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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Matters Of Time
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Matters Of Time
Matters Of Time

Matters Of Time

director: Thomas Mohr
original title: Matters Of Time
country: Netherlands
year: 2019
running time: 12 min.

synopsis

A matrix of experiences and reflections from the author’s journeys between Berlin and Hiroshima was constructed by gushing together systems containing from 4 (or 2 times 2) to 625 (25x25) artist’s Facebook statuses in 7 identically long intervals of time. A suggestive accumulation of images evokes oversaturation in which the meaning and uniqueness of individual moments get lost.

"There is a tension between past en presence I like to explore. Contemplating the riddles of cause and effect, may be. No text, no word, experience. Nothing logical within a conceptual framework." T. Mohr     

biography

Netherlands-based German filmmaker Thomas Mohr (1954) has been making video art since the 1980s, creating works characterized by a systematic approach and remarkable constancy.  Mohr’s archive contains more than 500,000 photographs whose original content he abstracts by compiling them together, thus exploring the processes of generated images and the transformation of perception into experience. The Ji.hlava IDFF has previously shown e.g. his films Dialectics (2018) and One-1-2 (2017).

more about film

director: Thomas Mohr
producer: Thomas Mohr
script: Thomas Mohr
music: Michael Bonaventure

other films in the section

Home
A Cuban home as a non-place reflected in artefacts accessed through recollections, materials and textures. A delicate film poem is a collection of aberrations of the utmost intimate memory with scenes and activities referring to building, deconstruction, places and events that create associative reflections on the meaning of the term “home”.  “Starting from the portrait as a support and exploring its expressive possibilities, I enter into the reconstruction of beings and spaces that I have never known or visited.“ A. Alonso Estrella
personal program

Home

Alejandro Alonso Estrella
Cuba / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
Pancoran
Motorcycles and cars are lost in the sound of traffic and disappear in bands sliced into film footage of Jakarta’s roads. The horizontal and vertical lines or checkerboard patterns emphasizing the density and chaos of the crowded roads were made by optically printing 16mm film. “Jakarta’s bikes are gloriously arresting. Unified into a flow and yet jerky and autonomous, like a visual ‘gamelan’ of motion, a disparate yet concordant ensemble. I tried to get close to its inherent musicality.” R. Tuohy

Pancoran

Richard Tuohy
Australia / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
European 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
Liquid Landscape
After spending two years studying and collecting images created using various wet development processes for 16mm film, Wang explores the visual forms of material fluidity in order to celebrate invisible micro- and macrostructures whose chimeras are laid bare in moving patterns.   "I am often inspired by the beauty of errors produced in analogue film production and use unwanted analogue visual noise and patterns, such as dust or watermarks to create imaginary cinematic landscapes." N. Wang

Liquid Landscape

Nan Wang
Netherlands / 2017 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
more than everything
A pensive analysis of the vision and perception apparatus shared by all two-eyed beings gazes far ahead and in an intriguing perception experiment, explores the imagination of the depth of field and the illusory consistency of the image while dissecting the routine perspective on objects, shapes, motion and the phenomena around us."This is a dance between your brain and the world. We are bathed in interferences from sensual data to what might be out there. We will go to another land, we will try another sea. One plus one equals three." R. Kohlberger

more than everything

Rainer Kohlberger
Germany / 2018 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
Untitled, 1925
In high-contrast black-and-white images of nature and mountain villages, the filmmaker meditates on family origins and identity while traveling across the Andes along the same route taken in 1925 by her Jewish grandfather (a professional boxer originally from Romania) in order to acquire Peruvian citizenship, which 12 years later allowed him and his family to leave Europe. Peru native Madi Piller (1960) lives in Canada, where she works as an independent filmmaker, animator, and programmer and curator for the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS). Her abstract poetic films combine various cinematic styles and techniques and explore themes of memory, introspection, and the search for cultural identity.“Delving into memory and reflecting on territorial space, the film revisits a passage in life. By using 16mm high contrast film and by processing the silver essence of the film material resurfaced as a layer such as the hidden treasures of the Andes.”

Untitled, 1925

Madi Piller
Canada / 2016 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
below
A surface rhythmised by reappearing image segments of a forest, gets projects during a walk, brought about also by the sound, into a space in which black-and-white and colour footage reveals monochromatic parts. These build up to create an effect of the third dimension, pulling our view into the depth and turning the ingenious schedule of the whole into a cognitive game using 3D representation."Below is not so much about borne suffering or the history of a memorial place. It tells more about the relation of depth-time and space-duration being interwoven in every moment of an image. " B. Spiegel
personal program

below

Björn Speidel
Germany / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Obatala Film
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personal program

Obatala Film

Sebastian Wiedemann
Nigeria, Brazil, Colombia / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
International Premiere
Exhumation
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Exhumation

Daniel McIntyre
Canada / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations
Central European Premiere
Portbou
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Portbou

Agata Mergler, Cristian Villavicencio
Spain, Canada / 2016 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations
World Premiere
Non-Places: Beyond the Infinite
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Non-Places: Beyond the Infinite

Péter Lichter
Hungary / 2016 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
ENOLAEMEVAEL
This remake of Man Ray’s celebrated Emak Bakia (1926), which uses a cameraless method of creating hand-processed film images in high-contrast black-and-white, refers to the original film even in its subject matter as well: continuing with the motifs of death, it works with artifacts and documents from US drone attacks on Pakistani territory in 2015. Kathryn Ramey (1967) is an American filmmaker, anthropologist, and teacher at Emerson College in Boston. Through celluloid manipulation and hand developing film stock, she creates new audiovisual forms that search for points of intersection between anthropological studies and experimental film. Her works have received numerous awards at international festivals.“Combining experimental process - es with theoretical premises and anthropolo gy, my films and installations seek to deconsecrate the ‘real’ of conventional documentary and agitate the viewer to seek out subjugated narratives in dominant media culture.”  

ENOLAEMEVAEL

Kathryn Ramey
United States / 2016 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations
European Premiere
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