23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A sonic portrait of Greenland. Molécule, a producer of electronic music, collects the sounds of the Arctic for his upcoming work. In the temperature of -22,7°, he searches for the imprints and sounds of natural processes and takes the audience on a journey through the creation of a musical artwork.
Amaury La Burthe, Jan Kounen, Romain de La Haye-Sérafini (Molécule)
France / 2019 / 8 min.
section: Virtual Reality
<3 / Less Than Three
Lithuania / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
A Czech NGO invited Sandra Kisić, a twenty-six-year old influencer of Bosnian origin, to come to Uganda. She spent ten days in and about the town of Kabala. Besides the local citizens, she was accompanied by a Dutch volunteer who already was on her umpteenth mission. Sandra, on the other hand, saw poverty and technological backwardness for the first time in reality, not just on her cell phone that she practically did not put down. The director captures the clash of seemingly remote, yet equivalent worlds facing up global challenges as an impartial observer to emphasize numerous tragicomic paradoxes. “Instant soup can warm you up, but it won’t give you strength. We can look at Instagram in a similar way, or we can use it as a medium that can present the ‘old school documentary film’ to the younger audience.” F. Remunda
Czech Republic / 2019 / 70 min.
section: Czech Joy
After the successful and Ji.hlava MFDF Award-winning docuseries, Enclosed World, director Karel Žalud returns to prison once again. This time, he follows the story of Dan Lauf, a young warden working in a small prison in Teplice who leaves his pregnant wife for 30 days to help out at the large prison in Stráž pod Ralskem. His personal story shows not only the prison environment and the specific demands of Lauf's profession, but also the problems of the current Czech prison system.
30 Days in the Life of a Czech Warden
Czech Republic / 2019 / 58 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Day after day, images of film life in the author's collage glued together from fragments of feature films flow at a frame rate in which the date of the day appears in various forms. The original jigsaw puzzle shows what one year of diverse film footage might look like. The selection of scenes by calendar key is an interesting probe into the history of cinematography in different countries, a showcase of moods and diverse styles of film narration. The link between the selected scenes is a certain urgency connected with the realization of a specific date, whether such a date denotes a historical milestone or a simple act of brushing one’s teeth. „365 Days' can be perceived simply as a recycled fiction story. As a video essay it discovers meaning of calendar dates for cinema and invites to think about life, memory and time.“ D. Bondarchuk
365 days, also known as a Year
Ukraine / 2019 / 99 min.
section: Between the Seas
The body as a material sculpting object and abstract unity of functions. The body as a part of early traumas, ideological rejection, political censorship, persistence and ephemerality. The body as a concept of organization of extensive natural communities. The body as an empty shrine for further artistic use. This audiovisual essay in letters by Iranian filmmaker and British sculptor is a dreamful, intimate dialogue, discourse on the country’s fate following the Islamic revolution, on family and a desire to perfect the female body devastated by malignant disease. A film conversation on the artistic reflection of beauty, memory, experience, fulfilment and inception of new life.
A Moon for My Father
Douglas White, Mania Akbari
Iran, United Kingdom / 2019 / 73 min.
Mikel, director of the film, along with the protagonist Mathias, are childhood friends, nevertheless due to the time that has elapsed, the former finds that he knows hardly anything about the latter. The mad circumstances leading up to a fatal twist in their lives makes them shoot a documentary reconstruction about the process that turns into a very personal portrayal of a man who was made to live a double life against his will, the border between each one of them being as thin as a line drawn between victim and perpetrator in a ruthless criminal underworld. More than to the criminal plot though, attention is turned to stubborn attempts of a person dragged down by a spiral of serious problems while being able to wear a mask of seemingly happy and steady life.
Mikel Cee Karlsson
Finland, Sweden / 2019 / 99 min.
East European Premiere
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
Netherlands / 2019 / 5 min.
Why do we have hairs, what is their purpose, what are they made of, and when did we stop loving them? The hybrid audiovisual essay with performative moments gives us various perspectives of the hair. Instructional video elements based on facts and macroscopic details are interspersed with staged and highly stylized scenes.
Czech Republic / 2019 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
The philosophical dystopia presents warning outlines of the near future where modern technology will not be a sign of progress, but rather decline. Behind the layer of film images, there is a monster created by computer animation, whose abstract virtual body represents the invisible ideological administration.
Czech Republic / 2019 / 19 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
A visually ingenious portrayal of a life story and inner world of a soldier killed in an explosion is told through hypnotically visualized allegoric scenes and objects during an imaginary encounter of views by a scientist searching for a relation to reality, a filmmaker reflecting on a role of time in art and a refugee stripped of the possibility to live in his hometown. “The film was originated from the real story that a solder was killed by bomb while greeting to a civilian. It tries to recapture that moment of contradictories and fragilities.” H. Mao
Action, Almost Unable to Think
China / 2018 / 11 min.
Here we enter Man Ray’s private world and watch a short scene in which the key role is played by the artist’s former partner Ady Fidelin, with whom he lived until the 1940s.
France / 1938 / 53 sec.
section: Translucent Being: Man Ray