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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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how we live – messages to the family
how we live – messages to the family
how we live – messages to the family
how we live – messages to the family

how we live – messages to the family

director: Gustav Deutsch
original title: so leben wir - botschaften an die familie
country: Austria
year: 2017
running time: 107 min.

synopsis

Migration is a natural process and moving images have crossed borders ever since the invention of film. Using found footage and based on his own journey from the Netherlands to Morocco, Austrian director Gustav Deutsch deconstructs home video as a format as an unconscious aesthetic code connecting homes across various frontiers.

biography

Gustav Deutsch (1952) is an Austrian director working with found footage. His films have appeared regularly at Ji.hlava, including Film Is (1998), World Mirror Cinema. Episode 1-3 (2005,) and FILM IS. A girl & a gun (2008). 

more about film

director: Gustav Deutsch
producer: Gabriele Kranzelbinder
script: Gustav Deutsch
photography: Gustav Deutsch, Mostafa Tabbou
editing: Gustav Deutsch
music: Christian Fennesz
sound: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer

other films in the section

West of the Jordan River
In 1982, Amos Gitai made a video diary tracking the progress of the peace process in the West Bank. Thirty-five years later, in something of a follow-up film, he conducts a dialogue with the inhabitants of the occupied territory. Disillusioned by politics, the Palestinians and the Israelis are trying to find their own way to achieve long-term changes.

West of the Jordan River

Amos Gitai
France / 2017 / 84 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
Sarajevo Songs of Woe
"SARAJEVO SONGS OF WOE" is a filmic triptych containing of the two tales "Blue Ballad for Lovers" and "Blue Rondo for Survivors" and the documentary middle part "Blue Psalm for Wolves". They are flowing into each other and so building up a universal mosaic of fragmented life situated in the town of Sarajevo. The camera follows different protagonists and interweaves with their cinematic round-dance of hope and despair, love and death and their quest for a dignified life.

Sarajevo Songs of Woe

Fred Kelemen
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany / 2016 / 140 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
Mrs. Fang
Mrs. Fang suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s disease. She no longer recognizes the people around her, she cannot speak and can barely move. Mrs. Fang is dying. Her relatives, friends and the filmmaker have gathered by her bed to, over the course of several days, show us dying as something that is both ordinary and that connects us all.

Mrs. Fang

Wang Bing
France, China, Germany / 2017 / 86 min.
section: Special Event
Central European Premiere
Combat Obscura
The film is a series of images of everyday life of US soldiers at an Afghanistan military base, interviews and shaky shots from a hand-held field camera. Alongside matter-of-fact depictions of devastating consequences of war, the filmmaker also reveals behind-the-scenes army life bursting with cynicism, chauvinist humor, but with fear and anxiety, too. 

Combat Obscura

Miles Lagoze
United States, Afghanistan / 2018 / 68 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Aquarela
Aquarela' takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Filmed at a rare 96 frames-per-second, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element.

Aquarela

Viktor Kossakovsky
United Kingdom, Germany / 2018 / 89 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Report
A 700-minute documentary is a historical record of the changes of independent music across China. Film, mammoth and complete, shows evolution and conflicts in which several generations of Chinese society are involved.

Report

Fan Wu
China / 2018 / 700 min.
section: Special Event
World Premiere
aw • rah • nyoosh
The young filmmaker and his father try to understand the experiences of his grandmother, who survived a concentration camp. Re-enacted scenes from a diary blur the line between witness and conspiracy, and the attempt at a reconstruction of the events opens the question whether, faced with death, anyone can ever remain a hero.

aw • rah • nyoosh

Ben Neufeld
United States, Ukraine, Poland, Germany / 2018 / 71 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Communism and the Net or The End of Representative Democracy
The six-hour essay in four parts examines the history of regimes and revolutions, leaders and martyrs, from a philosophical perspective. The collage of personal memories, staged scenes and archives of collective memory compares the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution and shows the exposure, conflict, crisis, and catharsis of the post-communist society. Democracy can be saved through creative laughter, dissolving the untouchability and hypertrophic egos of the representatives of state institutions. The Internet frees the society from representatives of the non-functional connecting link that prevents direct communication between citizens and institutions of power. “I can see you until I spot you. Once I spot you, I cannot see you anymore.” K. Vachek
personal program

Communism and the Net or The End of Representative Democracy

Karel Vachek
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2019 / 335 min.
section: Special Event
World Premiere
University and Freedom
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University and Freedom

Vít Janeček, Zuzana Piussi
Czech Republic / 2017 / 68 min.
section: Special Event
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Peshmerga
This wartime essay spends several months following the Kurdish fighters in their struggle against the Islamic State. Rich on information, the film is based on an emotional contrast between visually captivating footage of battle and the consequences of war, accompanied by the filmmaker’s strongly rhetorical commentary.

Peshmerga

Bernard-Henri Lévy
France, Iraq / 2016 / 92 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Putin's Witnesses
Vitaly Mansky revisits footage which he shot in late 1999 in close proximity to Vladimir Putin, when he first entered office as President of Russia. Mansky's commentary reflects on the epoch and Putin's actions and behavior, contrasting these with subsequent events. 

Putin's Witnesses

Vitaly Mansky
Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic / 2018 / 102 min.
section: Special Event
Meuthen's Party
Jörg Meuthen looks like a polite provincial politician. This intimate behind-the-scenes look at his candidacy for German parliament as a member of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) – putting up posters, speaking at pubs, giving speeches before thousands of people – illustrates the unsettling ability of demagogic rhetoric to speak to the masses.

Meuthen's Party

Marc Eberhardt
Germany / 2017 / 93 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
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