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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Life could be so beautiful
Life could be so beautiful

Life could be so beautiful

director: Filip Jacobson, Angelika Herta
original title: Life could be so beautiful
country: Poland, Germany
year: 2019
running time: 62 min.

synopsis

During the 1940s, Polish writer Andrzej Bobkowski headed from the south of France to occupied Paris, describing everything he saw in diaries in which his hundreds of kilometers of cycling were transformed into a deep reflection on wartime Europe. Decades later, Angelika and Filip retraced his route and filmed everything along the way. During the exploration of Bobkowski’s path through the landscape and in culture, a conflict arises on the interpretation of the author’s diaries, with the pair’s creative debate leading to a reflection on their own relationship. In this documentary video diary and from the literary work, a reflection on modern life, work, and love arises.

“Relationship as eternal circle around eternally the same things. No matter how many times you discuss, you will never fully understand each other. But what holds you together?” A. Herta, F. Jacobson

biography

In her work, Angelika Herta (1982) explores the boundary between documentary film and video. Philip Jacobson won the student award at the Krakow Film Festival for his first short film Walk (2011). Both studied at the Academy of Media Studies in Cologne.

more about film

director: Filip Jacobson, Angelika Herta
producer: Ute Dilger
editing: Lara Rodríguez Cruz
music: Norman Peplow
sound: Peter Lange

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Marie
The director’s purely observational camera enters the home of a family living in a village in the Danube Delta, where the birth of another girl arouses more tension stemming from the uneasy life of the extended family. In her short film, the director thematises a conflict between generations of three women reliant on each other, while Maria, a ten-year-old girl who has to take care of her younger sisters, comes into focus. In the timelessness of traditional rural relationships, shown in a slow pace of everyday life, Maria’s childlike innocence is exposed to harsh orders of her grandmother who requires respect and proper conduct.“What drove me to Iordana was curiosity. So I allowed myself to be surprised by their world, in order to be able to deconstruct their reality.” L. Popa

Marie

Letiția Popa
Romania / 2018 / 32 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
Boundaries
The idea and story of the film begins on a train: the recording of a message on a cell phone suddenly stops after the crossing of the state border. The real situation initiates a movement to the realm of art: the short message becomes a documentary letter, the director’s poetic meditation on the importance and ubiquity of borders – in geography, history, and cinematography. Listening to the persistent humming sound, we follow the author on her existential journey through four cities consisting of real images and footage taken by the director’s father 25 years ago that always bring us to some visible or invisible border. “In the film school I was assigned to make a video essay on ‚Boundaries in film‘ topic. I started to think of where cinema ‚ends‘ but instead I realized I should first learn where is the end of myself.” Y. Shatun     

Boundaries

Yuliya Shatun
Belarus / 2019 / 29 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
The Kids in Wonderland
Believing in God is great. The director carries out a social probe into the roots of young Charismatics in his hometown in Slovakia. Pop songs, ecstasy-like states, and modern merchandising all target youth. What do representatives of a generation think about the recent phenomenon, the Charismatic Movement? 

The Kids in Wonderland

Ema Kovalčíková
Czech Republic / 2018 / 38 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
Daily manure
Pigeons are sitting down on the roof of a dilapidated farmhouse; a truck is dumping old bread on a pile; cattle is running around among the cars at the scrapyard; goats are grazing in the vicinity of large shipping containers... The leitmotif of the documentary is the fact that unprocessed foods are used as fertilizers and feed material for livestock, and the film shows one of the forms of agriculture in the 21st century in a series silent prose scenes. The slow pace and cyclic variation of the same stylistic parameters evokes the poetics of decline and decomposition. “In the course of four seasons, I'verecorded a place where our overproduction ends up. A cemetery where leftovers devour the leftovers.  The never ending cycle of crestion and demise.” N. Krutilová

Daily manure

Nikola Krutilová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 24 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
We are epicenters of the earthquake
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We are epicenters of the earthquake

Tomáš Hlaváček
Czech Republic / 2020 / 40 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
Hopschotch
Katya and Matvei live together in the Belarusian countryside. Then something happens that causes them to reassess their relationship. In this directorial debut – a melancholic study of the dynamic between two lovers – the intense sense of tension between the two protagonists contrasts with the calm co-existence of two friends who have come to visit. 

Hopschotch

Dasha Demura
Belarus, Russia / 2018 / 54 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
Take them into the light
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Take them into the light

Ioana Grigore
Romania / 2020 / 32 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
On the Moon, Luna, and Their Reflection
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On the Moon, Luna, and Their Reflection

Ivana Vogrinc Vidali
Slovenia / 2018 / 21 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
Mother. Gabriele. Television.
Some consider television to be just a marginal entertainment, but for others it’s an essential part of everyday life. The film follows two friends - social actresses - who entertain themselves by participating in various TV shows. Their lives seem very empty, and they can only find happiness in the TV shows. 

Mother. Gabriele. Television.

Lucia Kašová
Slovakia / 2018 / 28 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
Windows
A man who finds it difficult to stay in one place for too long. He has moved 16 times over the past seven years, and he is moving now. As he packs his things, he observes his neighbours through the window, filming them so that he won’t forget them. The film thus consists of footage of windows in which people are moving, with the voiceover of a hidden observer. 

Windows

Akvilė Žilionytė
Lithuania / 2018 / 21 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
Time is
The freezing environment of a depopulated Chechen village during the harsh winter months is in stark contrast to the warmth of a traditional, Slavic, country home where a mother lives with her daughter and tabby cat. Everyday activities and simple rituals like embroidering, watching television, or shelling sunflower seeds can easily be disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a former resident who returns to her native village after a long period of absence. This aesthetically pleasing and captivating film calmly introduces the viewer to the simple life of Chechen peasants, acting as a melancholic suspension of modern, hectic times that have hardly affected the protagonists in the film.   “In my camerawork, I like to play with light and silhouettes. This comes from the time when I was still living in Chechnya. In the evenings, we had to turn off all the lights to avoid snipers and bombings. As army trucks passed by, their headlamps shined against the walls, forming intriguing shadows.” Z. Kourazov, Interview 2018
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Time is

Zaur Kourazov
Belgium, Russia / 2020 / 20 min.
section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
World Premiere
The Drop
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The Drop

Elnura Tashbaeva
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section: Between the Seas: Student Film Competition
International Premiere
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