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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

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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Wim Wenders
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section: Special Event
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The Candidate: The Rise of Emmanuel Macron
Shot in the style of traditional observational documentaries, The Candidate takes a behind-the-scenes look at the election campaign of the current French president Emmanuel Macron. But the camera focuses not just on his flashy façade – it mainly looks at how it was created with the help of various advisors and spin doctors.

The Candidate: The Rise of Emmanuel Macron

Yann l'Hénoret
France / 2017 / 112 min.
section: Special Event
World Premiere
The Gatekeepers
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The Gatekeepers

Dror Moreh
Israel, France, Germany, Belgium / 2012 / 96 min.
section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
Aquarela
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Aquarela

Viktor Kossakovsky
United Kingdom, Germany / 2018 / 89 min.
section: Special Event
East European Premiere
Far From Afghanistan
A tangle of commentaries, fragments, the confusion of war, bombings, explosions and thermo-vision images of the clash of civilizations within the virtual dimension of audiovisual images. A confusion of images from observer planes, the daily record of war and civilian life and forest contemplations. An urgent and intense documentary essay on civilization’s curse of the carefree life, a personal commentary on kidnapping of the filmmaker’s daughter and child abuse. The owl as a spectre of the night. A hypnotic, tense, and unsettling portrait, with a surgically precise aim and unclear meaning. An ambivalent delirium of viewpoints sanctifying foolish wisdome and impenetrability.

Far From Afghanistan

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section: Special Event
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The White World According to Daliborek

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section: Special Event
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Communism and the Net or The End of Representative Democracy

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section: Special Event
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An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

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section: Special Event
The Spirit of '45
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The Spirit of '45

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section: Special Event
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A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

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section: Special Event
Czech Premiere
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Tribute to Rumanová: Hotel Sunrise

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section: Special Event
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section: Special Event
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