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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Entering the Sea
Entering the Sea
Entering the Sea

Entering the Sea

director: Leonid Osyka
original title: Ta, shho vhodyt' u more
country: USSR
year: 1965
running time: 16 min.

synopsis

This important film presaging the Ukrainian poetic school was intended as Osyka’s graduation work, but the diploma committee deemed it too formalist and rejected it. A panorama in a series of inquisitive shots of a crowded beach serves as a prologue for a lyrical study of the movements, faces, and bodies of the men, women, and children; of the sun and the sea.

biography

The films of Leonid Osyka (1940–2001) are characterised by deep concentration and the ability to say more with images than with words. Along with Sergei Parajanov, he is considered a leading representative of the Ukrainian school of poetic film.

more about film

director: Leonid Osyka

other films in the section

The End of Holidays
This legendary musical film from the Perestroika era combines four video clips linked by the story of a young musician. It is a punk portrait of the Leningrad band Kino and its frontman, singer and actor Viktor Tsoi, whose performance style and looks made him a cult figure for Ukrainian youth.
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The End of Holidays

Serhii Lysenko
USSR / 1985 / 29 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Twist Twist
Twist-Twist is constructed from static shots of the reflection of ships’ masts dancing on a surface of the sea to a musical rhythm. A black-and-white film with strong visuals and contrasts, it is unlike any of his other films: a simple, playful arabesque that was shot, developed and edited in a single day, without any other story or subject underlying it. Although it is often compared to his final cineclub film, Fluorescences (1967), as it makes a somewhat similar impression on the viewer, the two films are quite different. While Twist-Twist possesses the fresh approach of an emerging filmmaker, Fluorescences reveals the sum of his artistic and personal evolution in terms of both technique and subject matter.

Twist Twist

Ante Verzotti
Yugoslavia / 1962 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Boxing
Ion Grigorescu’s conceptual film depicts a boxing fight of the author with his own image in a double exposure. The fight takes place in nudity, outside the boxing ring, without audience and the possibility of freeing yourself. Isolation becomes not only the source of suffering but also of internal strength. In the course of the action, the image of the winning boxer fades and the loser becomes prominent.

Boxing

Ion Grigorescu
Romania / 1977 / 3 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Going Towards the Spring
A possessed talking spring, a clueless blind man, and wandering humanity, three Fates, and a grand pagan ritual: a dark, poetic, visually bewitching Estonian ballad that can be perceived as a celebration of the archaic world, ecological morality, and as a political allegory on a ritual cleansing for the extinction of an advanced society.

Going Towards the Spring

Peeter Tooming
Estonia / 1979 / 11 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Anthony’s Broken Mirror
A lonely magician becomes the victim of his own illusions when he yearns for a mannequin in a shop window that is transformed into a young woman. The tragic ending shows the dangers arising from coveting an object of desire and the treacherous nature of the human psyche, which Makavejev had previously studied as an academic discipline. The soundtrack has been lost and in 2011 was replaced by a composition by Serbian composer Zoran Simjanović.

Anthony’s Broken Mirror

Dušan Makavejev
Yugoslavia / 1957 / 12 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Mirage
This award-winning student film uses humorous animated collages to explore the characters, actors, and work of the big studios. Set to a dialogue-like commentary and music evoking various cinematic genres, the film engages in a critique of the star system of cinema.
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Mirage

Arkadii Faustov
USSR / 1984 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Water supply
A poetic look at the work of a man from an Abkhazian port town who looks after the nearby woods and hillsides. The expansive hilly pastures, mountains, animals, and rivers form the setting for a rural idyll and symbolist scenes in which the man frees a wolf from a trap or cleans a creek bed.
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Water supply

Ada Kviraia
USSR / 1987 / 16 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
International Premiere
Pression
Šimunić uses double exposure to combine footage of people and scenes from 1970s Belgrade with garish images from television shows containing elements of pornography to create an illusory film. He joins scenes from everyday life with his penchant for erotica. This debut film, which took five years to make, uses visual games to explore the limits of the human perception.

Pression

Ljubomir Šimunić
Yugoslavia / 1975 / 15 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
19th Nervous Breakdown
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19th Nervous Breakdown

Naško Križnar
Slovenia / 1966 / 5 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Timing
In her structural film, Dóra Maurer is folding a white bed cover on a black backdrop. Using masks she divides the picture into segments that through the folding process create geometric compositions.

Timing

Dóra Maurer
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section: Conference Fascinations
The Seal
A man talks about life in a repressive society in this satirical critique of power and bureaucracy. The concept of a seal acts as a leitmotiv for the narrator’s milestones in life (birth, marriage, death). The film is one of Makavejev’s earlier works (it was made in 1955), but its story and message nevertheless remain timeless.

The Seal

Dušan Makavejev
Yugoslavia / 1955 / 18 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Transformation
Transformation is a short film crafted by Grzegorz G. Zgraj as part of his final student film dissertation. The film explores the structure of images and the relationship between sound and image. By using zoom and fragmented imagery alongside flute and prepared pianos, Zgraj illustrates the complexity of the visual structure.

Transformation

Grzegorz G. Zgraja
Poland / 1978 / 4 min.
section: Conference Fascinations
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