
A digitally distorted seascape brings out the horizon, which together with the rolling waves creates a visually hypnotic abstract composition of horizontal surfaces, moving in time to minimalist piano music and electronically manipulated ocean sounds, in a seemingly continuous observation of the shore. “Each line with its own intrinsic ‘intuition’ metamorphoses my perception, exploring how all these personal, inner experiences, both illusionary and tactile, shift and transform into a visual poem.”

Latency, Contemplation 1

Seoungho Cho
United States, South Korea / 2016 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech 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
Of her Kingdom
Memories of sounds, everyday artefacts, fragments of situations, visual traces of gestures along with fleeting expressions of inner movements bring about in a gentle way the blanks and losses in this diary essay on the paramount importance of space and behaviour, duration of (un)happiness and focus on the present moment as a means of defence against exhaustion. “A film about absence/bereavement; trying to remember "her" gestures and presence through scattered fragments of memories, reminiscences of sounds and a decaying silence.” V. Guilbert     
personal program

Of her Kingdom

Vincent Guilbert
Japan / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
more than everything
A pensive analysis of the vision and perception apparatus shared by all two-eyed beings gazes far ahead and in an intriguing perception experiment, explores the imagination of the depth of field and the illusory consistency of the image while dissecting the routine perspective on objects, shapes, motion and the phenomena around us."This is a dance between your brain and the world. We are bathed in interferences from sensual data to what might be out there. We will go to another land, we will try another sea. One plus one equals three." R. Kohlberger

more than everything

Rainer Kohlberger
Germany / 2018 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
not even nothing can be free of ghosts
Made without a camera, using algorithms programmed to respond to the rhythm of light, this film explores the topology of dark space and tests the senses through vibrating light compositions whose rhythm of appearing and disappearing leaves a trace in the viewers’ minds even after they have left the darkness of the cinema. Austrian-born visual artist Rainer Kohlberger (1982) lives and works in Berlin. He creates experimental films, installations, and videos using algorithms to generate animations that he accompanies with life performance. He is a recipient of the ZKM AppArtAward for artistic innovation. His works test the limits of the viewer’s senses and play with the imperfection and subjectivity of human perception.“In my film, created out of ‘nothing’ with the help of algorithms, a constant pulse unveils materiality in a condition between being and non-being, since matter is merely vacuum fluctuations.”

not even nothing can be free of ghosts

Rainer Kohlberger
Austria, Germany / 2016 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Home
A Cuban home as a non-place reflected in artefacts accessed through recollections, materials and textures. A delicate film poem is a collection of aberrations of the utmost intimate memory with scenes and activities referring to building, deconstruction, places and events that create associative reflections on the meaning of the term “home”.  “Starting from the portrait as a support and exploring its expressive possibilities, I enter into the reconstruction of beings and spaces that I have never known or visited.“ A. Alonso Estrella
personal program

Home

Alejandro Alonso Estrella
Cuba / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Untitled, 1925
In high-contrast black-and-white images of nature and mountain villages, the filmmaker meditates on family origins and identity while traveling across the Andes along the same route taken in 1925 by her Jewish grandfather (a professional boxer originally from Romania) in order to acquire Peruvian citizenship, which 12 years later allowed him and his family to leave Europe. Peru native Madi Piller (1960) lives in Canada, where she works as an independent filmmaker, animator, and programmer and curator for the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS). Her abstract poetic films combine various cinematic styles and techniques and explore themes of memory, introspection, and the search for cultural identity.“Delving into memory and reflecting on territorial space, the film revisits a passage in life. By using 16mm high contrast film and by processing the silver essence of the film material resurfaced as a layer such as the hidden treasures of the Andes.”

Untitled, 1925

Madi Piller
Canada / 2016 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
International 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
Liquid Landscape
After spending two years studying and collecting images created using various wet development processes for 16mm film, Wang explores the visual forms of material fluidity in order to celebrate invisible micro- and macrostructures whose chimeras are laid bare in moving patterns.   "I am often inspired by the beauty of errors produced in analogue film production and use unwanted analogue visual noise and patterns, such as dust or watermarks to create imaginary cinematic landscapes." N. Wang

Liquid Landscape

Nan Wang
Netherlands / 2017 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Not Moldova, 1937
A diary witness of the author’s journey to Moldovia, a country which her parents had been forced to leave in the 1930s due to their Jewish origin. Archival footage combined with stories of survivors recalls the exodus, war and totalitarianism, confronting images of local objects with scenes of traditional rituals.  “In my film I witnessed spaces and silently collected painful history that carved pain and suffer.” M. Piller
personal program

Not Moldova, 1937

Madi Piller
Canada, Moldova / 2019 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Latency Contemplation 3
The disappearance of flowing textures of fluid and rocky landscapes alternates with patterns set in a grid of homogenous horizontals in a simple lyricism of hypnotic image and sound compositions and views of unexpected rhythms in flowing montages. "My ongoing questioning of the oscillations between my internal visions and the outer world comes with its own intrinsic intuition and metamorphoses my perceptions." S. Cho  

Latency Contemplation 3

Seoungho Cho
United States, South Korea / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
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