Take a leave with FAMU: Leave all limitations behind!
The summer holiday is a traditional time for us to embark on an adventure in the company of the students of Prague’s FAMU. Are you wondering what the young Czech filmmakers have learned in the past year, who has grown since last year and what themes reverberate in university circles today? Leave it to us and join us on a two-week leave with Prague students who have packed games for the road, postcards (1 CZK a piece), stories from the Balkans and a large dose of experiment in their backpacks.
This year’s expedition is led by young female directors who will safely guide you through the world of student film. Anna Kryvenko, who won an award for the best Czech experimental documentary film at Jihlava IDFF with LISTEN TO THE HORIZON, will take you on a path of courage. Her found footage essay deals with the depiction of war in the media and the absurdity of images from which we are separated by the safe line of our screens. According to the statement of the festival jury, the director has managed to use complex and balanced montage to create a film that has become a genuine witness of its time.
Ondřej Šálek will take you to the Balkans where a free state called Liberland was formed on the border between Serbia and Croatia. Its freedom is symbolized by a chance to avoid paying taxes to the Czech state, however, the path to it is rather difficult. Watch THE EPIC MOVING OF PAVEL SKÁLA TO THE FREE LAND OF LIBERLAND and find out how to look for a tax haven and who it is open to.
Greta Stocklassa will help you write postcards from the trip; in THE STILL LIFE OF VERA, she is searching for the addressee of 254 postcards that ended up at a second hand bookshop for 1 CZK a piece. Can one make a portrait of a person based on a fifty years’ collection of birthday cards and International Women’s Day greetings? Does Vera represent an average person of her time or can we find something unusual under the petals of paper flowers? Greta Stocklassa has revisited the theme of the average in her second short film MEDIUM GREY reflecting on what is black and what is white, what is average vision and who is an average person by exposing human complexion.
If you are searching for fifty shades of grey, look away from MEDIUM GREY and watch the short film STRIP by Kateřina Turečková. In her black-and-white film, the director invites you to the apartment and relationship of two girls, one of whom works as a stripper. Like many other couples, these two young women, too, are trying to find the lost balance between work and personal life, between a paid job and passion.
All you have to do now is pack a snack for your trip with the young faces of Czech film. As soon as the last night of July fades into August 1, we are embarking on a two week adventure whose itinerary has been prepared by the students of Prague’s FAMU. Enjoy your online holiday for free at DAFilms.com!
Films for the event
Techsquat (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 35 min
The new form of community living called techsquat is open to all creatives, entrepreneurs and managers who want to share their personal and working space-time with similar-minded people. Five young people living together in a Prague apartment like to think of techsquatting as a progressive and stimulating lifestyle...
Epochální stěhování Pavla Skály do svobodné země Liberland (Orig.) / Czech Republic / 10 min
Vít Jedlička founded in between of Croatia and Serbia new state Liberland, that represents for many Czechs a hope for dignified life without tax paying to Czech state. Pavel Skala, deputy of Liberland minister of finance, is thus on the way to Balkan to cofund new international tax heaven...
Středně šedá (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 9 min
Professor Jiří Myslík offers an engaging lecture on the physical criteria for capturing images on black and white media. His interpretation of the exposure of human skin is accompanied by playful illustrations that place the firm firmly in the celebrated tradition of Czechoslovak educational films.
Pohledy na Věru Bechyňovou (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 9 min
The lost magic of postcards is explored on film in this FAMU student exercise. A mosaic composed of seasonal motifs and short messages illustrates the relationship of several people to Věra. The passage of time is shown only by the change in the heads of state on the postage stamps. Will the mysterious recipient be found?
Všechno skončí v jedné bedně (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 18 min
A mini-portrait, treading lightly on the fringe of a gently parodic self-portrait, of the collector/gynaecologist/animal breeder/honorary consul/Dutch/Czech gentleman Oldřich Uttendorfský. Through the panopticon of an ordinary day, we are introduced to a man in whom languages, times, and cultures blend in a way that is difficult to analyse and interpret.
Poslechnout horizont (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 22 min
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...