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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

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De Potentia Dei
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De Potentia Dei

Ondřej Vavrečka
Czech Republic / 2016 / 66 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
Loathing...
A personal essay inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano (1952). Using machins learning on the level of deep reading, the film processes visual and audio records, distorting them, rearranging them, and subsequently submitting them to an algorithm created in part by artificial intelligence that reconstructs the sequences and arranges them in chronological order.

Loathing...

Franz Milec
Germany, Czech Republic / 2017 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
The Weather of Time
A metaphorical weather forecast portrays human emotions and sentiments in confrontation with contemporary social debates. The lightly satirical tone of the tv moderator’s presentation accompanies a video collage featuring a central motif of the Earth in which Africa is shrouded by clouds of existential questions and a spiritual crisis front threatens Europe.

The Weather of Time

Adéla Součková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Hoax
A flying saucer floats through the sky in black and white, creating the illusion of alien forces; upon taking a closer look, it’s obvious that it’s just a toy. The filmmaker examines the issue of videos spreading untruthful alarm messages using the same principles, highlighting the fine line between fact and fiction.

Hoax

Jakub Korselt
Czech Republic / 2016 / 1 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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
Powerless Source of All Power
This journey in a static shot from Lubomír Lipský's Cirkus je cirkus (Circus Is Circus) explores the relationship between memory and visual history. A fragment from the visual database of the collective memory is accompanied by excerpts from an essay by Karel Kosík on the inability of Czechs to affect real politics through democratic elections.
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Powerless Source of All Power

Zbyněk Baladrán
Czech Republic, Greece / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Dialogue
A dialogue between audio and video reinterprets a scene from the movie The Stranger (1967, dir. Luchino Visconti), in which the condemned debates with a priest about the absurdity of life, death, and the non-existence of God. The debate is abstracted by the skewed image as seen through cut glass and the meanings of their words take on a certain timelessness.

Dialogue

Kryštof Strejc
Czech Republic / 2015 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Funeral
Through performances in the post-industrial landscape of the Most Basin, the filmmaker addresses the consequences of exploiting natural resources. Live tableaux, in which symbolic funerals for the devastated landscape - paradoxically full of strange unnatural beauty – are held, are a critical commentary on how we deal with the natural environment.

Funeral

Vladimír Turner
Czech Republic / 2016 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Anomaly
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Anomaly

Eva Lammelová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 22 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Images of the Outer World
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Images of the Outer World

Martin Janoušek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
How to Stop Watching a Video That Never Ends
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How to Stop Watching a Video That Never Ends

Jan Martinec
Czech Republic, China, Taiwan / 2018 / 8 min.
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