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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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FAMU Presents

FAMU presents a selection of the most remarkable documentaries that have been produced over the past year in various academy departments.

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A spark above the Vltava river

Allegra Stodolsky
Czech Republic / 2020 / 1 min.
section: FAMU Presents
About shaman Sasha who decided to exorcise the demon from Putin
This film is based on the true story of shaman Aleksandr Gabyshev, who set out on an 8,000-kilometre journey from Yakutia to Moscow to exorcise a demon he believed existed in Vladimir Putin. Although they didn’t believe in magic, the authorities were frightened by Sasha's powers. The film serves as a what-if scenario, set in a world where everything went just as planned.
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About shaman Sasha who decided to exorcise the demon from Putin

Nora Štrbová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 3 min.
section: FAMU Presents
And that light changes shape
A short documentary about Lubomír Přibyl, mostly shot at his Prague's studio and Museum Kampa in Prague. A reflection of his lifelong work, using a minimalist camera and black and white images to underscore Přibyl's original style. For Přibyl, structure and light are of the utmost importance, his paintings reveal the core of something natural, something that is being shaped, very slowly, in shining light; they capture peace and quiet of long planes of time.
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And that light changes shape

Kristina Kůlová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 4 min.
section: FAMU Presents
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A parallel drawn between the construction of a sidewalk and the structure of a language. The film’s creator, having grown up in many European countries, comes to the Czech Republic and tries to master the language of her childhood. She infiltrates the world of asphalt workers but deliberately refrains from asking even once why in Czech they say: “to have a potty mouth like an asphalt worker.” The film is both playfully and ingenuously structured, using animation and stylised passages from the space of one's own mind.
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COBBLE

Allegra Stodolsky
Czech Republic / 2020 / 11 min.
section: FAMU Presents
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The current climate crisis is feeding into the massive spread of the bark beetle, and it is already clear that it cannot be stopped. Entire forests are being cut down all across the Czech Republic, leaving huge clearings in their wake, and after mammoth mining machines come in to do their dirty work, all that remains is desolate, suffocated land. “What we're demonstrating here is that it’s all just ‘a numbers game’ of who can mine the most cubic metres and what company can make the biggest fortune.” What problems will a new treeless landscape bring us? Barren landscapes are places we tend to look away from. This visually refined, black and white reportage film tries to convey the physical experience of mining and the clearings we create on a daily basis. It also poses an alarming question: “Do we really care about the forest?”
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Czechia Deforested

Mikoláš Arsenjev
Czech Republic / 2020 / 14 min.
section: FAMU Presents
Error
A story of a student who gets lost in a digital world due to procrastination. Film was made as a assignment to use actor in animation film. Stop motion with hand-drawn animation effectively tell the story.
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Error

Lucie Vostárková
Czech Republic / 2020 / 3 min.
section: FAMU Presents
Every Quilted Bit
Petr Soukup is a contemporary Czech poet and song-writer who has selected Instagram and stand-ups as his main channels of communication, where he turns his view on life and millennial culture into short gags and limericks. The path to recognition was a troubled one, as Petr had to master his dyslexia in order to fulfill his dream of being a writer.
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Every Quilted Bit

Ruggero Manucci
Czech Republic / 2020 / 12 min.
section: FAMU Presents
Fluid life
Mini portrait of one place - atmosphere of solitude in the middle of the city - life change of one woman - water as an element. Short film poem flowing like a river with which our main character learns and learned to coexist.
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Fluid life

Zora Čápová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 5 min.
section: FAMU Presents
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With the help of a factual description of a series of consecutive actions between fire and sky, this short film seeks to answer the question of what’s going to become of us. And how an old man’s knee joint can transform into a whole new object in the most ordinary way.
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Human Bodies and their Companions

Jan Šolc
Czech Republic / 2020 / 4 min.
section: FAMU Presents
Let's all get back on the ground
Dinosaur politicians, dinosaur scientists, a dinosaur activist and dinosaur friends, all responding to the climate crisis in their own way. In the depopulated streets during the coronavirus lockdown, in isolation indoors, and in grass burrows.
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Let's all get back on the ground

Nora Štrbová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 6 min.
section: FAMU Presents
MARSONAUT
The colonisation of Mars went from being pure science fiction to becoming a reality in 2020, with the first steps now being taken to achieve what was thought to be the impossible. The film’s heroine Michaela Musilová knew from an early age that she wanted to become an astronaut. After years of hard work, she now leads the NASA base in Hawaii, where life on Mars is simulated. Michaela is struggling to find balance and doesn’t know whether she wants to be a wife spending time at home on Earth by the family fireplace or an explorer discovering the inhospitable and lonely universe. Does she want to be an American astronaut or a Slovak citizen?
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MARSONAUT

Sarah Lomenová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 7 min.
section: FAMU Presents
Pangolin
In January 2020, Prague and Taipei officially became sister cities, and Taipei gave Prague a gift – a pangolin. This documentary was made before the formal signing of the contract. In the film, the director works to figure out why this particular animal was chosen and paints a portrait of both the pangolin and Taiwan in the process.
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Pangolin

Yu-Yuan Hung
Czech Republic / 2020 / 12 min.
section: FAMU Presents
REBORN
A world of women who’ve been reborn and who’ve found an unusual side to their maternal instincts.
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REBORN

Sarah Lomenová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 3 min.
section: FAMU Presents
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A love story of two ill-fated statues filmed from their own subjective perspectives. This film explores a common problem amongst sculpture students, whose works often have nowhere to go and are left to be destroyed as a result. The refined audio track is complemented by minimalist dialogue. When art becomes a burden made in vain, this mere solid matter becomes disowned by its creator and cast loose.
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Substantial actuality

Jan Šolc
Czech Republic / 2020 / 9 min.
section: FAMU Presents
The Adam Basma Project
My uncle, Adam Basma, is a belly dancer who fled our convential Muslim family at a young age. Growing up with only what he left behind, I've been wondering my whole life who Adam truly is.
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The Adam Basma Project

Leila Basma
Czech Republic / 2020 / 14 min.
section: FAMU Presents
World Premiere
The Apple and the Tree
The exploration of the topic of womanhood starts of by the inquiry into the notion of the position of women in the familial structure in Bulgaria. The filmmaker delves into her mother’s upbringing, as well as her later professional career to seek out answers about their own mutual relationship informed by socio-cultural conventions.
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The Apple and the Tree

Anastassya Angelova
Czech Republic / 2020 / 13 min.
section: FAMU Presents
TON - Work instruction
Ton je významná česká nábytkářská firma, která je proslulá především svými židlemi. Film odkrývá tajemství dřeva a zhudebňuje postup jeho zpracování.    
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TON - Work instruction

Luboš Hradec
Czech Republic / 2020 / 3 min.
section: FAMU Presents
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