23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A comprehensive look at the documentary methods, creative decisions, styles, and cinematic thinking of exceptional documentary filmmakers.
Vít Klusák and Barbora Chalupová shot an unprecedented documentary never before seen in a Czech context. The creators focused on child abuse on the internet and sexual predators seeking their prey deep within the bowels of social networks. The aim of the psycho-social experiment was to hunt down and catch these predators and find out their motives. In the masterclass, the filmmakers will guide us through the material that didn't make it into the final cut of the film, but that still remains an important topic for discussion. We will talk about the cut, dramaturgy, and grasping the substance of the film so that the resulting documentary is coherent in all respects and meets high ethical demands.
Masterclass Barbora Chalupová, Vít Klusák: Caught in the Net
Czech Republic / 100 min.
Masterclass by Atanas Georgiev, producer of Trice Films and editor, Macedonia. Finding a subject and a character is hard enough when vowing to completely immerse yourself in making a non-fiction film. But the responsibility of staying truthful to the story while balancing between morality, ethics and aesthetics is as hard as it gets. In cooperation with Institute of Documentary Film.
Masterclass: Atanas Georgiev
Cristi Puiu is considered to be a pioneer of the "Romanian New Wave" movement. In 2005, he won the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes for his film, The Death of Mister Lazarescu (2005). The film Aurora (2010) was also screened in Cannes and won the East of the West Award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The drama Sieranevada (2016) was nominated for a Palme d'Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Puiu often uses documentary film techniques in his feature-length films. His masterclass answers the questions of whether he uses them to achieve "truth" and greater authenticity, whether a documentary is more truthful than a feature film, whether there is any truth to film at all, or whether Godard's saying, "every cut is a lie," remains a valid notion.
Masterclass: Cristi Puiu
Romania / 90 min.
Sergey Dvortsevoy's films feel as if there are no boundaries between documentary and fiction. His signature style is slow and long handheld shots that determine the overall imagery of all his films, as well as a deep interest in the dignity of marginalized people. He attentively depicts the realities of the social and economic situation of his heroes living in Kazakhstan and Russia. In his masterclass, the director reveals his ways of seeing the world and the principles by which he creates his works.
Masterclass: Sergej Dvorcevoj
It was supposed to be just another run-of-the-mill evening for Mr. Lazarescu, but his sudden nausea would soon lead to the beginning of a tragicomic odyssey. This road movie, characterized by its immediate realistic form, takes a bitter look at a socially unwelcoming health care system that both steps and falls on people burdened by all the bureaucracy. The director managed to blur the lines between the real world and the fictional world with his distinctive approach, while the documentary’s handheld camera enhances this feeling and completes the already functional concept of working with an actor. The film remarkably captured the state of society at the time, which was strikingly similar to the novels of Franz Kafka.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Romania / 2005 / 148 min.