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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Soar

director: Patrick Bokanowski
original title: L'envol
country: France
year: 2018
running time: 8 min.

synopsis

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 
Color / 7 minutes 40" P. Bokanowski

biography

Patrick Bokanowski (1943) tears down our assumptions regarding the essence of the cinematic medium. His visual experimentation with contrasts, compositions, rhythm, and perspective inexorably shatters documentary’s lens of supposed objectivity and attacks the reliability of the viewer’s senses. His experiments take on the form of a sensory amusement park that grinds down the bizarreness of everyday reality and offers the viewer an uplifting, intimate experience.

 

more about film

director: Patrick Bokanowski
producer: Patrick Bokanowski
music: Bokanowski Michèle

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The Shifting Sands
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The Shifting Sands

Madi Piller
Canada / 2018 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Hypnodrome
The simple combination of movements by the camera and the observer creates a hypnotic ride in which, despite a voiceover emphasizing calm and relaxation, rotating objects and lights create an unsettling physical experience and dig the viewer´s imagination deep into grogginess of unsettled look. “Hypnodrome is motion-induced delirium. A cinematographic look through the ‘egocentric camera’ and an homage to cinema as a site of contemplation and trance.” R. Wilhelmer

Hypnodrome

Richard Wilhelmer
Austria / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Cry Havoc
A mass of protestors in remediated scenes, a becomes an expression of the strength and passion of the crowd, while dynamic abstractions and visual shifts show changing interpretations of people´s expressions within a crowd and of their reasons and objectives for protesting, all in a lightning-fast onslaught of media images. “Cry Havoc is part of a long-term research project in which video works process images of violence and protest from TV and online news media, studying the complex nature and impact of these images, and looking for new aesthetic forms.” G. Silberstein

Cry Havoc

Guli Silberstein
United Kingdom / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
The Escape Agents
A re-construction of the illegal smuggling of a family across the border from East to West Berlin in 1988. Told in photographs, the film shows a chilling story of escape in the trunk of a car and an encounter with agents of the East German secret police. The images’ unknown origin adds a sense of the universal and calls into question the course of events.  "While researching my first feature, I stumbled across these photos in the Stasi archives and decided to try to make a story around them. I was shocked when I found out the true identity of the people " S. Calonico  

The Escape Agents

Scott Calonico
United Kingdom, German Democratic Republic, Germany / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Pixel Jungle
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Pixel Jungle

Klara Ravat
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section: Fascinations
East 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
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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Dead End, rewind reversal
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Dead End, rewind reversal

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section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Portbou
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Portbou

Agata Mergler, Cristian Villavicencio
Spain, Canada / 2016 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
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Yin-Ju Chen
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section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
ENOLAEMEVAEL
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ENOLAEMEVAEL

Kathryn Ramey
United States / 2016 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
We Still Have to Close Our Eyes
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personal program

We Still Have to Close Our Eyes

John Torres
Philippines / 2019 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Displacement
The image’s fragile cohesiveness, disturbed by digital disintegration and overlays to create a visually impressive composition, emphasizes the need to think about remediated messages on the subject of nationalism and militarism, for the filmmaker works with images of Palestinian fields being burnt by Jewish settlers and vows taken by Israeli soldiers at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. “My work tracks patterns in nature, landscape and human form, perceived by camera and mind, struggling to comprehend the vast intensity of the living experience of the world through electronic media.“ G. Silberstein     
personal program

Displacement

Guli Silberstein
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section: Fascinations
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