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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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On Guard

director: Jeamin Cha
original title: On Guard
country: South Korea
year: 2018
running time: 18 min.

synopsis

The film is a skit on the parallels between a caretaker and a security guard embodied by the character of a young man who keeps watching over everything all the time. Repetitive and automated everyday tasks are accentuated by monotonous aesthetics of the camera and a slow-moving pace, introducing the audience into the world of Korean pragmatic mentality and sense of responsibility. 

biography

Korean director Jeamin Cha (1986) graduated in arts & design in London and Seoul. Her work, balancing on the borderline of film, video art and visual arts deals with relations of political power to individual freedom.

more about film

director: Jeamin Cha
cast: Jongook Yang
producer: Shinjae Kim
photography: Gookhyun Kang
music: Minwhee Lee

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section: Short Joy
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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
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An Inaccurate Distance
Translator Riccardo Bertani almost never leaves his house, but still travels in his imagination through his linguistic book transformations. For him, language is a true gateway to other worlds. And although the translator speaks the entire time about other worlds and the frontiers of knowledge, we observe his home in detail from an intimate distance.DETAIL:“I've always been interested in Russian writers but my first translation have been from Ukrainian. Within 6-7 weeks I was already writing Ukrainian. And then the Russians followed and then many others until the Yakutsk.”

An Inaccurate Distance

Giovanni Giaretta
Italy / 2014 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Dvalemodus
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Dvalemodus

Mattias De Craene, Bieke Depoorter
Belgium, Norway, Germany / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
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Ingrid Pokropek
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Bailu Dream
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Bailu Dream

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The Horses of a Cavalry Captain

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The Memory Atlas
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Capital Cuba

Johann Lurf
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Becoming
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Becoming

Jan van IJken
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World Premiere
Borders
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