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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Dorottya Zurbo
original title: Távolság
country: Hungary
year: 2017
running time: 8 min.

synopsis

The filmmaker returns to a Hungarian village for her last visit to her grandmother. The blurring images emphasize the mental distance resulting from physical distance, but also the time that has passed since the childhood memories remembered in her quiet voiceover, which make up for the disappearing memories of the aging body.

“The film grew out from a personal life situation when my grandmother got dementia at the age of 85. While she was losing her memories I tried to keep them even stronger than ever.” D. Zurbó

biography

Hungarian filmmaker Dorottya Zurbó (1988) studied documentary film directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. Her contemplative works explore personal memories but also look at broader social issues such as immigration, homesickness and aging.

more about film

director: Dorottya Zurbo
producer: Erika Winkler
script: Dorottya Zurbo
photography: Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai, Asia Dér
editing: Dorottya Zurbó
music: Andor Sperling
sound: Rudolf Várhegyi

other films in the section

Soar
A digital miniature in which the form into which the image is deconstructed emphasizes the things we leave in our wake – trajectories of movement, actions, decisions, gestures. This guide of the traces we leave behind dissolves into a depiction of the things that remain; the simple visual approach raises the imperative of understanding the consequences of the movements of mind, body, and things. "Choreography of an imaginary journey 
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Soar

Patrick Bokanowski
France / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
In This Valley of Respite, My Last Breath...
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

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

SJ. Ramir
Australia, New Zealand / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Pit
Contemporary and archival footage of the Berkeley Pit, an open pit copper mine in Montana – today filled with contaminated water – is chemically altered using poisonous substances from this water containing copper, arsenic, cadmium, zinc, and sulfuric acid in order to call attention to the destructive consequences of mining. “The film shows the destructive consequences of mine waste through a variety of photochemical processes using the same contaminants found in the water of the pit.“ J. Gerlach
personal program

The Pit

Jona Gerlach
United States / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
8th October 2016
The title of the film is the date on which the editorial staff of the Hungary´s largest opposition newspaper, Népszabadság, was fred. The filmmaker tore up copies of that day’s issue, layered them, and then turned them into an urgent collage expressing his yearning for the free expression of opposition viewpoints. The visible edges of the film emphasize the impossibility of presenting information in a complete context. “Our film is a simple political statement. It was made in two days, right after the shut-down of Népszabadság.” B. Máté, P. Lichter

8th October 2016

Péter Lichter, Bori Máté
Hungary / 2016 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Airship
The latest film by this legendary experimental filmmaker puts together news footage of giant airships that emphasize their monstrous size and nearly nightmarish impression using realistic images in which the filmmaker nevertheless emphasizes their mythological and mysterious nature, as well as the sense of awe they evoked in their time. The golden age of the airship was in the interwar period, when they flew to the North Pole, crossed the Atlantic, and even circumnavigated the globe. During the war, they were used for naval reconnaissance, especially by Germany, and to engage in airborne terror against civilians. Later, they were used (primarily in the United States) as airborne radar stations.

Airship

Kenneth Anger
United States / 2012 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Biblion
A visual study of the book as a medium and cultural artefact. Parallel images analyse books from the point of view of appearance and material with the film plunging into the depths of their microscopic fabric while, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the variety of their surfaces, textures, fonts and shapes blossoms into structured volumes ordered on a bookshelf. “Born from observing the phenomena of quietly vanishing old book stores, our work first became an exploration of the medium of the book itself, and then grew in to something more haunting.” E. Tammi, S. Ekström  
personal program

Biblion

Saara Ekström, Eero Tammi
Finland / 2019 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Field of Infinity
Inspired by Italian Renaissance art, the filmmaker transforms news reports of protests in the Gaza Strip into a painting of people and the landscape, as if the boundaries of fields and meadows were a place for overcoming political limitations and the ability of an expansive viewpoint presented the ideal of inhabiting the visible.  "The struggle for liberation intertwines with nature rejuvenation, creating an array of reflections." G. Silberstein  

Field of Infinity

Guli Silberstein
United Kingdom / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
La Mesa
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La Mesa

Adrian Garcia Gomez
United States / 2018 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
On the Border
The filmmaker takes hundreds of photographs of ocean trash that has washed up on the shores of Japan and uses the photogrammetry technique to turn them into sculptures. When filmed in the virtual space, they become mementos of environmental irresponsibility and examples of the excesses of our affluent way of everyday life. "Looking through the eyes of new technologies, we can have unexpected and incredible views of the reality." Y. Nishimura  

On the Border

Yoshiki Nishimura
Japan / 2018 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Musical Landscape
This conceptual experience in which differences in color are translated into notes on a piano looks at the area surrounding the port of Marseille. The result is a musical composition created through an abstracted reflection of the nature, look, and visual diversity of a place where ships arrive and depart. "Through video artworks, I ruminate both on the notions of temporality and duality of digital arts - the interplay of the sound and the image - to build new realities to the world around us." J.-M. Rolland  

Musical Landscape

Jean-Michel Rolland
France / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
An Aviation Field
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An Aviation Field

Joana Pimenta
Portugal, United States, Brazil / 2016 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
CAMERA (Notes on Film 10)
A meditation on surveillance, dramatized by a person having panic and anxiety attacks in a white room with no doors or windows. The filmmaker reflects on the omnipresence of seemingly inconspicuous observation. The impossibility of a hidden camera’s objectivity is emphasized by reactive changes in its angle of view when the person attacks it. Austrian filmmaker and curator Norbert Pfaffenbichler (1967) is a pioneer of video art and a founding member of the VIDOK art group. His works often combine electronic music and abstract projections. Pfaffenbichler was the curator of the important group exhibition Abstraction Now at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna (2003), which worked with computergenerated sounds. Previously at Jihlava IDFF, he showed his film Intermezzo (Notes on Film 4) (2012).„Camera is a short étude on the topic of the invisible camera. it is part of my ‘notes on film-series ’ which deals with different topics from the history and theory of film.”

CAMERA (Notes on Film 10)

Norbert Pfaffenbichler
Austria / 2015 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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