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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

other films in the section

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  

Biblion

Saara Ekström, Eero Tammi
Finland / 2019 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Mayhem
Minor irregularities are transformed into an elemental disorder of growing, jumping, decaying and reappearing bubbles, only to become focused into a circle of changing colors. Using digital tools, the author depicts the simple process by which water boils and cools again. Japanese experimental filmmaker, producer, and computer artist Yoshiki Nishimura has shown several of his films at previous editions of the Jihlava IDFF. In Fascinating Moments (2014) he followed the choreography of snowflakes, An Observation (2013) is a composition of upside images of the sea, and Orbiting (2015) explored the changing light of the moon as it shines through a visually manipulated digital image.“By using different media, we have great possibilities of expanding our views of reality into various directions.”

Mayhem

Yoshiki Nishimura
Japan / 2016 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Dushanbe
Through the use of animation, the backlit photographs blend with the director’s aunt’s memories of the mountains, the local views, and the inside of the home from which she was forced into exile. The fragments of memory offer insight into life in the diaspora through architectural projects by which the aunt has recreated her native Tajikistan in her new home in Darmstadt.   "Film is grounded in found footage through the photographic, constructing an assemblage from fragments of exile. I focused on colour, texture, and materiality in both image and sound, resuturing diasporic time and space through the slowed-down gesture of animation." K. Friesen  

Dushanbe

Kandis Friesen
Canada, United States / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
The End of Time
Delving for a brief moment into an everyday scene, we see various movements at various speeds and experience microstories representing the familiarity of the street. The classical technique of analytical slowing down different parts of the image at different speeds is used to capture an otherwise invisible phenomenon. “Sometimes in a flash you become aware of the fact that time does not matter.” M. Manchevski

The End of Time

Milcho Manchevski
Cuba, United States / 2017 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech 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
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     

Displacement

Guli Silberstein
United Kingdom / 2019 / 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

The Pit

Jona Gerlach
United States / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
The Moons of Palaver
Images originally from the tests of spotlights are inserted into models where they evoke the phases of the Moon and in regular intervals combine to hint at a harmonic line of bright reflections. A fleeting arrangement of the traces of humans and machines forever trapped in the depths of the night.  "The Moons of Palaver had to be short, quiet, with soft light, gently mechanical, edited late in the night, a paradox and a mystery. It had to be a poem that I couldn’t possibly write." E. Gaucher  

The Moons of Palaver

Eric Gaucher
Canada / 2018 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Laomedeia
This experimental film follows several non-linear trajectories that are constantly evolving into various different dimensions and revealing new transitional spaces. Elements such as water, birds, and trains accompany the viewer on a dreamlike journey between the painterly compositions of an oceanic landscape and outer space.   
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Laomedeia

Youjin Moon
United States / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
La Notte Salva
Tiny animals of different kinds were filmed by night and then magnified under semi-transparent spherical glasses. The activity of constantly moving organisms subjected to magnification results in unexpected images of unrest, changeability, migration and creativity in altering shapes. „La notte salva is a path of sensations that attempts to gather around its nature without revealing it, without opening itself to any human language.“ G. Boccassini

La Notte Salva

Giuseppe Boccassini
Germany, Italy / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
World 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
Domus
This portrait of architect Carlo Mollino looks at the vision of organizing space, buildings or sculptures. Contours and surfaces, as well as the absence present in crossed-out notes, crumpled sketches and the shapes and textures of material and scratched patters of houses, construct a rhythmic collage of expressions to the landscape. “By way of story, C. Mollino pledged himself to his craft and foreshadowed a brilliant lifetime of architecture. In telling this story, Domus configures its author’s own intentions, transposed from architecture and housed within cinema.” R. Vermette

Domus

Rhayne Vermette
Canada / 2017 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
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