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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz

Exprmntl.cz is a competition survey of the latest Czech experimental films that touch upon reality and never cease in their search for new ways of expressing reality through classical and digital film.

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14,4V17.11.
Like the director's other films, this one was also created during the filming of an event in public space, specifically capturing fragments of the celebrations of the anniversary of the Czechoslovak Velvet Revolution. The film, ostensibly a reportage, transforms the event into a vortex that pays homage to avant-garde films from the first half of the 1920s. Q&A with the director Vladimír Turner:
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14,4V17.11.

Vladimír Turner
Czech Republic / 2020 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
A Place
WIPP is a nuclear waste repository located in USA. Two teams of artists and scientists were called up in nineties of last century to answer a lot of questions which suddenly raised on the horizon. How to comunicate with next generations? How to explain to them what is stored beneath the ground in order to stop them digging further? How to pass the message through at least ten thousand years? The result of this think-tank are three reports which are the core of this movie.   “Building the Anticity as a heritage (a crazy version of the UNESCO heritage), our folly and dazzle caused by nuclear energy.” T. Rampula  
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A Place

Tomas Rampula
Czech Republic / 2020 / 13 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
After the Magician
French-Mexican surrealist artist Alice Rahon made her only film - The Wizard - in 1947, which was lost before its first release. From this came a dream of a never-before-seen work, an encounter with a person who is unjustly forgotten, and an excursion to the landscapes of image, sound and imagination.  
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After the Magician

Lea Petříková
Czech Republic / 2020 / 18 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Czech Premiere
Catastrophe
The film references a one-act play by Samuel Beckett dedicated to the imprisoned Václav Havel. Ten image compositions are based on algorithms designed to simulate a two-dimensional image. A meditation on media manipulation, for which crime is just a slice of reality killing the plasticity of reality.  
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Catastrophe

Zbyněk Baladrán
Czech Republic / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Delimitation
A young woman searches for a new apartment in a busy city. The film tests the possibilities of film language by placing more emphasis on the interplay of sound and movement than on classical character dialogue, and instead of traditional narration, it combines stylized movements with expressive dance that suddenly interrupts the flow of the story at certain moments.   “What fascinates me is the space itself and our ability to discover ourselves through it, in particular that exact place we can call our home. The space we are surrounded by creates a constant dialogue with our own identity.” T. Vejvodová  
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Delimitation

Tereza Vejvodová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Droplets
The film takes a look at the lifelike behavior of inanimate matter in the form of droplets, allowing us to observe a change in shape or collective behavior. These droplets, like the robots in the famous work R.U.R., are made of chemically synthesized matter that resembles living matter, and the film thus allows the viewer to empathize with the feelings of the mad scientist Rossum from Čapek’s play. “Our film aims to pay tribute to pioneering ideas in the field of robotics and show new ways in which they can be used to create art.” J. Čejková
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Droplets

Jitka Cejkova
Czech Republic, United Kingdom / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Edible Water Bottles
What if in one of the possible versions of the future, is was not only material objects that were scarce commodities - but also water. The film examines a situation in which water becomes a luxury commodity and gradually awakens in us the fear of its possible shortage, one which could take place in the near future. The emotional aspects of the film are underscored by the melancholic music of Never Sol. “The video Edible Water Bottles speaks using current advertising language, which points to its utter emptiness.” A. Horová  
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Edible Water Bottles

Anežka Horová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
European Premiere
Fever Dream
“Just look and see what’ve you’ve caused by stepping into a dream this way.” These are the first words of this film made using a combined technique. In the same way that we see images one on top of another in our sleep, here too, animated, static and live action film scenes about sickness, stagnation and freedom – as well as about animals and weeds (those that suffocate the spirit as well as the garden variety) – overlap and are knitted together with sound.
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Fever Dream

Marina Hendrychová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
It's me
The film examines the current trend of capturing our own image using photography or video, in which the boundary between our real and image Selves disappears at the moment we turn the camera lens on ourselves. The photograph or video is thus no longer just a visual representation, but a depiction of our true Self.    Q&A with the director Tomáš Svoboda and other authors of films from the Fascinations section:
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It's me

Tomáš Svoboda
Czech Republic / 2019 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Muladhara
Muladhara is the first, root chakra, which is a sign of grounding and stability. Muladhara represents the connection of soul and body, the connection of man with nature and the whole universe, the unity of being. A human being is a rainbow completed by individual chakras. The film for the electronic song "Dipped into Poison" by the American musician Lorn shows a human from physical birth to the demise of the body and the departure of the soul to the next incarnation.“In my line of work, I have the opportunity to come off the stage and not be a puppet. I have the chance to try things another way.” M. Kostelanská  
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Muladhara

Martina Kostelanská
Czech Republic / 2020 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Nobody needs to know about this, he said
Personal testimony about the process of trauma treatment. The feelings of loss and   insignificance are the realities of our everyday lives. There are some unprocessed emotions that need their space and reason. How does the personal artwork becomes political? What is depoliticizes it? What is our relationship with pain and our own body in context of accepting ourselves? Is it possible to transform pain into a positive signal of being alive? In it possible to breathe to self-consciousness?  To experience a trauma again intentionally can help with letting go however it often remains not solved by society.  Recasting of emotional and mental material from apathy and resignation to a hidden intimate confession and call for a change of society and a collective transformation of shame to pride, anger to strength and pain to sympathy. Q&A with the director Ester Grohová and other authors of films in the Fascinations section:
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Nobody needs to know about this, he said

Ester Grohová
Czech Republic / 2020 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Phantom skies
We are in alternative reality which philosophical state is proliferated by invisible authorities and overall shame from being under the reign of natural and cosmic forces. Fast and violent technological developement allows the human to tame the atmospherical phenomenons that schedule his life for thousands of years.
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Phantom skies

Aleš Zůbek
Czech Republic / 2020 / 7 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Resonare De INTER Solaris
This thought experiment, based on Brůha's kinetic sculptures, views time as a landscape. Eerie images of rocks submerged in fog represent an anonymous characterless space. The stone terrain becomes a face into the wrinkles of which time is written as the metaphysical plane of material existence.   "According to Augustine, time is not just the movement of celestial bodies, but rather an idea, a being, a metaphysical category, an environment." Resonare de INTER Solaris At 16:00 Andrea Slováková, programmer of the Fascinations Section speaks about film and other with the directors. HERE.
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Resonare De INTER Solaris

Kryštof Brůha
Czech Republic / 2020 / 14 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Self-portrait as Doubt
Self-portrait as Doubt is a video collage-essay on the topic of a doubt and an uncertainty. In the film the author through an image and sound develops a contemplation about his own art praxis. An introspective work combines author's shots with appropriated material, a family archive, drawings and reflections to a form of a multi-layered collage.
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Self-portrait as Doubt

František Fekete
Czech Republic / 2020 / 15 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Short improvisation on whatever Jacob Appelbaum meant when he wrote "selector"
Film is composed of CGI video sequence and human voiceover. Young woman confesses from her inner trauma and fears from surveillance as an experience of her movement through the city. Those are generated during the time of lockdown and social distancing.
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Short improvisation on whatever Jacob Appelbaum meant when he wrote "selector"

Daniel Burda
Czech Republic / 2020 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
Sparkly shiny brightly see, kaleidoscope grows from ears
Tuning of awareness. Garden and butterflies, storm, and then you figured out that you’ve been watching the surface the whole time and here come the aliens who bring the language. Talking and meeting the light, flights flows and knows more here, that’s what I hear, when it looks at me! It is talking! Come here, now!
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Sparkly shiny brightly see, kaleidoscope grows from ears

Tereza Chudáčková, Klára Ondračková
Czech Republic / 2020 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
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