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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...
In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...
In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...
In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...
In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...

In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...

director: SJ. Ramir
original title: In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...
country: Australia, New Zealand
year: 2017
running time: 5 min.

synopsis

Wandering on the edge of darkness, the camera records grainy objects and pulls hesitant signs of the searched-for refuge from the darkness. By carefully working with light, the filmmaker sketches a unique place bathed in silence and uncertainty, on the back of specific depictions of buildings and landscapes.

“The theme explored in my work is that of ‘journeys’ – both physical and metaphysical; alluding to isolation of the individual and isolation of place.” SJ. Ramir

biography

SJ. Ramir (1971) is a New Zealand photographer and filmmaker who has recently begun to work with the digital image. His works often show the perspective of a person in the middle of an empty landscape. By using custom camera filters to distort reality, he evokes a feeling of loneliness, which is an integral part of his work. The Ji.hlava IDFF previously screened his films Our Hands Are Empty (2014) and Cold Clay, Emptiness… (2010).

more about film

director: SJ. Ramir
producer: SJ. Ramir
photography: SJ. Ramir
editing: SJ. Ramir

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Tudor Village: A One Shot Deal

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section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
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personal program

Baroque Femina (Nr.7-11)

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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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Tomaž Burlin
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section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
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personal program

tracked

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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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personal program

HOLIDAY IN THE SEA OF SUPREMACY

Roger Horn
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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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Some Clouds Float Distant

Gonzalo E. Veloso
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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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Field of Infinity

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section: Fascinations
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Latency Contemplation 2

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section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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section: Fascinations
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WHERE DO WE GO

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section: Fascinations
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Shapes of Facts

Yoshiki Nishimura
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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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