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50 Shades of White

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An endless white cover silencing the body of a mountain landscape. Dangerous to humans, the snow mass is penetrated only by the trails and breath of its animal inhabitants. Laughter, children’s cries and frozen faces of the lovers of winter joys. Sport matches, official celebrations and rituals in the most popular places of winter tourism. How many forms can a landscape have? How many shades of white does it take?


Our current documentary selection introduces various shades of the typical colour of winter as well as various film genres and cinematic approaches taking the viewers to various latitudes. The comic genre is represented by the playful film about skiing SNOW CRAZY by Latvian director Laila Pakalnina. Despite Latvia’s being a northern country, with the inherent notion of winter and frost, it does not abound in high mountains. However, it does abound with winter sports fans. What is the result of an equation of a single low hill and a multitude of eager downhillers? A silent, existential counterpart of merry skiing is represented by two films by respected Russian documentarist Sergei Loznitsa. Shot on black-and-white 35mm film, the lyrical essays LANDSCAPE and ARTEL turn images of remote everyday life in a Russian landscape into a work of art. Rendering life in the American North from a perspective different from the Russian one, HOW TO SAVE A FISH FROM DROWNING captures three old men as they delve into memories lively depicting the death of traditional rural environment. The phenomenon of winter tourism and trade with traditional folklore are critically assessed in the documentary BEING A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOUSE capturing the unsuccessful attempt to turn Russia‘s Chukotka region into a new treasure of snow tourism. Experimental film approaches are employed in the short 16mm collage MOUNTAIN TRIP creating patterns from Austrian mountain postcards as well as the performance-like author’s trip across Japan by French director Nicolas Gerber UN MONDE ARGENTE. The selection is wrapped up by the traditional narrative documentary BEAR ISLANDS set in a remote Russian natural preserve and by the famous Canadian contribution to the history of cinema THE SNOWSHOERS representing one of the first “direct cinema” documentaries.

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Landscape

Landschaft (Orig.) / 2003 / Russia / 60 min

Harch, self-consuming stylistic exercise introduces nearly a single moving scene, throught which the winter landscaped curled in itself seems to watch those who really want to see it...

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Un Monde Argente

Un Monde Argenté (Orig.) / 2011 / France / 48 min

The tempestive dash of a scientist in the research of the crystal lattice, he will loose himself until reaching Hiroshima…

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Being a Tourist in Your Own House EN

Turistou ve vlastním domě (Orig.) / 2009 / Czech Republic / 45 min

A documentary about the tourism influence on original ethnic groups that haven’t been affected by civilization so far and about the changes of how they experience their own culture. The documentary takes place on the Russian far north – in the Chukotka region.

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Being a Tourist in Your Own House CZ

Turistou ve vlastním domě (Orig.) / 2009 / Czech Republic / 45 min

A documentary about the tourism influence on original ethnic groups that haven’t been affected by civilization so far and about the changes of how they experience their own culture. The documentary takes place on the Russian far north – in the Chukotka region.

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The Snowshoers

Les Raquetteurs (Orig.) / 1958 / Canada / 15 min

With great authenticity and spontaneity, Les raquetteurs records the celebration and ritual surrounding a snowshoe competition in Sherbrooke in the late 1950sh

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Bear Islands

Medvědí ostrovy (Orig.) / 2010 / Czech Republic / 60 min

The film captures the life of residents of the Sakha Republic, or Yakutia, Russia's Far Eastern Federal District. Bear Islands are located in the East Siberian Sea at the mouth of the Kolyma River.

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Artel

Artel (Orig.) / 2006 / Russia / 30 min

Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film, IDFF Jihlava 2007.

In harsh natural environment, four young men try to rip from the frozen lake in the middle of the snowy Russian plains something which will provide them with a livelihood.

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How To Save A Fish From Drowning

How To Save A Fish From Drowning (Orig.) / 2007 / United Kingdom / 12 min

How to Save a Fish from Drowning is a quirky film about the death of white rural America.

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Snow Crazy

Sniegs (Orig.) / 2008 / Latvia / 34 min

There is a popular Latvian folksong which begins with the phrase “I was singing out high on a mountain”.

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Mountain Trip

Mountain Trip (Orig.) / 1999 / Austria / 4 min

Mountain Trip is a cinematic myriorama constructed of hundreds of Austrian postcards, which reflect a country's hackneyed trappings as no other medium can...

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