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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Transit

Transit

director: Mandy Krebs
original title: Transit
country: Germany, Luxembourg
year: 2016
running time: 11 min.

synopsis

This silent portrait of a multipurpose compound that serves as a storage site, maximum security space, and luxury showroom slowly turns into a bizarre black-and-white science-fiction movie with the building as the main character. Despite its abstract nature, the meticulously composed rhythmic combination of austere, carefully framed shots lacking any other context is a fitting architectural commentary on the spirit of our era.

biography

Mandy Krebs (1987) studied fine arts in Braunschweig. Her site-specific works focus on analyzing the architecture’s relationship to social, economic, and physical forces in general.

more about film

director: Mandy Krebs
producer: Mandy Krebs
photography: Mandy Krebs
editing: Mandy Krebs, Marko Schiefelbein

other films in the section

Model Village
This studio experiment is a fictional excursion to Kijong-Dong, the city of spirits in the North Korean demilitarized zone, to which the director was refused entry. The town, built in 1950, is a Potemkin village, an empty film set. Here it is also depicted using white models with transparent models of empty houses. DETAIL: It gleams in the dark like the white tip of an iceberg in the dark mass of the ocean: a model composed of the perfect lines of the contours of the hills rising above the city. Birds sing, the loudspeakers broadcast voices. Not a sign of life anywhere.

Model Village

Hayoun Kwon
France / 2014 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Stand-by Office
The camera enters an office. The receptionist answers the telephone, her co-workers drink coffee during their break and talk about their plans. Later, there is a meeting. The stiffness of the situation reveals a hidden story. What exactly took place from June 2015 to September 2016 in the government building in Amsterdam?

Stand-by Office

Randa Maroufi
Lebanon, France, Netherlands, Romania / 2017 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks
A documentary study of the eye and its functions. A compilation of images from various places gives the function of the eye new meanings. It is a tool for instilling fear, the soldier uses it to find his target, and looking into the eye of your executioner can cause him to doubt his actions. What happens when the eye stops looking?

An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks

Adéla Komrzý
Czech Republic / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Portrait of a Dead Father
A film about how a person remains within a person. A portrait of a father and daughter and their relationship. About the imprint our parents leave on us, and how to come to terms with their influence. About how much they influence our lives and the extent to which we are like them. Parental love is love for a child and a continuation of oneself. How much can we change this and what must we sacrifice in order to break free from this mutual dependency and to live and define our own lives? "What am I? Defined in opposition to you? Isn't this film another provocation? An incessant struggle?"

Portrait of a Dead Father

Pavla Sobotová
Czech Republic / 2013 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
We are Mutants
The reform of the Austrian postal service opened up the burning issue of employees who cannot be fired before retirement. The presented data forces us to think about the dangerous but socially acceptable measures taken by large companies that result in employees with nothing to do, apathy, surfing the web, and contempt for human dignity. The working rhythm is determined by the rapid movement of the sorting equipment. Package after package. In the office on the table is an abandoned computer mouse wrapped in an electrical cord. A man takes off a postal uniform; he has one artificial leg.

We are Mutants

Konrad Wakolbinger
Austria / 2013 / 14 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
Last Portrait
A fog-shrouded journey to the other shore. An epilogue to the life of an anonymous man setting out for his last journey down the river of life. The commentary consists of silence and of shots of oars in the water. This atmospheric spectacle of the preparations for an Indian funeral attempts to create a final portrait of one person and his family during their final farewell.  

Last Portrait

David Varela
Spain / 2011 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
May You Rot Alive
Two professors settle personal accounts at the Department of Philosophy of Brno's Masaryk University. In 2008 professor Jaroslav Hroch received a total of 17 anonymous abusive emails. His colleague Břetislav Horyna was eventually indicted (and convicted) of sending these emails. Interviews with both participants in this bizarre case. "As for Hölderlin, shut the fuck up!"Ich und ich im wirklichen leben.Ich und ich in der Wirklichkeit. Ich und ich in der echten Welt.Ich und ich. Ich fühle mich so seltsam. DieWirklichkeit kommt. die Wirklichkeit kommt.

May You Rot Alive

Pavel Lukáš
Czech Republic / 2013 / 14 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Pareidolia
A Zen-like story wrapped in atmospheric music results in an unusual artistic project. Saskia Olde Wolbers specializes in a specific genre of video. This fantastical underwater documentary takes the audience down into a world of abstract forms and unusual models. An impersonal voiceover, interlaced with the wealth of images, describes the origins of the famous book Zen in the Art of Archery.  

Pareidolia

Saskia Olde Wolbers
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section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
The Enemy Within Me
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The Enemy Within Me

Milja Viita
Finland / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Waste no. 2 Wreck
A political visual poem about the current situation on the island of Lampedusa. The sharp contrast between the wrecks of refugee boats and the “most beautiful beach in the world according to Tripadvisor.com” disappears in a foggy mist of associations, melancholy ironic narration, grainy lyrical images, and ambient music.

Waste no. 2 Wreck

Jan Ijäs
Finland, Italy / 2016 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Missing Parts
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Missing Parts

Alfredo Covelli
Palestinian Territories / 2012 / 5 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
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The Contract

Lina Mannheimer
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section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
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