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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Of her Kingdom
Of her Kingdom
Of her Kingdom
Of her Kingdom

Of her Kingdom

director: Vincent Guilbert
original title: Kanojo no ôkoku ni tsuite
country: Japan
year: 2019
running time: 10 min.

synopsis

Memories of sounds, everyday artefacts, fragments of situations, visual traces of gestures along with fleeting expressions of inner movements bring about in a gentle way the blanks and losses in this diary essay on the paramount importance of space and behaviour, duration of (un)happiness and focus on the present moment as a means of defence against exhaustion.

“A film about absence/bereavement; trying to remember "her" gestures and presence through scattered fragments of memories, reminiscences of sounds and a decaying silence.” V. Guilbert     

biography

French filmmaker and photographer Vincent Guilbert (1976) works basically in France, but also in Japan, the latter being a fact influencing his choice of topics. The motifs he tends to develop in his films include the issues of time and memory. He often makes his films by simply switching on the camera and letting his protagonist exist in front of the lens without any major editing interventions.

more about film

director: Vincent Guilbert
producer: Vincent Guilbert
music: Loren Connors

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Lunar dances
Los Ingrávidos is a Mexican art movement made up of independent audiovisual artists and formed in 2011 in response to the mysterious disappearance of 43 students in Iguala. In their new film that is self-aware of the legacy of ancient myths, the creators show us what it would look like if the moon knew how to dance. With the help of various colour filters and a dynamic musical undertone, the moon is personified as a skilled dancer in the dark.      ""Coyolxauhqui", the lunar deity in Aztec cosmology, is a cinematic trance between mythology and political landscape. This film is under spell of historical violence against women in Mexico." Colectivo Ingrávidos   
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Lunar dances

Colectivo Los ingrávidos
Mexico / 2020 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
The Pioneer
A collage of early films by the first female director presents her meditations over the film image and dense storytelling, shows her feminist viewpoints, the ability to make a points and her attempt at moving cinematic expression forward. In this sensitively edited portrait, we also hear the voice of Alice Guy.The footage from Parisian Opera starts at the end. Alice Guy discusses meeting the Lumiére brothers, her enchantment with the cinematograph, and how she was allowed to make a film only if it wouldn’t interfere with her work as a typist for the Gaumont company.

The Pioneer

Daniela Abke
Germany / 2013 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
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FilmFLICKER drills through solid walls in order to set their geometry in motion. The master of flicker films has created a moving spatial image of his studio. The light-infused loft on the top floor of a building in Manhattan thus becomes the stage for a dramatic transformation of space, whose depth is an illusion that attacks the viewer’s senses.

A Loft

Ken Jacobs
United States / 2010 / 16 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Time, why think about it?
The memories of old people at a senior care facility come to life in fragmentary recollections accompanied by photographs of them and their loved ones and the places and events they remember. The ephemeral nature of these memories is visualised by using painting to alter these images of the passing of time. Belgian artist Charlotte Dunker (1987) uses painting techniques in her films, and also experiments with light-sensitive materials. She works with silence as an opportunity for self-reflection and explores the changeable nature of truth in relation to cultural contexts. The Jihlava IDFF previously showed her film Jupiter Lolopop (2014), in which she used a mosaic of 3,564 paintings to bring to life microstories of everyday life.“This film was realized to gether with the residents of a retirement home through a series of workshops. It fo cuses on the notion of time through the use of family photographs.”

Time, why think about it?

Charlotte Dunker
Belgium / 2015 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
HOLIDAY IN THE SEA OF SUPREMACY
Rather than the much desired rest he longed for, the film director’s vacation in Spain in 2019 brought images of immigrants being pulled from the sea and protests held by Catalan separatists in Barcelona. In his film, presented in the form of a painful memory, he layers home video shots and found footage.
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HOLIDAY IN THE SEA OF SUPREMACY

Roger Horn
Germany / 2020 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
abiding
A visual miniature made of a single image strip, evokes the process of wandering through the landscape through both captured images and through images made by motion of their individual parts, resourcefully putting in use optic features of film imprint in order to let the scenes disappear in the structure of the material by blurring and slurring their outlines. “I build shutterless cameras to bypass sequential frame-by-frame recording and document reality using an uninterrupted flow of light. The world appears melted together in a single image shifting in time.” U. Petronin

abiding

Ugo Petronin
Netherlands / 2019 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
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FilmFLAME dissolves the sharp outlines of the objects in the viewfinder. The filmmaker plays with various forms of compression and image manipulation in order to create a vision of a place destroyed by fire, where the earth, trees, and sky melt into one another, fields of color distort the nature of the landscape, and the only fixed point is the train tracks disappearing in the distance.

After the Fire

Jacques Perconte
France / 2010 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
Exterior Extended
Thirty-six frames of 35mm film in dizzyingly rapid compositions create a study of the viewer’s spatial perception. Photographs taken in the ruins of a rural house always take the viewpoint from the inside out. A layering of compositions and negative and positives, sometime alternating, sometimes mixed together in order to create an illusion of changing depth and distance from the outside that we are forbidden from entering. The combination of the rectangles of the walls and windows in the tapering perspective creates horizons within horizons, thus building a completely new house on screen.

Exterior Extended

Siegfried Alexander Fruhauf
Austria / 2013 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
Czech Premiere
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FilmDREAM combines excerpts from the legendary BBC radio program Inventions for Radio, in which listeners shared repeating motifs found in their dreams, with abstract scenes dissolving in black-and-white splotches and with flashes of specific family memories organized by color.

I Remember My Dreams by the Colour They Are...

Maria Magnusson
Sweden / 2010 / 4 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
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
3 Dreams of Horses
Raw film material consists in part of gelatin, which is made of the skin and bones of animals, including horses. The traces of light that shape our audiovisual dreams are thus imprinted on parts of animal bodies. Through the subtle use of audio, this found-footage collage focuses on images of the horse as an attraction, an animal of burden, and a mythological creature.  "In 1900 there were 130,000 working horses in Manhattan. Horses were a central part of our lives. Jeremy Bentham: "The question is not: can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?" M. Hoolboom  

3 Dreams of Horses

Mike Hoolboom
Canada / 2018 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
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