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24th 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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About-hair
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.
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About-hair

Josefina Lubojacki
Czech Republic / 2019 / 17 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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Abstract Horror
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.
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Abstract Horror

Franz Milec
Czech Republic / 2019 / 19 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
And Then He Just Stopped
The author uses film as an art-therapy tool to cope with traumatizing experience of her own. Told from a child’s point of view, the story builds on the symbolism of both common and uncommon objects, a clay body, a writhing snake or a metal means of payment, projected into the narrative structure of repeating motifs.
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And Then He Just Stopped

Alexandra Sihelská
Czech Republic / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Binary Revolver
Mona Lisa for robots. A series of moving images created using binary operations in an open source software program called Revolver, which is similar to image synthesizers in which text instructions are transformed into visual data. The soundtrack was created by recycling pixels and converting color values into sound waves.
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Binary Revolver

Kryštof Pešek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Broken Windows
This audiovisual collage places shots from Hitchcock’s Rear Window into paper set decoration, expanding the original movie’s ideas in a playful and provocative mode. As viewers, we must get through to the characters within a maze of colourful layers and alien objects that visualize the process of medialization and point out the framework limiting our view.
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Broken Windows

Daniel Pitin
Czech Republic / 2018 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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Canis Lupus
Canis lupus, or the grey wolf, may be altered into the family dog by adding the attribute familiaris to its generic name. This experimental film brings out parallels between the aggressive nature of the wild beast and humans with the author eliminating soundtrack, building up his reflections using 3D animations combined with a written monologue told by invisible narrator.
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Canis Lupus

Artur Magrot
Czech Republic / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Composition about nature
A series of three experimental films, which can be projected also in a loop, deals with nature through quick, dynamic camera movements, attacking the viewer’s perception. The films were produced as a final examination work in the studio of time-based media whose students try a variety of methods of multimedia processing of sound and image.
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Composition about nature

Vojtěch Groot
Czech Republic / 2019 / 3 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Dream I Had / Virgin Fields
A passing landscape projected into a hypnotic pulsating structure explores time perception in relation to motion. The iridescent chain of trunks, branches and leaves zooming past creates counterpoint to the cyclically re-emerging ambient soundscape interspersed with beats by Evitceles, a Bulgarian experimental musician.
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Dream I Had / Virgin Fields

Petra Bučková
Czech Republic, Bulgaria / 2019 / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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Exhausted Sun
A mysterious cinematic poem about remembering a long-lost summer afternoon. Disturbing abstract details of natural elements permeate the metaphor of a children's game, passing in a contemplative vision of the spiritual essence of light and darkness, in which opposites eventually dissolve into units of primal matter.
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Exhausted Sun

Tomas Rampula
Czech Republic / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Horizontalis
The audiovisual essay explores the Danish part of Jutland from the view of both a living eye and an inanimate object. The horizontal line of the water surface represents a penetrable borderline between the world of people and the world of nature, bubbling with rippling reflections of the outer realities while accompanied with wind, voice and silence blasts.
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Horizontalis

Louise K Wilson, Michal Kindernay
Czech Republic, Denmark / 2019 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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Images of the Outer World
Happines. Sadness. A man. Life. A computer programme generates dozens of password images per second. The cell phone records the outside world into short clips. Their visual collage is accompanied by a voice-over – an interview of the director with a chatbot in an experimental documentary co-created by computer technology.
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Images of the Outer World

Martin Janoušek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 4 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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Liquid Mother Love
This film by the author duo Geislerová and Mazúr builds on the concept of the so-called liquid love introduced by sociologist Zygmunt Bauman and the work of theorist Elisabeth Badinter in its critical analysis of the question of predestination of women for the mother role realized through a collage of shots of women symbolizing motherhood as well as emancipation which questions the inevitability of this frequently debated social role.
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Liquid Mother Love

Ester Geislerová, Milan Mazúr
Czech Republic / 2018 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Moréna Rex
The video and rap clip confronts contemporary feminism and capitalism. The sober environment of economic forecasts and cash flows is transformed into a psychedelic 3D animation depicting a witch session. The film culminates with the author’s rap that hyperbolically criticizes the power and role of money in today’s society.
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Moréna Rex

Marie Lukáčová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
World Premiere
Operation Urban Warrior
Anthony Bird is a war veteran who was the sole survivor of a military operation in his unit. His memories are as surreal as the animation which simulates the course of the incident in the form of a computer game. Everything looks flat but we must trust our own sensees which tell us that in reality, the world isn't flat.
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Operation Urban Warrior

Dávid Lipkovič
Czech Republic / 2019 / 5 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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Pastiche
Inspired by the concept of retromania, the filmmaker calls attention to the current trend of recycling older visual styles and artifacts from the last decades of the 20th century. The numerous defects in image quality and the psychedelic soundtrack from homemade cassette recordings were created on purpose when digitalizing the original analogue material.
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Pastiche

Magdalena Kašparová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 2 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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Powerless Source of All Power
This journey in a static shot from Lubomír Lipský's Cirkus je cirkus (Circus Is Circus) explores the relationship between memory and visual history. A fragment from the visual database of the collective memory is accompanied by excerpts from an essay by Karel Kosík on the inability of Czechs to affect real politics through democratic elections.
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Powerless Source of All Power

Zbyněk Baladrán
Czech Republic, Greece / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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The Silk Road Vertigo
Out of desire to prove the power of socialism, Marshal Tito had a railway line built across all of Yugoslavia. In the post-ideological 21st century, the counterpart example to his deed might be the modern-time Chinese megalomaniac Silk Road portfolio of projects. A video essay shot in Montenegro, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and China brings out a perspective on the global vision of Chinese state-run capitalism.
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The Silk Road Vertigo

Vilém Duha, Pavel Sterec
Czech Republic / 2019 / 11 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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There Is Something Behind The Sound
This sound-generated animation gives the audible world an impressive visual form of moving geometric shapes or a starry sky. The Max For Live and Touch Designer visual programming languages turn an original soundtrack into space galaxies where the technical and the human, the earthly and the spiritual, and machines and poetry meet.
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There Is Something Behind The Sound

Julie Lupačová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 9 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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War memorial
The film essay brings the audience right into the heart of a historical battle re-enactment. The hundreds of soldiers fighting in historical costumes imitate organized violence; the film oscillates between a game, a theatre play, a Spartakiad and Land art. The multiplied projections evoke war turmoil, further enhanced by quotes from Karel Čapek’s anti-war drama The Mother.
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War memorial

Martin Ježek
Czech Republic / 2019 / 35 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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Wild Eye - Annihilation of Space - Despite of Limitations
Transforming the author’s film from the 1970s, the film trilogy captures a naked woman’s body in gentle motion iterations.  The combination of abstract expressionism and the figural motif uses distinctive colours, rapid shape-shifting and the dynamics of the human silhouette.
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Wild Eye - Annihilation of Space - Despite of Limitations

Petr Skala
Czech Republic / 6 min.
section: Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
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