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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Authorial reportage about looking for stolen things.
Intimate look into a relationship of two girls. One is a stripper and the other has a problem with it.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)...
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