prog: 1960

The Echoes of Jihlava

For the second consecutive year, Nova travels to the small town of Jihlava, in the region of Vysocina (Czech Republic), in the heart of the Sudetenland, to the international documentary film festival of Jihlava, one of the greatest in Europe. The atmosphere of the festival is particular and cosy, and has a real force: that of a festival for the public, rather than for the ’blasé’ professional.
The festival awards films, and does this with a mixture of humour and relevance: the Opus Bonum prize (International selection) is awarded by a single juror, often an atypical director (Craig Baldwin this year), the prize Czech Joy (Czech selection), selected by the winner of the previous year and an inhabitant of the city; Fascinations Prize (experimental selection), awarded by a whole family; the competition Between the Seas, presenting films from Central and East Europe.
Like last year, Nova went to Jihlava to discover new films made in East Europe and elsewhere. During five evenings, we present some of the winners and our favourites of the 2013 edition, in the presence of several directors and a part of the festival team.

In collaboration with the Jihlava festival, the Vysocina region and the Czech Centre.

Petr Hátle, 2013, CZ, video, ov st ang, 72'

In the twilight of consumer democracy, priestesses of love come to life and wait for their customers. Prostitutes, sales clerks, warehouse workers, non-stop bars, dance clubs, musty flats. A subculture of insomnia that lives the eternal night. Unceasing dissatisfaction with one’s life and unfulfilled desires.
ZOOM Assembly-line production of gaming machines, tools for the consumption of human disorder and unhappiness. The lottery of prostitutes and nighttime wandering that defies angelic choirs of purity and modesty. Sonatas next to cheap hot dogs, shampoo, and the hopeless of housing projects.

Best Czech Documentary Film 2013.
- Screening will be followed by the DISCUSSION with the director Petr Hátle.

31.01 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€ 7,5€ / 6€ (soirée / avond)

Gustavo Beck & Željka Suková, 2013, HR-DK-BR, video, ov st ang, 60'

This allegorical docufiction provides the viewer with a lightly meditative and at the same time modern impression of the Christian holiday while paying witness to the transformation of the sacral space and the holiday’s religious message. The film’s anonymous protagonists from opposite sides of the world discuss the paths of their faith in this visually stylised and stylistically edited film.
Czech viewers will be entranced by the final church crossover: The wild beach scene is underscored by the song Crazy for You, Jesus, which can be heard at gathering of the Czech sect known as the Triumphal Centre of Faith. The film itself concludes at just such a gathering.

Best Central and Eastern European documentary film.
- Screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Željka Suková.

+ Lecedra

Jivko Darakchiev , 2012, FR-BG, HD, ov st fr, 30'

Lecedra is a small village in Bulgaria. It is also the director’ home, to which he returns after a long absence, camera in hand. A documentary about the impossibility of being an impartial observer in a place to which one is bound by emotions. Into the sometimes highly descriptive observations, there suddenly intrudes the director’s emotionally animated commentary. A small, snow-shrouded village in a post-communist country.
The Eisenstein-like conflict between the old and the new (relicts of totalitarianism contrast with the achievements of capitalism) takes on sleepy contours in the wintry timelessness, far from the budding spring.

Between the Seas competition section.
- Screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Jivko Darakchiev.

31.01 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€ 7,5€ / 6€ (soirée / avond)

DJ Mr Ultrafino, coming straight from Czech Republic, with his vinyl collection of jazz, funk and soul from the 60s and the 70s.

31.01 > 24:00

Robert Kirchhoff, 2013, SK-CZ, video, ov st ang, 100'

Nearly 40 years ago, a young woman was murdered in Slovakia. To this day, the group of men who were convicted of this crime have tried in vain to prove that they are the victims of judicial terror. The director, who does not hide the fact that the sympathizes with the convicted, goes beyond their case and indirectly reveals doubts as to the trustworthiness of his country’s judicial system.
Only once do most of the convicted appear together before the camera: when their sentences are confirmed in 2006. More than the words, recriminations, anger, and sadness, the viewer remembers their exhausted expressions and the realization that they can never give up.

Special mention of the Between the Seas jury.
- Screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Robert Kirchhoff.

01.02 > 19:00
5€ / 3,5€ 6€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

Johanna Domke & Marouan Omara, 2013, EG-DE, video, ov st ang, 47'

The Egyptian revolution showed the strength of social networks. Instead of showing footage from the streets, however, this experimental film offers a visually meticulous look inside a government institution. Static shots from inside the Al-Ahram newspaper are accompanied by the voice of a fictional photojournalist talking about the fear of the image and the way it and the public are manipulated.
ZOOM Snapshots come to life to show the mechanism behind the making of a newspaper; the voice-over talks about the revolution, about the sound of tear-gas canisters, and about how Al-Ahramu did not write about the things going on outside. The presses turn indifferently as the hospitals fill with people.

Opus Bonum competition section.

+ Central Station Sofia

Alberto Iordanov, 2013, GB-BG, video, ov st ang, 13'

The biggest train station in the Balkans was built during the peak of the socialist era, but today is a place that many people try to avoid. This surreal meditation showing the wanderings of a conifer, an empty hotel, a shuttered café and snippets from the lives of the station’s inhabitants provides a portrait of the current state of an entire country.
Birds fight over a piece of bread. A radio announcement. Nobody at the hotel, a bored receptionist, disgruntled rail workers forbidden from watching television – for even in the half-life of decay there must be a clear sense of order.

Short Joy competition section.

01.02 > 22:00
3,5€ / 2,5€ 6€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

Anja Salomonowitz, 2013, AT, video, ov st ang, 80'

This film revealing the senseless nature of Austria’s immigration policy towards inhabitants of the Third World is more than a mere critique of the system. Director Anja Salomonowitz uses intimate stories of mixed couples/marriages to show the power of love. The film’s protagonists are composed into long, static shots that all share a unifying element – yellow.
ZOOM The film finds its emotional core in children’s rooms, since it is here that the young protagonists are at the mercy of mothers in love and the authorities; watching a 10-year-old girl pray for her father to return from Africa sends a chill down our spines.

Silver Eye Award 2013 for the Best feature-length documentary.
Between the Seas competition section.

+ We are Mutants

Konrad Wakolbinger, 2013, AT, video, ov de st ang, 15'

The reform of the Austrian postal service opened up the burning issue of employees who cannot be fired before retirement. The presented data forces us to think about the dangerous but socially acceptable measures taken by large companies that result in employees with nothing to do, apathy, surfing the web, and contempt for human dignity.
The working rhythm is determined by the rapid movement of the sorting equipment. Package after package.

Short Joy programme section.

02.02 > 19:00
5€ / 3,5€

Peter Snowdon, 2013, BE-GB, video, ov st ang, 78'

Consisting of amateur video footage of the Arab Spring uploaded onto YouTube, this documentary presents seven days of the uprising, captured from the inside. Blurry but unfiltered images of protestors, brutal police crackdowns, and destroyed cities show that the best way to understand chaos is to be a part of it.
When the cameraman asks a man standing on the street to describe the events of recent days, he answers, “This is the real Egypt. Before, we were living somewhere else. We are all pilgrims, emigrants, exiles.”

Best world documentary film 2013.
- Screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Peter Snowdon.

07.02 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€ 6€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

Alexander Abaturov, 2013, RU-FR, video, ov st fr, 52'

A Russian director puts together a mosaic or his country’s rural mentality deformed by government propaganda. The pre-election season in the Russian town of Achinsk is filled with the voices of the regime’s supporters, drowned out only by the chopping of ice on a Siberian lake. The regime’s skeptical opponents are already predicting the clear outcome.
The locals’ passivity and the election commission’s unspoken stance on the clear ballot manipulation culminate in the citizens’ inability to change the situation. Putin’s emotional tears following his victory are a visual metaphor for the artificiality of the entire election process in Russia.

Between the Seas competition section.

07.02 > 22:00
3,5€ / 2,5€ 6€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

Andran Abramjan, 2013, CZ, video, ov st ang, 40'

This commentary on the collapse of civilization in four acts contains trace elements of Islamophobia, atheism, tabloid media, Mark Zuckerberg, mouldy bread, demonstrators, migrant labourers, Egyptologists and scepticism. An extensive exploration of the transcendental questions of a metastasising civilization. The society of excess and collapse, illustrated through the simplicity of children’s games on a playground.
Seen from a voyeur’s vantage point on a balcony, children’s games reveal complicated issues of civilization’s entropy – naive creatures as metaphors for complex and complicated social mechanisms of power, control and subjugation.

Special mention of the Czech Joy jury.
- Screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Andran Abramjan.

+ Sou

Tatsuto Kimura, 2012, JP, video, no dial, , 10'

The texture of minerals meticulously stacked one on top of the other emphasizes solidity but also the changes wrought by time. Some of the patterns are absorbed by others; undestructiveness is lost in transparency. The animation of the earth’s non-living surfaces and subsurfaces condenses geological transformation that in real time take millions of year.
The gap between stones slowly grows, a rock is transformed as if were an organic body, a fault is quickly covered in another layer, the original colour is absorbed to create new matter.

Fascinations competition section.

08.02 > 19:00
3,5€ / 2,5€ 6€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

Massimo D'Anolfi & Martina Parenti, 2013, IT, video, ov st ang, 77'

A film with almost no words, about things that people do not usually talk about. Army testing has turned an Italian army firing range into a dangerous place for people and all nearby living beings. Not coincidentally, it is a place reminiscent of the Zone in Stalker – a place that arouses curiosity precisely through its forced negation of life.
Dark matter is a hypothetical form of matter that does not interact with light. It neither emits nor absorbs light. Dark matter has no radiation and no shadow. And yet, scientists are convinced that it exists.

Opus Bonum competition section.

08.02 > 21:00
5€ / 3,5€ 6€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)

lang: en
id_rubrique: 1970
prog: 1960
pos: aval