Istanbul, a metropolis at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, has always been a way station for the merchants and travellers of the world. Today, for migrants from Africa and the Middle East, it is a gateway to the promised land of Europe...
Lebrun is a new player on the burgeoning Chinese-African trade route, brokering in Guangzhou an enormous order for Congolese presidential campaign t-shirts. But he gets stung when the order is held up in production until months after the election...
There was no place like this on Eastern European map, in the Communist Block.
JAROCIN – a small town in Greater Poland becomes a symbol of independence, rebellion and freedom in a system of oppression. And it was all thanks to rock music.
A warrior as an archetype – a symbol – a real person – along this line, the film’s authors descend into the heart of darkness of the Liberian civil war at the turn of the century. One by one, seven generals share their thoughts on what it means to commit one’s life to a war in which ancient traditions clash with modern alienation.
Sarah is invited to show her film in Israel as part of a film festival bus trip. She is hoping for political discussions and friendships except the conversation stops each time she brings up the occupation of Palestine...
A dreamy animated documentary about the dangers of early cinema. The atmosphere of old film theatres is recalled through a mixture of handmade techniques...
Women are lucky, they get to have the only organ in the human body dedicated exclusively for pleasure: the clitoris! In this humorous and instructive animated documentary, discover its unrecognized anatomy and its unknown herstory.
Everybody has an opinion or a story to tell about Bosses. And most of the time our impressions are not that positive: In a survey conducted by the Munich based Geva Institute it has been reported that in Germany about 88 percent of the workers have problems with their superiors...
The artificial flavor of banana is based on a fruit that no longer exists. Gross Michel was, until 1960, America’s most popular strand of bananas. Its obituary is bleak, gooey, and speaks about the past, present and future global food politics.
What does it mean for the filmmakers and for the viewers to make a documentary that is an eyewitness account of ongoing injustice and crime? What are its ethical pitfalls and what methods can be employed by the documentarists?
How to write a script of crime? What key elements come into play? How is the psychology of the characters born; should it be based on the storyline?
How did the controversial Norwegian series come into being? How did Jo Nesbø contribute to the project? Did the authors face the resistance of Russian or Norwegian official authorities? What traditions and genres does the series draw on?
Mountain Fire Personnel is an experimental documentary that explores a wild fire spanning 27,000 acres in Southern California...
The author of the official spot of the 21st Ji.hlava IDFF is the award winning Icelanding composer and experimental filmmaker, Jóhann Jóhannsson who will be among the festival's guests.
Director Ziad Kalthoum talks about his documentary Taste of Cement, winner of DAS Award 2017.
Luis Miguel Cintra, actor, stage director and director of Teatro da Cornucópia, staged the play Illusion. This play was based upon texts by Federico García Lorca. More than delusion of the senses or blurred utopia, the illusion that lives in this film is closely linked to dreams, desires, wills, fantasies, and its chances of substantiation.
A portrait of performance artist, sculptor, artist, teacher, woman and mother Lenka Klodová...
Portrait of a Lone Farmer is a feature documentary about a Danish-Nigerian family torn apart by geography, who are today trying to both comprehend and explain the choices they made...
Fixers are local guides who tell journalists how to get the best images of war – from what angle to shoot a ruined airport, which checkpoint to pass through and which to avoid...
A short film about finding a partner in 21st century.
Home 4 is loosely inspired by Olaf Breuning’s trilogy of films entitled Home, in which the Swiss artist used an actor, home videos, and the aesthetics of trash to explore the phenomenon of home.
A young girl disappears in a forest in the heart of São Paul
Two Romanian boys roam around an abandoned building, looking for metal to sell to the scrap dealer. The camera accompanies them, exploring the spaces in the empty building: factory floors, stairwells, offices – the floors of which are covered with a sea of thick old files...
This film was made during My Street Films workshop in Poland.
Young filmmakers would like to make a movie about everyday life in the 9-th district in Budapest. They wanted to shoot an alternative promotion film for the owners of the shops and restaurants located in Corvin-negyed. Can they do this?
On the former partyplace called Rio Hungarian teenagers made a DIY Skatepark for themselves. During the movie we can know the whole story of the concrete process...
The short film deals with controversial concrete flower boxes at Prague’s Smíchov District and their future fate.
A concert by the Plastic People and Aktual at the Music F Club on 26 February 1971 – usually called one of the key events of the Czech underground. The film captures pre-concert preparations and the concert itself, including the industrial elements of Milan Knížák’s Aktual (the use of power drill, metal percussion, various objects, and throwing rice into the audience)...
In this recording of a July concert by the Plastic People in the village of Skála near Humpolec, Ságl captures the almost apocalyptic dimension of the Plastics’ performances. He shoots expressive close-ups of the dancers using a hand-held spotlight, complemented by calmer footage of the musicians immersed in playing their instruments – all of it “edited” directly in the camera...
The “Dumpling Feast” was a private event held at the home of Dana and Jiří Němec on Prague’s Ječná Street. The idea for the event came from Ivan M. Jirous, who held the family’s dumpling recipe...
Preparations for a concert by the Plastic People and Aktual in the village of Suchá by Nejdek. The film records the arrival of the band members, moving the equipment, and setting up the stage, but not the concert itself, which took place in absolute darkness and is seen on the film only as a brief shot of someone breathing fire...
The wedding film of the Plastic People’s singer, Paul Wilson, shows the scene before and after the ceremony at the town hall in Prague 5, including the gathered friends and the final departure of the newlyweds.
An opening reception for an exhibition of jugs by ceramic artist František Maxera is slowly transformed into a wild alcohol-fueled party with an acoustic concert by the members of the Plastic People. Recorded at the U Lojzy pub in Prague’s Vinohrady district.
A private concert by the Plastic People at their practice space in the now-demolished house (no. 1) on the corner of Dělnická and Argentinská Streets in Prague. Because of the cramped conditions, Ságl recorded the events in extreme close-up using his characteristic hand-held lighting...
A reading by Egon Bondy at the local pub in Klukovice in November 1974. Bondy reads Invalid Siblings as Ságl’s camera focuses primarily on the faces in the audience. About halfway through the film, there is an improvised acoustic concert by the members of the Plastic People, which transforms the event into a wild party, including Bondy’s own creative dancing.
While on a trip with Ivan M. Jirous, Jan Ságl came across several dozen metal printers’ plates hanging out in the open landscape. A much-needed product in samizdat circles, the plates were being used to scare away birds. The film shows a sun-drenched landscape with scattered silver points arranged in random constellations like some kind of land-art...
Wally’s life is increasingly turned upside down by her mother's alcohol addiction. Helplessness, excessive demands and desperation shape her childhood – a daily struggle for survival.
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...
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.
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.
The so-called raumplan, special space-structuring in the Muller's Villa in Prague, respecting function and symbolical importance of each room in the house, was Adolf Loos's specific understanding of functionalism. We build the Villa from thoughts: the film mirrors particular changes in mathematics, cinema and in the social role of media.
Roman Furst and Karel Tomek’s I Am for a Human Face – their film about Evžen Plocek, the third human torch of 1969 – was made that same year and managed to win county and regional amateur film contests before the two Jihlava filmmakers hid it for the long period of Normalization.
Meeting with Václav, an extraordinary person, who was awarded for saving lives of two people.
A radiant, raging girl is shouting and punching the empty space in front of her. She is roughly cut out from her surroundings by a computer algorithm struggling to contain her, and her enemies are erased from the frame. The work is based on a found YouTube video of a Palestinian girl resisting an Israeli soldier. The video-processing highlights the scene as image, both of a fight for freedom, and a media event.
The combination of image manipulation and suggestive music turns journalistic footage of an extreme encounter between a young woman and a group of soldiers into a scene from a dramatic story. If the soldiers weren’t aiming their weapons at her, the choice of shots and the scene’s mood could almost be called romantic...
A work made while living in New York City. Two images appeared on my TV screen: An Israeli soldier being lynched in Ramallah, a Palestinian child and his father being fired at in Gaza. How can horror be constructed in words? It's a schizophrenic situation - two sides trapped in a cycle of violence. Being in a personal schizophrenic state as well, watching this in New York - not here nor there. Are these images real? Are any images real?
In a flickering TV image we see a happy family on a beach, as 100 km away a girl frantically runs on a bombed beach in Gaza. The happy family is shown in a rapidly speeding stream of still images, while the girl is filmed in video, gradually taking over the screen, creating a growing impact of shock and horror, until the girl dissolves in TV noise and becomes a news report.
Hardcore techno music, repetitive loops of images from the 1955 movie ‘The Ten Commandments’, international TV news broadcasts of 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in Lebanon, and a video documentation of a belly dancer in the desert, become an apocalyptic Middle East horror rave party, addressing Middle East war and myths representations of in Western media, and the fetishisation of images of war and religion in mass media.
Having grown up first in Poland and then in Austria, Jola Wieczorek embarks on a search for the life she left behind in her old homeland. To accompany the poetic images she drafts a letter to her Polish alter ego, which remains a speculation, sometimes also a stereotype, away from the shared memories of early childhood. A dialogue with a faded mirror image.
Extremely loud and incredibly close.
Recent history dies out in the overgrown landscape of a former German military base where children are playing. Through performances by young protagonists and disturbing commentary that suggests that the innocence of the images isn’t what it appears to be, the film reflects on the phenomenon of violence and encourages us to learn from the past.
A town observed from the hill facing it is treated as an architectural model illuminated by the lights of a home interior. The sounds cancel the distance of the shot, amplifying the details of places and actions lit up by beams of light...
This audio-visual composition stimulates the senses through its fascinating insight into transient reality. Its collage of images and scenes has no labels or definitions. They stir in the mind only to disappear as soon as they emerge, creating a visual poem on genesis and decay underscored by a raw soundscape.
A dialogue between audio and video reinterprets a scene from the movie The Stranger (1967, dir. Luchino Visconti), in which the condemned debates with a priest about the absurdity of life, death, and the non-existence of God. The debate is abstracted by the skewed image as seen through cut glass and the meanings of their words take on a certain timelessness.
The filmmaker explores the principles of movement while dreaming, and constructs them outside of the world of dreams by inserting graphic elements into images from the real world and simulating the space of a computer game in the virtual world. As she passes through these fictional worlds, the main character takes on a real as well as animated form.
People’s limited view of the world often places the human perspective above the natural cycles. Visual details capture the egotism that often causes us to not see the essence of things, Together with an apt and uncompromising voiceover they call on us to become aware of the impact our actions have on our surroundings.
A group of five school-aged youths spend their free time in front of a graffiti-covered wall. In the rough area near the train tracks we observe the process of rap being created. The free way the youths speak and off-the-cuff texts accompanied by music emanating from their mobile phones say a great deal about way they perceive the world.
1982 is not a year, it is a number. It is the number of massacres that occurred in Colombia. Using a Hollywood film from 1919, the film is a portrait of distant and yet persistent peoples and individuals, an observation of the gesture that survives despite the blind light cast upon them by time, routine or indolence.
Excerpts from a television interview with Eugène Ionesco in an adaptation of his absurd story The Colonel’s Photograph, which is dominated by the motif of a swimming pool that conceals drowned bodies. The visual pun is a compilation of techniques: animation, video, 3D graphics, and text, which give the seemingly random scenes a sort of structure.
A flying saucer floats through the sky in black and white, creating the illusion of alien forces; upon taking a closer look, it’s obvious that it’s just a toy. The filmmaker examines the issue of videos spreading untruthful alarm messages using the same principles, highlighting the fine line between fact and fiction.
When making the film, the director got carried away by the environment of a botanical garden. By its aesthetic, the video reminds of the times when photographic technology was still shrouded in the mystery of black-and-white photography; the times that gave rise to many enigmatic films and inexplicable phenomena.
An associative film about blending the personal with the common, about the relationship of the memories of a place and memories of individuals, about the processes of reconciliation and coming to terms with something. A film about searching for paths from small to big Berlin and more.
One crack, thousands of taps, and poisoned inhabitants of Prague 6. Who knows what's in the water pipes?
What is hiding behind the walls of the closely guarded building near Smržová u Hradce Králové? The town’s residents have lived with indifference to the goings-on at the facility at their backs. The filmmaker provoked a debate which led to new information, rumors, and fantasies that have accumulated for years around the functioning of the place.
In this observational diptych, the narrator, Daan Bunnik depicts the struggles of observing the ageing bodies of his parents...
Li Si-yong and his wife live near Wen-lin Building, which was demolished by force and relocated by the government in 2012...
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.
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...
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?
Intimate look into a relationship of two girls. One is a stripper and the other has a problem with it.
Authorial reportage about looking for stolen things.
Short film about “murmurations”: the mysterious flights of the Common Starling. It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air show...
"From the information in your database, can you then for certain say that Copenhagen exists for real? Can you from the information in your database say for sure that the data could not be from another city? Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen!"
Jewish Israeli grandparents are challenged by their grandchild to compose an agreed-upon version of the untold story of a large crystal mirror, taken from a depopulated Palestinian home in the Nakba.
Documenting a phone call to the "Norwegian directorate of immigration", this film is about a group of asylum seekers that have been six years in Norway without basic human rights.
To become an object of one own's intention.
2 ladies in a room: a casting agent and an actress. This hybrid documentary deals with empathy, acting and authentisity. Marie starts: “When I enter into a role, I imagine that every individual has a core, with the same potential emotional life.”
At the ritual celebrations of Saint Bartholomew of the Sea, disillusionment helps the feet enter the cold water. It's like a whisper, indifferent to the distorted music that echoes round the beach. Disillusionment makes these people beg to heaven what they cannot achieve on earth. How many are the dreams they dare not dream?
A ferry crosses the river. The work of the ferry is never-ending. It is a boat that transports people from one shore to another, from one country to another, without ever stopping, regardless of the changing seasons.
What do Bingo and SpongeBob have in common? Dusan, an eight-year-old boy trapped in limbo between two polar opposite worlds, spends his time amongst gambling adults in a casino while his imagination is captivated by children’s television series...
This rousing video shows the essence of crowd mentality, the fury and the ecstasy; the visceral thrill of being part of something bigger than yourself.
Bailu, a village located in the Sichuan province, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2008. The Chinese government decided to rebuild it as a “French village”. The movie is a journey across this peculiar village. It meets its people in their various activities.
Stop-motion film Playground shows a battle between nature and culture, between organic ryegrass and artificial turf. American Football is played on rectangular fields, measuring 120 yards (110 meters) long and 160 feet (49 m) wide. These dimensions defined the framework for this film. Made with images found in Google Earth.
While keeping in touch by phone, two protagonists live in a visually completely distinct universe. One is a drone pilot, the other works in an office. Flanet illustrates how technological progress changes the perspectives of human beings: people can share the same reality and still have totally different perceptions.
Thomas Mohr took 1,853 photographs of the exhibition The Order of Time and Things in Museum Reina Sofia in Madrid, which exhibited artist Hanne Darboven's home studio. Rhythmically edited to her composition Requiem, op. 22, book 61, the photos and music pulsate.
On March 31st 2011 the small island Mayotte in the Indian Ocean officially received the status as the 101st department of France. Since that day, a new external frontier of the European Union separates Mayotte from Anjouan, its African sister-island belonging to the Union of the Comoros. Both Islands were for a long time part of the French colonial empire...
In Benin, a young man lives peacefully in the mangrove. He fishes, eats coconut and takes a nap in the shade of the trees...
A pregnant soon-to-be mother is forced to choose whether her beloved child should try to live or not with a cardiac malformation. Feelings of anger, powerlessness and immense grief overwhelm her.
As it follows the arrows painted on old building facades in Pilsen, this short documentary asks passers-by if the know their origin and purpose. Some people have no idea that the arrows were ever anything more than way-markers, while others remember the time when they were drawn.
Everyone has their favourite place where they can hide away from a problem or they can soothe their mind. This short film takes place at Vitkov park in Prague 3. It is presenting how the filmmaker see the difference between Czech and Burmese culture.
Interview with members of a fictitious Czech Border Defence Society (CBDS) which represents a form of docu-fiction. In the first half, the viewer is confronted with historical information, personal life's tragedies and scenery shots of the ruins after the infamous Czechoslovak financial contribution (Bunkers of the pre-war fortification)...
Current state of the former largest cinema in the Czech republic and its last projectionist.
A testimony on a pipeline damage incident, theft and two official records from one police station in the Prague city centre, disturbing the peaceful Christmas spirit during which blood is drained.
The Tomáš Baťa Monument, designed by architect František Lydie Gahura well-known for his designs in the city of Zlín commissioned by Tomáš Baťa, is one of the masterpieces of Zlín’s functionalism. It is currently closed. What will happen to it in five years?
For almost 20 years, there has been a rehabilitation centre for clients with drug, alcohol and gambling addictions at Hraničná Street. Two years ago, a gambling club was built on the very same street. I grew up there and I came to like the clients as a child. That is one of the reasons why I was taken aback by the new gambling club in close proximity of the centre.
The picture of a time period which the citizens from Modrý Kameň live nowadays in. The stories of people told through their dialogues with a postwoman who is a part of their everyday life. At first sight, the postwoman is a bearer of messages to people, but she is actually a collector of their life stories.
It was originally intended to be modern Italys showcase urban project after WWII: the Don Bosco housing project on the southern edge of Rome...
As Robert Smithson said, if you trigger specific associations from a site, if you deal directly with its visual appearance, with that which Roland Barthes calls the "simulacrum of the object," then the goal is to understanda new type of structure as a whole, which generates new meanings.
A sound collage combining elements from classic espionage and Cold War movies is laid over a series of panning shots describing the architecture of an abandoned counter espionage listening station in the outskirts of Berlin.
During the low tides, the Tagus estuary becomes an extraordinary place of survival.
Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of a rocky, snowy landscape, young soldiers appear to be getting ready for an invisible war. The barracks, wind, card games, chatter and above all, the waiting...
At certain times, dates and places, pedestrians halt, traffic stops and silence ensues. For just a moment, generally counted in minutes, the world is a frozen arrow pointing at the thought of something important, so important that it should never be forgotten...
Época Baixa shows places left behind by tourists during the Off Season in Portugal. We still can sense the colourful days of past summer days. The tourists have left their traces. Sometimes we can even hear them,
like ghost voices, from the far distance.
Once upon a time a poor woodcutter lived with his wife and two children in a small cottage next to a great forest. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. Do you know this old story by the brothers of Grimm?
Radicalism in the West is perceived as a threat to freedom. Today Islam carries the stigma of the word. Abeer is a Jordanian woman, a devout Muslim. She works in a non-governmental organization, and on "Heaven" Radio Station. What are her hopes and what does she dream of? What does it mean to be radical?
When my grandma died, she managed to bring some of her things with her into theafterlife. This personal film is about the life of the objects she left behind.
Stockholm – Prague. Mother and daughter trying to shorten the distance between them through video calls. But the geographical distance isn’t the only thing they have to overcome...
What to do when you need to stop needing? Is it possible to exorcise ego with ego? Is it worth trying to stop trying? To strive for a status without striving?
Pictures from memory of a person suffering from cerebral palsy. He got ill with the Polio virus in the early 60′s. Why and how did experts research the technique of his falls?
A small house within a larger house. A small flat with only one window. A window to an air shaft. How can we affect what happens behind the wall and how does it affect us? Should we try to help someone who doesn’t want to be helped?
A portrait of a childless forty-year-old as she re-evaluates her life to date. Not even the disillusionment from romantic ideals is capable of dimming her desire for a child. The film is accompanied by the cynical yet pragmatic commentary of a woman who has given up on finding a life partner in favour of a sperm donor.
A flock of birds circles over the swamp. On the dusty pavement, a person's leftover belongings fade away. Grass grows over the half-decrepit collapsed buildings, but a fresh breeze blows through them as well. In the motel, the day passes at the pace of waiting.
In Balkans every generation has its war. Sons are continuing fights started by their fathers. There are rifles and pistols in every hand. Concentration of arms has reached a critical point. Even the smallest incident would be disastrous to this fragile peace.
What are the pedestrians looking for when they stop in the plaza?. A documentary based on atmospheric sensations reveal the human’s necessity of being with themselves...
A cinematographic approach to the aesthetic and conceptual inspirations of the Chilean painter, Guillermo Lorca. He also shared with us his artistic vision while painting a new piece, starting from scratch until the last color.
"Rest, Zulema" is the psychological portrait of a woman who deals with disappointment and deception while reaching the end of her life. She tells the story of her family and all the effort she's made for it. Zulema is one of the many Chilean women who suffer a fate with little or none chances to break through.
A lyrical essay film that captures the spirit of excess and adventure embodied by The Great Gatsby (published in 1925) in fragments from home movies of a wealthy American family on a Grand Tour of Europe and North Africa.
Kherta is a word that comes from the oral tradition of sailors from the island of Kerkennah, in Tunisia.
Which means, the knot. The knot that represents a prison-like space and time.
A family saga for super-8 films and voices with accents of bruising memories. The thoughtful, fond exploration of a haunted past.
Images of the mystery of these departed children who are invisible and yet remain present.
Not a stage direction, but rather something very concrete is hidden behind the technical term. Something which betrays a little of the yearning for intelligent and playful dealings with the medium of short film...
A premonition of a horror film, lurking danger: A house – at night, slightly tilted in the camera´s view, eerily lit – surfaces from the pitch black, then sinks back into it again. A young woman begins to move slowly towards the building. She enters it. The film cuts crackle, the sound track grates, suppressed, smothered...
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, according to his biographers (and his letters confirm this fact), was an extremely sensuous person, and Nachtstueck (Nocturne) was intended to refer to this aspect of his personality: We glide into "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" a bit, then abandon standardized paths of conventional representational film and encounter a few seconds of passionate sensory filmæan example of something I would like to call "physical cinema." The thesis: Herr Mozart would have enjoyed it.
In the darkroom, 50 unexposed film strips were laid across a surface, upon which a frame of "La sortie des Ouvrier de l´Usine Lumiére" was projected. The stringing together of the individual developed sections make up the new film, which reads the original frame like a page from a musical score: within the strips from top to bottom and sequentially from left to right.
A tangled network woven with tiny particles of movements broken out of found footage and compiled anew: the elements of the "to the left, to the right, back and forth" grammar of narrative space, discharged from all semantic burden. What remains is a self-sufficient swarm of splinters, fleeting vectors of lost direction, furrowed with the traces of the manual process of production.
Happy-End is a found footage film: the re-working of someone else's home movies from the 60s and 70s. The sequences selected are taken from many hours of the staged private life of Rudolfand Elfriede, pivoting on demonstrative celebrations, alcohol and cake consumption together...
Found footage from a feature film. From an idyllic scene at the sea Tscherkassky moves to a speedy car driving by night. The radical movement of objects, bodies and senses illustrates the power of cinema.
One can determine a line in Tscherkasskys oeuvre which turns around a game with filmic presentation, with degrees of recognisability - with the only-just and the not-any-more. Just to see desire. An example of this is Erotique. One sees swirling pictures, parts of a woman's face, red lips, eyes in cyclical fragments of movement...
Dream Work, in CinemaScope and black & white, is the same length as a period of deep sleep. The moment at which a woman enters a building, removes her shoes and then her panties (the framing is lascivious), she inevitably becomes both the subject and object. When she falls asleep, she not only falls deeper into the film, the latter penetrates her...
In the case of Ballet 16, 256 frame enlargements of a continuous dance movement were dissected into 16 segments, each consisting of 16 frames. These segments were rearranged and rephotographed frame-by-frame. The resulting synthetic composition of movement was rephotographed off a screen running at twice its normal speed in order to accelerate the final film...
A white screen. Tabula rasa. Panavision. L'Arrivée shines on you like pure projected light, like the white surface still waiting for the marks of the filmmaker. In L'Arrivée, Peter Tscherkassky goes back to the beginning, back to lumière and the Lumières who, once upon a time, made a film of a train arriving...
One year after losing his wife, my grandfather met a woman online. To entice her to visit, we shoot a video of him presenting his home to her.
Ray Lowden keeps seventy-two large birds of prey, five deer and some wallabies at his place in Northumberland, England. He’s had ten days off in twelve years and loves what he does. The film is a little homage to his variously coy, imperious, curious, stubborn and comic raptor menagerie.
Since comets have been recorded, they’ve augured disaster: catastrophe, messiahs, upheaval and end times. A short film about these meteoric ice-cored fireballs and their historic ties to divination that combines imagery of 15th-18th century European broadsides with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory footage...
The temporality of film takes on the temporality of a printed work. In homage to a Bette J. Davis’ illustrated book of the same title, itself an homage to the small music makers of the insect world.
The idea of suspension is evoked on shifting registers – as levitation, cessation, preservation, and suspense – and located in sites whose identities slip as we track through a space within a space.
A single-shot, choreographed portrait of the Foley process, revealing multiple layers of fabrication and imposition. The circular camera path moves us inside and back out of a Foley stage in Burbank, CA. While portraying sound artists at work, typically invisible support mechanisms of filmmaking are exposed, as are, by extension and quotation, governmental violations of individual privacy...
A re-working of Humphrey Jennings' seminal 36-minute 1943 docudrama "The Silent Village," wherein Welsh coal miners from the village of Cwmgiedd collectively re-enact the Nazi invasion and annihilation of the resisting Czech mining village of Lidice...
Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.
A short film by Ross McElwee, who gave a masterclass at Visions du Réel in 2014.
Students from ECAL meet Laila Pakalnina, who ran a workshop at Visions du Réel in 2013.
Students from ECAL meet Eyal Sivan, who ran a workshop at Visions du Réel in 2013.
We read many texts every day. How can we regulate this quantity?
The story of Milda and his pack, love for music and a little experiment. Documentary as a time machine trying to link two diametrically different eras of a corner pub on Řezáčovo Square.
I couldn't find historical records, photos or documents. But I found Mrs. Markova.
The days in Lisbon are long, but the nights are longer. Anik and Nazmul are just two of the many semi-legal migrants from Bangladesh waiting for their residency applications to proceed. They're stuck: they can't leave the country to go home or anywhere else...
The film Jihad by Meat looks at Czech people's relationship to Muslims, juxtaposing Valentin Kusák, President of the Anti-Mosque association, with Muneeb Hassan Alrawi, Chairman of the Main Office of Muslim Associations in the Czech Republic...
A revealing one-shot portrait of two Nepali newlyweds in a moment of rest and playful interaction, Stephanie Spray's Untitled challenges our perception of two themes at the very core of ethnographic filmmaking: human relationships and the ways in which they can be experienced by the viewer...
A post-war film encouraging the renewal of the working process in North Bohemian textile factories, earlier employing primarily workers of German origin. Besides a recruitment gesture, the film also presents a demonstration of the production processes of various types of fabric, ranging from silk to terry cloth...
The film points out the importance of the production of medicines in the National Institute of Public Health in Prague. The film uses a re-enactment frame to present its theme; a mother and a child visit the doctor’s office and the child is served vitamin D in milk against rickets...
Making use of footage filmed during an air raid drill in 1936, the short film was made within a series of films commissioned by the Civil Anti-Aircraft Defence as part of a preventive promotional campaign...
Berlin - Tempelhof is a documentary about a closed airport in central Berlin. It is a short film dealing with urban space, which has lost its purpose and functions as a landscape of memory and time.
A Proud Archive is an auto-docufiction that speaks of rejection and disappointment. It tells a tale of a failed artist who surrendered his dream to reality and became a postman...
Better Life tells a twinned narrative of two struggles of service and citizenship. The audio captures the story of Birendra M., a Nepalese man who served in the First Gulf War in a special division of the British army called the Gurkhas...
A short documentary film "Temporarily" is a personal observation of prolonged circumstances which caused confusion between temporary and permanent state in life.
Back to the old school, back to your roots.
The Story of Ones gives a face and a sense of place to the unseen and offers a personal counterpoint to the officially sanctioned. Like entering a roomful of stories, the viewer steps into an unfamiliar space guided only by the sound of the Vietnamese state radio tuning in to lifestyle programming, call-in shows and radio dramas...
Two videos at the same time- both are shown in a split screen. On the left hand side there are pictures of current news focused on oppression and human right movements worldwide. Situations and the editing are the same as in the original version on the right: Santiago Alvarez’ “Now!” (1965).
The sky´s blue hanging above the black of a forest. Lightning flashes over a clearing. And the white ball of the moon with dark spots...
Two men are walking in the big city at night.
They are having the kind of conversation that only lost souls can have.
The sound recording combined with authentic and directed footage penetrate the position of women in society. To express the political subject she uses simultaneous images in which three separate stories unfold.
My Street Films Your story. Your film. Make it! Fragments of three stories from Prague, get inspired.
Because of the elevator, occupants of the house only know the others on their floor. Meeting the yet unseen occupants of an apartment building after two years of house sharing. What links those who have chosen this place out of all other places on the planet? A minimalist documentary probe into local predetermination and polite urban indifference.
A short film about demolition of the huge hotel from the socialist era.
My house. My home. Where is my home? One afternoon in one quarter. An encounter of innocence and inebriation on a few square metres. Paradise on earth it is to see.
This documentary is on street sellers who sells different kind of things but use same way, their voices. One of them sells cake on street, one of them repairs the quilt on the street, one of them announces the discounts in the market. “I've come and I'm gone” tells that how important human voices is in marketing.
17 years after the Srebrenica genocide, people still gather once a year to bury their loved ones. For some it is an intimate event, for others a collective political gathering. Screens are used to protect: umbrellas not only protect against the burning midday sun, but also offer protection against the gaze of others, or a way to narrow one's own field of vision. Cameras are used in a similar way: helping to see, but also helping not to see too much, and to retain the distance.
I don’t like it when kids cry, that brews a storm in me, a terrible storm. I like it when kids laugh. It will always be like this and it has to belike this. Kids should never be sad.
The film deals with shoplifting as an act of system subversion. It opens up the question of a “moral theft”, catches the thieves in the act and explains the reasons leading to such an act.
A family portray made on the road. A mother and a daughter are setting off to a journey following the memories of the eldest daughter/sister missing in the portray. As we approach the end of the journey, we het to the core of the topic, brought to both women by the absence of the family member.
An absurd and secret meeting of two important men Marian Čalfa and Václav Havel in 1989.
A film about Ostrava air. As a cod in the river Hudson, also Jarek Nohavica is featured! No one smokes in the film, don´t worry.
A deserted hotel at the gas station by the highway to Pilsen. Only the caretaker knows how it works, what is where, where and how the wind blows…
Crowds of people are gathering at Vaclav Havel's funeral and in the meantime, politicians are voting for a law that would confirm Vaclav Havel as the one who was responsible for creating the Czech state. Street sweeps are collecting candles that were brought by mourners and artists are creating a monumental heart from them. It almost seems that with the melting candles, the need for personal interpretation of Havel's legacy disappears as well.
A short film shot at the state funeral of Václav Havel during which the leaving statesman comments his own memorial service for the final time. For he has nothing more to lose he can finally say things without restraint. The last breath and awakening in the arms of the Dalajlama.
What am I? A revolt against you? Isn´t this story just another provocation? Constant fight?
A man, presumably of Vietnamese origin, travels Europe. Shortly after, American troops enter the ground war in Vietnam.
A documentary report covering a football tournament at the stadium of S. K. Viktorie Žižkov in June 1914. The film also captures interesting personalities – one of the admirers and pioneers of cinematography...
Can & Slippers serves as a two-minute example of the art of football while running through the narrow streets of the poor neighbourhood to the dump that surrounds it.
In our lives we collect objects, but can objects collect our lives?
The filmmaker of this short documentary used his cellphone camera to shoot these scenes in Costa Rica. He reflects on the dichotomy of nature versus technology. Part of the MobiDOCS: Confessions in a Digital Age series.
Vova is a guard at a private fishing enterprise. In the Soviet days and the early 1990s he was the head of a collective fishing farm. Nowadays he’s at the roadside of life, watching things go by from his vantage point – the abandoned Voyage cafe. His tales and stories make up a kaleidoscopic image of present-day Ukraine.
A film about the struggle of young people, fresh university graduates, who have to face reality and conform to the society and its system. They often have to accept the tough conditions which go against their own interests and wishes. Their ideals and dreams clash with the global financial crisis, they are uncertain in their interaction with the market rules, and they feel they are living in an unjust country. We are free, but to what extent are we able to manage our own destiny and fight for our own existence?
An empty, but inhabited classroom. Stanislas, Margot and Ali speak about books. I Am an Earthquake, is one of the titles. Every child interprets and imagines. The story becomes the point of departure of a conversation about the world.
Elements relates directly to space, to impregnable landscapes and uncertain horizons. As the motifs, taken from the website "Alaska Weather Camera Program", are small airfields in Alaska, the weather conditions there, time lapse and collage make the functional data disappear. In the same way the concrete objects like cars and planes disappear.
Exciting discussions with the filmmakers about their films shown in the competition sections at Dok Leipzig Film Festival 2013.
I keep looking into myself if Madrid is my city. I came here more than 7 years ago from a place 9546 km far away from here. With the daylight I feel foreigner no matter nobody can tell unless I speak.
The sequences of movement and the plots in Roman Signer’s action sculptures can be viewed as sculptures of space and time. The directions of movement in these documents proceed in a markedly contrasting fashion.
During the spring thaw, when the hills in Appenze11 are clad in a patchwork of green and white, buckets filled with water glide slowly up and down the slope.
The genocide in Rwanda (Itsembatsemba) took place amongst general indifference. On the 6th April 1994, a fury of purification swept the country. Within one hundred days, soldiers and militiamen (Interhamwe) massacred at least 700,000 Tutsis. These images were taken two years after the genocide, in April 1996.
Burundi, 21st October 1993: the democratically elected President N’Dadaye is assassinated by a group of Tutsi officers.
A short documentary from the Alone Against Evil series dealing with significant personalities from the Moravian-Silesian region whose lives were afflicted by big historical moments.
Mountain Trip is a cinematic myriorama constructed of hundreds of Austrian postcards, which reflect a country's hackneyed trappings as no other medium can...
How to Save a Fish from Drowning is a quirky film about the death of white rural America.
With great authenticity and spontaneity, Les raquetteurs records the celebration and ritual surrounding a snowshoe competition in Sherbrooke in the late 1950sh
To the question “What is a woman?” posed by a television station, a few women filmmakers have responded, including Agnès Varda...
A flight under the Prague’s Railway Bridge in July 1919 and its tragic consequences: the death of the director of YMCA in Prague and a river custodian...
The oldest preserved monothematic film about Prague, capturing the city’s atmosphere at the beginning of the 20th century. Quiet nooks, historical sights, street traffic – unique footage of a tram on the Old-Town Square and traffic bustle on the Charles Bridge.
A little portrait of my grandmother Maria. A little film about the end.
In the video Sandstorm, a Bauhaus building from Dessau, Germany, is set down in the middle of a North-African desert storm. Similarly, collage works present tribal natives embedded in classical European interiors. The presence of indigenous art forms in an empty ‘collectable’ villa, built on the contours of modernism, creates a counter point for cultural assimilation.
Daniel Pitín’s video Noise ranks among “found footage” films based on the variation and post-production of original film material. The video is made up of scenes from the Czech crime drama “The Murderer Hides His Face”, however, each scene has been modified by post-production. The original plot is deconstructed, returning to the very beginning rather than developing forward.
Vladimír Turner’s video balances on the line between abstract and concrete depiction, or rather blends the two. The whole film consists of a single time-lapse scene flowing through time and landscape. In the final part of the video, the images very much remind of the inkblots of the Rorschach test.
A series of films by the pioneer of Czech cinematography, architect Jan Kříženecký (1868 – 1921), as composed and titled by film collector Bohumil Veselý (1903 - 1971) in the year 1968.
One of the first Czech scientific documentaries, made by the Society of the Friends of Nature, containing footage of the preparation of a frog’s heart, its pulse, and the response of nerves when irritated by electric current. The film was made by the pedagogue and promoter of sciences Bohumil Bauše (1845 - 1924).
Footage of goose breeding at a prospering poultry farm, the future Poultry Company Libuš (closed down in 2007).
The film, shot from a boat floating in St. Johann’s Rapids on the Vltava River, became the first Czech film awarded abroad (Grand Gold Medal at the 1st International Film Exhibition in Vienna in 1912)...
Holidaymakers at a public pool on the river at the Černošice summer resort. The film was produced by Illusion, a company established at the beginning of World War I in Prague.
In addition to film news and documentary films, it also produced film dramas. Most of its
production is considered lost.
Film news from a farming exhibition, horse races, shooting contest, visit to the grave of František Palacký and the funeral of Bedřich Pacák, a member of parliament. It is the only completely preserved documentary news journal by ASUM. Mere fragments have survived from two other newsreels (March 1914, April 1914).
An edited documentary, composed by AB as a montage of film footages shot during the first days of independent Czechoslovakia (October – November 1918), capturing revolutionary events in Prague.
A documentary about Lazara Crystal's flowers shop daily routine in downtown São Paulo.
Synopsis: "João Viana, the crisis of cinema in one minute."
Fighting death when new life is coming. “There is a strange regularity to the number beings that die when others are expected to be born.”
An old building in Beirut becomes a complex protagonist with a private life of its own...
Alouate, born in Tangier in 1996, lives on the streets since the age of ten...
In the beginning the idea was to make something from nothing, in a neutral and unknown place. Collect images and sounds instead of producing them.
There should be silence in a museum. And someone should see to it that the silence is there. It’s the logical order of things. However, it might seem weird to somebody.
Already before Marija is born it is clear that she will be a person getting into trouble all the time. However, that’s not all. The most important thing is that she is often alongside firemen. Is it because things around her catch fire?
Maria decides to go for a swim in the pool even though it looks deserted and she’s warned that the water is cold. When she gets into the pool she is faced with not only the frigid water, but with her other feelings as well. Like fear.
The city is a frenetic place, and a reason is needed for asking the people to stop for a moment and stand in front of the movie camera.
"The Linen" is a silent dissertation on the daily life of a truck driver who delivers clean linens to a children's hospital. He unloads the sheets and divides them up among the wards, where small, gripping dramas of life and death are unfolding. And every day it's the same story.
I remember him as two dads. One was with us and played the piano, drew, sang, made people laugh. But there was another dad as well. Who found it hard to look people in the eyes.
Who was scared of something. Erik Bäfving
This short, Oscar award-winning, film was shot in the glass factories of Leerdam and Schiedam and demonstrates how glass blowers do their work.
A perfect, fast and hilarious montage. Using images from Amsterdam Zoo, Bert Haanstra shows that a couple of similarities can be discovered between man and animal.
Bert Haanstra in this short film gives his vision - from the water – of a tranquil Holland.
This animated short by Theodore Ushev is like a whirlwind tour of Russian constructivist art and is filled with visual references to artists of the era, including Vertov, Stenberg, Rodchenko, Lissitsky and Popova.
Built around an intimate interview with the acclaimed Canadian dancer and choreographer, Peggy Baker Four Phrases is an artful animation and documentary hybrid that travels through a variety of techniques to celebrate Baker's work and legacy.
This short film from Arthur Lipsett is an abstract succession of unrelated views of the passing crowd. A commentary on a machine-dominated society, it is often cited as an influence on George Lucas's Star Wars and his conceptualization of "The Force."
An experimental film from Arthur Lipsett, Free Fall is an assortment of film trimmings assembled to make a wry comment on humankind in today’s world. It evokes a surrealist dream of our fall from grace into banality.
From Arthur Lipsett (Very Nice, Very Nice and 21-87), another incisive short film that looks at human might, majesty and mayhem.
In this short film from the Canada Vignettes series, historical events are depicted through simulated 1878 news broadcasts.
This documentary short is the first film made by an all-Aboriginal film crew, training under the NFB's Challenge for Change Program.
Watching the wheels.
A ferry makes its way through the ice floating in the wintery Baltic Sea.
Women statues, human columns, the Caryatids of Paris...
Film footage in black and white and colour of some of the best table tennis players in the world has been roughly assembled with no apparent attempt to present clear sequences from matches...
Mr. Marek is appearing before a committee of successful entrepreneurs. During the televised presentation he is overcome by stage-fright and can only muster a few incoherent sentences...
A 1967 short film by Jørgen Leth lasting 12 minutes. It depicts a man and a woman, both labelled 'the perfect human' in a detached manner, "functioning" in a white boundless room, as though they were subjects in a zoo...
A lyric journal in which spaces like to hide behind surfaces, but the surface always moves back or even takes flight...
A documentary about social justice The Labour of Pedicab Driver...
Have you ever wondered what it is to live with a lead helmet on your head?
As a small user guide of tortures for domestic use, this film-pamphlet presents to you the ABC stages of torture and all its forms...
In movement, you control your life, you're free to come and go, to have gestures... So when you are deprived of the ability to move, as I am...
Filmed in the former clandestine centres for detention, torture and extermination El Olimpo and Automotores Orletti in October, 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina...
The video quadro (italian for square, picture, frame) is a film portrait of a monumental 1960s apartment block built in the italian coastal city of trieste...
Stromboli appears briefly, as though lifted by a flash from out of the darkness into which it once again disappears...
Everything is transparent, everything is structured: The scaffolding is echoed in the pictures frame, which rolls across the screen in a way similar to a poor film projection, offsetting the illusion of movement...
Each beat has its own speed, each tempo suggests certain images: Timo Novotny's video for Richard Dorfmeisters Sofa Surfers remix, which was shot in Japan on Super-8 film, begins with an aerial view of a construction site and a crane...
A timelapsed camerashot (24 hours timecircle compressed to 4 minutes) shows the daily life in Europe's smallest bar...
An ode to the Semper Depot in Vienna, which was built in the late 19th century as a storage space for backdrops used at the court opera and theater...
This unpretentiousness of this videos title is equals the simplicity of its underlying structure...
An exhilarating dance of spots of color and traces of wear and decomposition. The abstract earth-colored texture is reminiscent of Stan Brakhages work...
What is the human body able to sustain when subjected to devices that record sounds and images? And what can be done with the human body when it tends to evade the representational codes of these devices?
The Lovers is the second part of a small trilogy, dealing with the extinction of memories...
A white field dominates the picture, which is bordered by narrow black lines. Slowly an image of a fruit basket moves up from below...
When filmmakers use existing footage as a raw material for their work and subject it to, for example, physical and chemical processes, the original material’s narrative remnants resist deformation and abstraction, thereby producing a new subtext.
The raw material used in Blow-up comprises two shots from an old educational film about first aid...
All that film is can be reduced to two elements: light and (proportionately structured) movement. And there are many possible answers to the question of what light and proportionate movement are...
The first film of cinematographic history shows workers leaving a factory. Over a hundred years later Siegfried A. Fruhauf has made a fourth version of the film...
Fruhauf, whose earlier works were also made as a kind of "handicraft", succeeded in embedding a paradigm switch in his homage to film art...
The film as a mirror and, as a further consequence, the phenomenon of identification primarily inherent in feature films, condense to a type of essence of film's potential...
Translated literally "exposed" means "to make something visible" or "uncovered". In photography it means to subject photographic film to light...
Ground Control is a rough video miniature. It begins with the simplest and most fundamental thing the electronic moving-image machine has to offer...
Blurred silhouettes, where otherwise big stars stroll, gray streaks where glamour normally reigns, iconoclasm where strict attention is usually paid to visual staging...
Experimental short film in three parts:
1. The dancing crane
2. My window to the courtyard
3. The parapet
home.movie is an extremely mobile film. The camera pans, scans, jolts and races through Martin Bruchs apartment, never standing still for a moment, and every shot is a pan or tracking shot...
...a ko.incidental meeting with a fountain in the city of aarau (switzerland)
(shot, taken-like always-without purpose or plan)...
people (like in works of the romantic painter caspar david friedrich (1774-1840))
observes in silence
the demolition of a building in the centre of the city of leipzig...
a ko.incidental walk through omonoia, the central square of athens,
four days before the national parliament elections of 2007...
In the modern city there is no place for a small booth with lottery. It has to be demolished together with the close relations between its regular customers.
Two people have a date in a restaurant: a quite regular situation but for them - a very special moment.
A story based on the same motifs as the book of the same name by Dutch psychologist and author, Jens Sigsgaard...
Film presents a multiple portrait of Czech actor Oldřich Kaiser...
The atmosphere on the streets of Prague during the period 29. 12. - 31. 12. 1989 - the first election of Vaclav Havel as President...
Approximately 250 photographs by Roman Sejkot of a mentally handicapped swimmer which are wonderfully animated by the film's director...
In this playful experimental film, documentary maker and animator Pavel Koutecký captures Prague during campaigning for the first free elections in 1990.
A film about a teenage boy, his father’s suicide and the emotional vacuum that occurred after wards...
Seven documentary films by eight young directors, Palestinian and Israeli, reflecting the complexity of life in Jerusalem, in the context of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. They courageously confront the delicate and charged issues and present personal and political points of view about the reality in Jerusalem today.
Seven documentary films by eight young directors, Palestinian and Israeli, reflecting the complexity of life in Jerusalem, in the context of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. They courageously confront the delicate and charged issues and present personal and political points of view about the reality in Jerusalem today.
Blind children invite us for a journey to their world of sensibility and imagination. Using the sense of touch they try to tell, what is on the picture.
One of the main thrusts behind the making of the film is an attempt to return to the time of childhood, vacation, and hot summer.
The director’s Italian mother remembers how she followed her Greek husband to Athens in the 1970s.
In August 2006, the monsoon hit the Indian province of Rajasthan like a flood. It rained without a break for 25 days...
The director uses the word tramping to describe his reportage from a journey where he set out without food, money or clothing, only with his camera and with the goal of finding out if he could survive.
In the first Czech documentary filmed in 3D, the inhabitants of a village in northern Moravia were given the chance to send a message into space that would show how they live today.
Film about searching maternal instinct under the microscope.
A story about a man who suffers from guilt, because he tried to engage youth in some form of occult forces but turned against him.
Memories are all I have left of him.
The body of a beast changing. Real or nightmarish images of the own body.
This life is lost in dust / day by day the blossoms fall / year by year the people go / cold mountain trail never ends / even now you do not know? The reality is asking the shadow.
Point of origin of the film are documentary and semidocumentary film footages of people reading in the trams of Prague.
“Not to Go and not to Stay” is a short film about an inner conflict of enforced voyage or migration, the simultaneaous and interfering wish to stay in a place as well as to leave it.
Václav Klaus in the role of harvester driver.
A film study in which the symbol of flight which contradicts human limitations inspires an emotional rhythm of scenes varying along three lines.
A romantically charged cinematic poem capturing the mood in Budapest in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in a work inspired by avant-garde films of the 1920s and directors such as Walter Ruttman and Dziga Vertov.
The film is about Uzupis, a part of Vilnius old town. The film depicts the atmosphere of decaying part of the town and reveals the anticipation of something about to happen. May be, a new flight of Icarus.
A delicate narration of Mrs Simon who has been corresponding all her life with Agatha Christie. It was her means of escape from the iron hand of her husband to candy.
A situational dialogue of actresses in a studio. Reading the last speech of Milada Horáková in front of the court, they try to understand her as a woman and a mother.
Klára has decided to become a nun and her journey to serve God is recounted by her sister...
"Flight over Lithuania" is a legendary film by A. Stonys and A. Matelis, which won honors as No. 4 of the Top 10 at the international exhibition EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany as one of the best films, demonstrated at the exhibition.
The film seeks to convey the senselessness and beauty of his daily life.
Watch a BONUS chapter from the film Cooking History for FREE. A story of Serbian army cook Novic Stankovič – Šapoň who baked the biggest Pljeskavica in the world and died as a volunteer in the war in Kosovo in 1999.
Eberswalde, Germany - Just outside of Berlin, Karl Szmolinsky is contacted by the North Korean government to send his "German Giants" to Pyong Yang. What happens next is beyond his wildest imagination.
The film Our Daily Bread takes place in the slums and captures a day in the life of one family that makes a living collecting garbage in the streets. Poverty is the highest degree of futility, the consummate absence of freedom.
Fooling around with the words stolen from J. F. Lyotard’s Return upon the Return and with a commentary about different communication. Conviction that words are far away from their meanings.
The winning film at the Oberhausen short film festival, Rugby Boyz presents a disturbing and compressed portrait of life in a poor neighbourhood in a Philippine town, where among the shacks the only source of entertainment for children is karaoke, rugby, and sniffing paint thinner.
A film poem. A minimalist reflection on whether inner states are transferable by the film medium.
Portrait of a Wedding Day (Detail)
Dawn. The black figures appearing in the brushwood. They seem to be working. The sound of cracking branches, after a while we notice the movement of hatchets.
As the camera looks out through a barred window and the clock strikes four in a Swiss city, the death of Yasser Arafat provides the starting point for a journey back in time.
Mother and daughter in a stylize portrait, which takes place in the clean family swimming pool.
The perception of an Anglo-American hotel room is coloured by new revelations about 'The War on Terror' and 'The Special Relationship' that exists between Britain and the USA.
A disorientating experience while attempting to watch the TV news in an Irish hotel room triggers a spontaneous response to the bombing of Afghanistan.
While the Iraq war continues, a day's sightseeing and the features of a German hotel provoke a stream of thoughts about events large and small.
The filmmaker returns to the city where he made the first video in the series and looks back at the events of the past six years.
Hand-drawn animation is not the art of moving pictures, but rather the art of drawn movements, claimed the experimental filmmaker Norman McLaren.
Based on the early avantgarde film Bezúčelná procházka (Aimless Walk) by the czech filmmaker Alexandr Hackenschmid the film describes a circle walk around the city of Prague at night time.
Allegory of todays era, relations between man and woman...sentiment into human soul who is looking for love in this world of evil...
Stage-managed and manipulative picture is a view into a static existence of a village alcoholic trying to cope with a text from the parish priest...
director Milan Balog / Slovakia 2004 / 8´/ Between the Seas /
Chicken are everywhere! Short film on production and appearance of chicken and filmmakers in Slovakia.
This monstrous film by Richard Brouillette is based upon analyses by a number of intellectuals such as Ignacio Ramonet or Noam Chomsky. It describes, in curt black and white images, current world events in relation to various principles of the ruling neoliberalism and examines mechanisms used to maintain its
Czech documentarist Martin Mareček is mapping the activities of the organization Auto*Mat he had founded.
The video Blossoms of Fertilization represents a map for the orientation in the chaos of thoughts. It is a fragment of a diary filmed on my cell phone while travelling.
A love triangle between plastic bags.
World peace, disarmament and re-armament are hackneyed phrases, and the images we see on television and in the paper are hackneyed images. It was with this in mind that I set out – with more than a little delight – to drag the long worn-out images of the Geneva summit between Reagan and Gorbachev into the spotlight once again.
What is it like to employ the exceptional long-term observational method brought to the world by internationally renowned Czech director Helena Třeštíková? What is the basis of the successes and pitfalls of following the individual life stories of seemingly common people for even dozens of years?
A filmmaker’s inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures,
interconnecting people, places and times.
Ester Krumbachová – an artist, screenwriter, director, one of the most important names of the Czech New Wave. She worked for the theatre, wrote, illustrated. She was in the middle of the artistic life in Prague in the sixties...
The last supper has been given to prisoners facing the death penalty as long as the punishment has existed. The tradition stems from funeral rites where the deceased person was given food on his deathbed to protect him on his journey to the afterlife. Today, the ritual of giving the last supper to the condemned person has been detached from its origin, and can be perceived to be as absurd as the punishment it accompanies...
Crop is an absorbing account of the Egyptian revolution of 2011 – one that includes no images of the popular uprising itself. Filmed entirely within the offices of Al-Ahram, the country’s largest state-run newspaper, the film is a series of carefully composed tableaux that expose the institution’s functioning and the former regime’s strict control over information.
Harun Farocki tracks the individual steps in the manufacture and use of bricks in Africa, India and Europe, comparing different traditions. Instead of using a commentary, he allows the images to speak, working with the color, movement and sound of bricks, which symbolize the basic building block of social relationships and economic structures.
A portrait of The Netherlands and the Dutch. With the aid of a hidden camera Haanstra observes people in the most diverse situations and shows the unusual in the usual and reverse.
A documentary film about army cooks and how the everyday needs of thousands of armed stomachs affect the victories and defeats of statesmen.
Only a moment ago, 19-year-old medical student Ludmilla Cervanova had smiled into the camera. Her body was found in a river in a small Slovak town in 1976. Seven men were responsible for the horrifying rape and death of the girl. Fortunately, the perpetrators were apprehended and condemned. But though Ludmilla was drowned alive, oddly enough no signs of violence could be found on the body...
From his apartment window in St. Petersburg, filmmaker Victor Kossakowsky has made a documentary, which he himself describes as a comedy. During one year of endless repairs for the 300th anniversary of the city, he filmed a few square meters of a St. Petersburg street...
Victor Kossakovsky introduced himself in the role of a lecturer on January 23 in Světozor Cinema. He introduced his film work, selecting important moments he commented on, and explained how he approaches the film documentary not only from the position of a director but also from the perspective of a screenwriter, cameraman and editor.
Musical-documentary-tragedy about a member of an elite unit of the Israeli army...
Thomas A Østbye is a distinctive voice among Norwegian directors. He is known for combining artistic reflections on the documentary genre with contemporary political dilemmas. He made his mark with formally challenging documentaries such as Imagining Emanuel, HUMAN, and In Your Dreams, which have received numerous art and film awards...
Story (FID 2003) and Cosmonaut Polyakov (FID 2007) were the first two parts of a trilogy concluded by this new film.
Godfrey Reggio’s task will be to provoke those present to consider the most misunderstood and consequential subject of the last 5,000 years: the Technological Environment. Technology is not something we use; it is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. Though seeing, we are blind to its presence, hidden in plain sight...
This film, made over a period of five years, documents the life of strongly religious people living in the Danube Delta region of Romania.
Marian Kuffa is a priest in a small village of Zakovce in Slovakia. At his presbytery he cares for the homeless, former prisoners, boys and girls from orphanages, the handicapped and abused mothers with children. Altogether, the priest has hosted almost two hundred people. Some die, some are born, people come and go...
A Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Rather than telling stories, her films pose a series of issues – and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked...
Film director, screenwriter and an actor whose films are usually associated with the Third Cinema movement and with the criticism of Neo-colonialism. Kidlat Tahimik is one of the most acclaimed Philippine filmmakers, a laureate of the “Plaridel honorarium for Independent Cinema”, whom many of his colleagues and film critics call the “father of Philippine independent cinema”...
20 years of a life spent mainly in prisons. A man who starts over again and again, fails, becomes a writer and keeps challenging the director constantly.
Master Class of Peter Tscherkassky starts with the screening of Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine, premiered at Cannes IFF as part of the independent section, Quinzaine des réalisateurs. The Master Class itself focuses on an analysis of this film...
Returning to the beaches which have been parts of her life, Agnès Varda invents a kind of self-portrait-documentary...
In her feature documentary Syrian director Liwaa Yazji explores what it means to set off in a war. She meets friends and people previously unknown to her at their homes. Domiciles where they live now or where they yet live. Spaces that turned into a sought-after commodity.
Pavel Abrahám’s football documentary offers 22 diff erent viewpoints of who is watching.
It is all very uncomplicated. Anna Feodorovna Belova lives in a small village. She is twice a widow and now lives together with her brother Michail Feodorovich. Sometimes two other brothers, Vasily and Sergei Feodorovich come to visit them...
Where? The Baumettes prison in Marseille. More precisely, the medical and psychological unit, where women psychiatrists have deliberately chosen to work.
A big cinema documentary about water being for Dutch people both a place of work and pleasure, and a source of threat and misery.
The hero of Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine is easy to identify. Walking down the street unknowingly, he suddenly realizes that he is not only subject to the gruesome moods of several spectators but also at the mercy of the filmmaker...
In Rembrandt, Haanstra shows that it is possible to make a fascinating film, only with images from paintings.
After the "Velvet Revolution" of 1989, a number of previously taboo subjects opened up to Czech documentary filmmaking. One of these was the theme of the post-war resettlement of the Sudeten Germans from Czechoslovakia...
Scratched film stock that reminds us that film remains in a state of birth, a shocking poem of physical suffering and the danger of organized violence that can be denied by a cynical but free gesture.
Szirtes's masterful experimental work is a dazzling composition of several years of filming within an industrial macro/microcosm, an abstract model of revolution and the beauty of daybreak.
Film journals are constantly being made and edited and end in death - Szirtes's intimate social journals are an epic, multi-layered system, a remarkable reflection of an individual and of contemporary mores.
This feature-length documentary is the unrehearsed story of what happened when old-timers from Île-aux-Coudres, a small island in the St. Lawrence River, were persuaded to revive a local whale-catching practice.
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