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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Traffic
Traffic

Traffic

director: Zbyšek Semelka
original title: Traffic
country: Poland, Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 52 sec.

synopsis

A bustling scene somewhere between documentary, abstraction, and animation, based on a static view of the intersection of Adam Mickiewicz and Józef Piłsudski Streets in Warsaw, is transformed into an audiovisual jumble of noises, shapes, colors, and movement, among which we see pedestrians, cars, and public transport vehicles.

biography

Zbyšek Semelka (1996) is interested in the unknown and the unseen. He studies animation and interactive art at the University of West Bohemia. In 2016, he created the festival spot for the Anifilm animated film festival.

more about film

director: Zbyšek Semelka
producer: Zbyšek Semelka
photography: Zbyšek Semelka
editing: Zbyšek Semelka
music: Zbyšek Semelka
sound: Zbyšek Semelka

other films in the section

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Civilization at the Crossroads: The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Future of Socialism in Educational Films of the Sixties The screening is a precursor to the exhibition The Self-Awareness of Science: The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Limits of Emancipation, which will open in December 2018 at Prague’s Display and FUTURA galleries. The exhibition will look at the activities in the 1960s of an interdisciplinary research team led by philosopher Radovan Richta that was expected to present a vision for “the new Czechoslovak model of socialism.” The advent of cybernetics and automatization was expected to help create a more humane socialist society in which people would be liberated from manual labor and from preexisting ideological authorities and predefined roles. The exhibition, which is being prepared by a team of historians, curators, and artists, tries to find the fine line between the liberating potential of science and technology and their use for maintaining and cementing technocratic power or authoritarian regimes. Its aim is to reconstruct the interdisciplinary dialogue of the 1960s, which has recently taken on new meaning, in particular in relation to the subjects of automatization, a society without work, or climate change.   The screening is part of the project “Shape the Future! The Concept of the Science-Technical Revolution,” organized as part of the program “Strategies AV21: Europe and the State: Between Barbarism and Civilization” (Czech Academy of Sciences, 2018)  

The Scientific-Technical Revolution and the Future of Socialism in Educational Films of the Sixties

120 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Moss Ball
In a world where wildlife loses its place, there is a need to replace it. The allusion to a trailer advertising the soft green moss ball breaks down the distance between the sterile human habitat and the sea plant popularized as an organic element of any home.

Moss Ball

Anežka Horová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
About Me
In this short film, animated natural objects express the artist’s inner world: an unending search for new ways to do projects, searching for hidden meanings, and overcoming the fear of experimentation. The film’s central motif is, however, synesthesia as experienced through the fusion of physical sensory perceptions.

About Me

Anastasia Serdyuk
Czech Republic / 2017 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Exhausted Sun
A mysterious cinematic poem about remembering a long-lost summer afternoon. Disturbing abstract details of natural elements permeate the metaphor of a children's game, passing in a contemplative vision of the spiritual essence of light and darkness, in which opposites eventually dissolve into units of primal matter.
personal program

Exhausted Sun

Tomas Rampula
Czech Republic / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Life in Patterns
Domlátil’s short animated film shows the daily rhythms of life at a speed of twelve frames per second. He works with real objects that we use in our regular lives or that we pass by without noticing them. Working with the textures, patterns and symbols he finds on them, he creates a visual continuity.

Life in Patterns

Vojtěch Domlátil
Czech Republic / 2017 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Tradition
The town of Kyjov has two traditions: folk culture and methamphetamine. Dressing up in folk costumes is one of the things that the region of Moravian Slovakia is known for, but it is a façade funded from the municipal budget. Then there is the less idyllic reality of daily life, the status of men and women, and drinking at the 24-hour bar or in one’s basement. An exacting rhythmic film poem, shot and edited like its subject – traditionally, i.e., using analogue film.

Tradition

Kateřina Turečková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Transformations /  Vapors / Melanosis
An essay focusing on the topic of the exploitation of natural resources has as its primary theme water, showing its forms and changes in the chain of industry. The deep soundtrack is as dark as dirty water leaking from a power plant and, together with images of industry, evokes a sense of ecological anxiety.

Transformations / Vapors / Melanosis

Michal Kindernay
Czech Republic / 2017 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
How to Stop Watching a Video That Never Ends
A film essay based on the conflict between decorative shots from a bird’s eye perspective and three mechanical, linearly-connected monologues dissects the subconsciousness of an individual saturated with a multitude of differing choices, opinions, and possibilities in the numbers-driven age of digital media.

How to Stop Watching a Video That Never Ends

Jan Martinec
Czech Republic, China, Taiwan / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Apart
In her short, emotional film about life after the loss of a loved one, the author enthrallingly deals with a difficult topic, using techniques of both feature and animated film. Real experiences of the narrators, accompanied by an animated reconstruction of the painful situation, create a mournful insight into the thoughts of three young people untimely exposed to death.

Apart

Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Czech Republic / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Hypnagogia
An animated depiction of the half-waking state before we fall asleep. Various people describe how they see the state between waking and sleeping, while the visual show hypnagogic hallucinations – i.e., the vision that accompany the process of falling asleep. Colours are intertwined with shapes to create abstract landscapes from which every now and then concrete objects emerge.

Hypnagogia

Magdaléna Kvasničková
Czech Republic / 2017 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Ústí
A poetic short portrait of the Ústí region of the Czech Republic. Using experimental means of expression, the director creates a hypnotizing study that combines natural and urban landscape motifs into a multi-layered dynamic collage. The film was shot on 16 mm stock and was created without the use of visual effects.Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz: Out of competition

Ústí

Lukáš Janičík
Czech Republic / 2017 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Pastiche
Inspired by the concept of retromania, the filmmaker calls attention to the current trend of recycling older visual styles and artifacts from the last decades of the 20th century. The numerous defects in image quality and the psychedelic soundtrack from homemade cassette recordings were created on purpose when digitalizing the original analogue material.
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Pastiche

Magdalena Kašparová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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