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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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La Tigresse
La Tigresse
La Tigresse
La Tigresse

La Tigresse

director: Fabrizio Paterniti Martello
original title: La Tigresse
country: Italy
year: 2019
running time: 14 min.

synopsis

"She was defending her son like a tigress," is how the protagonist of the experimental film describes his traumatizing encounter with death. The circumstances of the incident are somewhat unclear but what is essential is the way its eyewitnesses reacted and the feelings it provoked in the narrator which are portrayed by the film through a powerful montage of black-and-white shots.

biography

Italian filmmaker Fabrizio Paterniti Martello (1988) studied literature and film editing. The Tigress (2019) is his second short film. His first film, Ex Voto (2016), won an award at the Turin festival.
 

more about film

director: Fabrizio Paterniti Martello
producer: Fabrizio Paterniti Martello

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Exit Point
An intimate look at the world of a man who lives his passion through the sense of freedom that he experiences when jumping off mountaintops or the highest buildings in the world – and when running away from prying eyes or seeking an escape route between the buildings. However, succumbing to the taste of adrenaline comes with many risks, some of them fatal.Moments of inexorable falling. "Fucking" joy that the parachute opened. Flying past waterfalls, approaching a lake, hitting the hard asphalt during nighttime jumps. Images filled with vertigo.

Exit Point

Jagoda Szelc
Poland / 2012 / 17 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Landline
There’s a helpline just for gay farmers. Through authentic recordings and reconstructed situations, the film offers a glimpse into the issue of British gay men from rural areas. For farmers it’s difficult enough to admit their orientation to themselves, let alone to their not-so-gay-friendly surroundings. 

Landline

Matt Houghton
United Kingdom / 2017 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
New Life
This minimalist portrait of young parents offers a voyeuristic look at their daily routine. The intimate scenes, dominated by just two colors (grey and red) and shot using a slow zoom, are accompanied by the sounds of the city and barely audible dialogues.DETAIL:“I now remember my dream, daddy. You were at work. I was across the street. Helping some lady I think. I don't really know why. I don't remember. But I was afraid.”

New Life

Kiro Russo
Bolivia / 2015 / 16 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
April
The ferry's name was Sewol (which means the passing of time), and it happened in April (which is Sawol in Korean). The tragic death of a larger number of people affected the film’s director to such a degree that she decided to make this contemplative miniature, which brings together reflections about the absurd accident and interpersonal distances with 3D animation of personal living space.DETAIL:“It was not my life. It was someone else’s. It was not my tragedy. It happened to others. There was no particular reason why I survived. Nor was there any reason why they died.”

April

Oh Eun Lee
France / 2015 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Reconstructing a Family
Twenty years ago, a family fell apart. Twenty years later, four independent testimonies by various family members reconstruct this sad time. As voiceovers to the film, their memories illustrate fictional visual material while at the same time embodying the hazy picture of how things were. Even 20 years later, the husband and wife laugh when remembering the beginning of their love, and cry when describing their separation. Tone of voice becomes the sole dramatic element in this otherwise impersonal Norwegian documentary.

Reconstructing a Family

Charlotte Røhder Tvedt
Norway / 2012 / 35 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
The Cake
An observational look at the interaction between two elderly women: 100-year-old Ema and her six years younger sister Zosie. The camera sensitively documents how these two once famous hostesses try to bake a cake at their advanced age. In so doing, it offers a perceptive portrait of their personalities and their relationships.  

The Cake

Małgorzata Goździk
Poland / 2017 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Interiors & Exteriors
The filmmaker tracks one aspect of life in a diverse Muslim community: prayer. This standard daily activity may take place even in the hustle and bustle of a busy street. This single-take short documentary focuses on people as they walk in front of the camera and uses details to classify them into different castes.

Interiors & Exteriors

Ashique Mostafa
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section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Coriolis
Two women separated by continents share the same blood and come from a country where the local climate creates strong winds. The film was shot at several locations in the form of a video installation, whose poetics emerge from the director's staged dreamlike situations. One of the sisters is on a beach and the other in Helsinki in the winter. The exchange of the two women's thoughts winds through the film like an invisible thread, creating an unconscious correspondence about their experiences, set to the sound of the wind.

Coriolis

Milja Viita
Finland, Benin / 2013 / 13 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
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Jorė Janavičiūtė
Lithuania / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
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Butterfly Disaster

Caryn Cline
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section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Swifts
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Swifts

Andran Abramjan
Czech Republic / 2013 / 3 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
I Wish
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