One of the currently much discussed issues is how much time we spend in the real world and how much time we spend in the virtual one – online.
One of the currently much discussed issues is how much time we spend in the real world and how much time we spend in the virtual one – online. “The network of networks” has trapped mankind to such an extent that we cannot even imagine what it would be like if it was not there. The internet has become an inspiration, a subject matter as well as a means of expression of cinema. The documentary films in our event are not an exception. You can watch them until February 19.
Films for the event
Biotop (Orig.) / 2016 / Czech Republic / 3 min
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...
Excerpt (Orig.) / 2008 / Israel / 5 min
One excerpt from a flow of Internet video news: a family is hiding behind a wall in a neighbourhood in Beirut, Lebanon that turned into a warzone. The compressed video is slowed down, enlarged, and gets a new soundscape. Additional dimensions are revealed in the scene, and a troubling contrast between imagery and content is created, leading to an unsettling affect: anxiety deconstructed into pixels.
Save as... (Orig.) / 2015 / Czech Republic / 2 min
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.
State of Play (Orig.) / 2013 / Belgium, South Korea / 96 min
A feature documentary about the world of South-Korean professional gamers. Every year thousands of South-Koreans flock to the game stadiums in Seoul to watch the Pro League, a live sports event where professional gamers compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft.
Pieces and Love All to Hell (Orig.) / 2011 / Canada / 60 min
"Flag as inapproriate". This unconspicuous button with a flag icon appears underneath every single YouTube video we watch marking the limits of our freedom in the Internet. Once flagged by anonymous users, after being checked by the also anonymous YouTube team, a video quickly disappears forever.
Durakam zdes ne mesto (Orig.) / 2014 / Bulgaria, Russia, United States / 86 min
The internet, madness, and old and new Russia - these are the touchpoints of this film standing at the fine line between performance and raw documentary. Sergei Astahov is a mentally disabled man who spends most of his time closed up in his Moscow flat, sending his messages out into the world in the form of videoblogs...