“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.
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Filip Remunda (1973) is one of the most remarkable representatives of contemporary Czech documentary film. He has influenced the Czech documentary both as director and producer and as initiator and co-founder of the Institute of Documentary Film; a civil association which has been supporting East European documentary film and its success on the European level for more than 10 years.
Avi Mograbi has had the (ill) luck to become the “face” of his films. His notion of cinematography is very personal. The body of his work has become his own body; he guarantees his films by his own person. He has a special gift of being able to make fun of himself while taking his themes deadly seriously. He doesn’t believe in “observation” though, his camera always being part of the plot.
Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei is a versatile filmmaker and personality whose films rank among the best of contemporary European documentary film, having received a whole range of prestigious awards. Telling powerful stories of epic scale, Frei’s films thus represent a perfect opportunity for Doc Alliance Filmsto say goodbye to the summer “re-runs“ of older film titles.
The films by Lukáš Kokeš are a little bit provocative, leaving the viewers in constant uncertainty as to what is authentic in his portraits and what has been constructed by the filmmaker. To be precise, what scenes and situations he has stylized his protagonists into. Kokeš says he likes the viewers‘ constant uncertainty.
András Szirtes was born in 1951 in Budapest, Hungary. He made his very first films under the strong influence of the film avant-garde, especially another Hungarian filmmaker János Tóth. Szirtes’ work is closely bonded with the Béla Balázs Studio. Even his early works are strongly personal; his films show unmistakeable traces of a personal diary, and the author’s physical self is a part of nearly every picture.
We present a selection of the films of Czech author, screenwriter and director Martin Ryšavý. Martin Ryšavý (born 1967 in Prague) studied biology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Charles University and screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. He is head of the Department of Screenwriting and Script Editing at FAMU. He has made documentaries with primarily ethnographic themes in Siberia and Vietnam.