Central and Eastern European Experimental Films at Jihlava IDFF

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This year Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival offers three main selections focusing only on experimental cinema. Fascinations is part of the competition program: “it is a large factory for experimental filmmaking that takes films based on reality and strips them of all that weighs them down, thus significantly expanding the possibilities of filmic expression.” Exprmntl.cz, which belong to the non-competition sections, “is a 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.” Fascinations: Eternity includes “experiments in cinematic thinking whose explorations make use of elements that metaphorically develop the motif of eternity. Avant-garde films with an enduring radical originality.”

“The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is a celebration of creative documentary film and the greatest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. They conceive documentary films primarily as unique artworks dealing with significant themes.

The festival represents an artifact inspiring a playful reflection of the world from various perspectives. The organizers do not follow common festival models, nor do they have a routine, pragmatic approach to program selection. Jihlava pays tribute to courage and risk.”

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List of films

Tomislav Šoban: The End/Land (Kraj/Okraj) (2015) – Croatia

A journey through a forest of real and digital trees, realized by flying through the treetops, reveals surprising constellations of plants in all directions. The uninterrupted gaze turns on six axes, exploring the vegetation into which it delves with a sense of surprise.

Location: Dukla Edison, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 2.00 pm, 30 October 2015.


Kryštof Strejc: Before the interception (Před zachycením) (2015) – Czech Republic

This audio-visual composition stimulates the senses through its fascinating insight into transient reality. Its collage of images and scenes has no labels or definitions. They stir in the mind only to disappear as soon as they emerge, creating a visual poem on genesis and decay underscored by a raw soundscape.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 12.00 pm, 30 October 2015


Adéla Kudlová: Biotop (2015) – Czech Republic

This video collage, showing urban space from Google Maps perspective mixed with shots of wild animals, is an impressive essay on the evolution of species. The wildlife, devastated by civilisation, adapts to new conditions and creates new environments and networks suitable for life – biotopes. Concurrently, a new species of human is adapting to electronic networks – digital biotopes – symbolised in the film by an internet map.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 10.00 am, 31 October 2015


Lucie Rosenfeldová: Concurrent Hopes (Souběžné naděje) (2015)

A video essay addressing the ambiguity of human identity, which defies self-improvement and colonisation techniques through mind management. By revealing the instrumental nature of these psychological techniques, the filmmaker resists reducing “happiness” to economic benefits. The polysemic nature of human subjects is emphasised in the film by the never-ending shifts between the performance and its recording.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 12.00 am, 30 October 2015


Eliška Vojtková: Dokumentation (Dokumentace) (2015) – Czech Republic

This very specific visualisation of the Czech anthem is composed primarily of visual associations, which paraphrase the impressions of randomly selected listeners. The series of individual notions and comments provides evidence of the typical motives of non-heroic Czechishness, which can be understood only by Czechs.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 12.00 am, 30 October 2015


Michal Kindernay: Heliophilia #7 (2015) – Czech Republic

A study of daylight and the movement of plants for an exhibition project depicting natural processes over time. Various sensors structuralise weather changes into a moving image and static large-format prints. The film captures and simultaneously reveals micro-dramatic events outside the window.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 10.00 am, 31 October 2015


Petra Sklenářová: Landscape (Krajina) (2015) – Czech Republic

A series of short videos – moving images with natural themes – is created using spatial models and staged photos without the use of digital manipulation. Emphasis is placed on newly emerging surreal, even absurd principles obtained through intentional interventions into the character of ordinary situations, objects, and scenery.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 10.00 am, 31 October 2015


Anna Kryvenko: Listen to the Horizon (Poslechnout horizont) (2015) – Czech Republic

This documentary found footage essay, made up of recycled video snippets, deals with the cold and detached depiction of war in the media and in cyberspace. During daily media operations, the terrifying, irrational, and monotonous machinery changes an event, giving it importance as needed. Yet it maintains a consistent distance from the comfort of our screens, oversaturated and dulled by an unsettling mishmash of images.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 10.00 am, 31 October 2015
4.00 pm, 1 November 2015


Jiří Žák: Mother City (Mateřské město) (2015) – Czech Republic

Confrontation of the filmmaker’s personal relationship with his hometown, clenched forever in the grasp of the cult of Baťa. A combination of black and white archival material with newly created scenes is deprived of pathos through selective editing and simultaneous narrative commentary. It becomes a metaphorical criticism of modernism, symbolised by the Baťa factories in Zlín and plans for their further expansion.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 12.00 am, 30 October 2015


Adrian Jansa: Polisaurus (2015) – Czech Republic

An audiovisual collage of a thousand-headed transportation monster, the concentrated reality of the big city. By focusing on one single point where all level of traffic cross in space-time, it synthesizes the everyday experiences of the city’s residents. In its breaking down of perspective and deconstruction of space, the film is an example of audiovisual Cubism.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 12.00 am, 30 October 2015


František Týmal: Return of the Dinosaurs (Návrat dinosaurů) (2015) –  Czech Republic

A short experimental film about repopulating the biosphere with primitive forms of life, captured on film medium using a chemical etching technique. The filmmaker’s creative style is based on the tradition of abstract handmade films and explores the possibilities and limits of film material and its photochemical properties.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 10.00 am, 31 October 2015


Jakub Korselt: Save as… (2015) – Czech Republic

An animated miniature of the devastated wasteland of a metropolis is strikingly reminiscent of a war-themed computer game. The video refers to the notion of warfare and the collapse of order in popular culture and new media, and examines in detail the retroactive effect of these images on reality.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 12.00 am, 30 October 2015


Michal Cáb, Aleš Čermák: The Earth Trembles (Země se chvěje…) (2015) – Czech Republic

An apocalyptic video essay demonstrating the pervasiveness of catastrophes as a specific type of permanent subconscious anxiety of all mankind. A series of question marks over human existence is based on a compelling commentary and visualisation by the OTCA Metapixel machine, which reveals to us the precise path to the extinction of all life on earth.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 11.00 am, 31 October 2015


Petra Lelláková, Vladimíra Večeřová: You cannot (Nemůžeš) (2015) – Czech Republic

A series of short moving images suggests the need for the physical presence of other people and highlights the fragility of human relationships. Static, anonymous motifs and a depersonalised approach to characters – the filmmakers themselves – express the instability of human relationships in a complicated world.

Location: DIOD, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Date: 12.00 am, 30 October 2015

For more info visit Jihlava IDFF website

 

 

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