The 23rd Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
This respected Czech event presents approximately 100 new and recent features, as well as a robust schedule of retrospective programming.
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF OSCAR PEREZ
The event’s signature competition section is Opus Bonum, which includes work like the collective project FONJA
, about and by juvenile delinquents in a Madagascar detention center learning filmmaking; Romain Champalaune’s THE LIFE AND DEATH OF OSCAR PEREZ
, a portrait of a Venezuelan policeman turned violent anti-government dissident; and Rajula Shah’s AT HOME, WALKING
, a personal meditation on the act of making a pilgrimage.
The First Lights competition, celebrating the work of first-time filmmakers, includes Matilda Mester and Tatjana Kononenko’s THE BUILDING
, about an iconic 1920s constructivist building in Ukraine; Carlos Segundo’s SLITS
, about a quantum physicist nearing in on a breakthrough discovery; Mustafa Emin Büyükcoskun’s SET OFF
, an ode to civilians who lost their lives in the conflict in a Syrian border city; and Natalia Imery Almario’s DOPAMINA
, a personal film about the filmmaker’s coming out to her parents just as they are reckoning with a health emergency.
365 DAYS, ALSO KNOWN AS A YEAR
The Between the Seas competition is for filmmakers from Central and Eastern European, and includes: Margit Lillak’s THE CIRCLE
, about a love triangle that threatens an eco-commune; Dmytro Bondarchuk’s 365 DAYS, ALSO KNOWN AS A YEAR
, an experimental collage of a year’s passage via clips from feature films; Kaspars Roga’s LOOKING FOR MR DICE
, a search for a post-Soviet Union fraudster; and Bogdan Stoica’s THE IRREVERSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF SLIPPING ON A BANANA PEEL
, which follows a woman back to her Romanian hometown to reconcile with her Alzheimer’s suffering mother.
I WANT YOU IF YOU DARE
National cinema takes the spotlight in the Czech Joy competition, which includes Jiří Zykmund’s LOST COAST
, an observational film about the conflict between a lakeside Czech community and state bureaucracy; Filip Remunda’s #SANDRAINUGANDA
, in which an NGO tries to use a social media influencer to engage a younger audience around issues of African poverty; Dagmar Smržová’s I WANT YOU IF YOU DARE
, about the adult desires of a poor, rural disabled young woman; and Zuzana Piussi’s THE STATE CAPTURE
, an investigation of the murders of journalists in an increasingly corrupted Slovakia.
TICKET TO THE MOON
Non-competitive sections include Special Events, such as Karel Vachek’s COMMUNISM AND THE NET OR THE END OF REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY
, an epic six-hour philosophical essay on regimes and revolutions; Studio 89, which revisits 1989’s Velvet Revolution in work like Andrea Sedláčková’s CONSPIRACY 89
, an exploration of conspiracy theories about the end of communism; and Martin Jůza’s CZECH COMMERCIAL: THE RISE OF CAPITALISM
, a look back at how local advertising changed between the end of socialism and the beginning of capitalism in the Czech Republic; and the event’s annual spotlight on Czech Television Documentaries, such as Hana Třeštíková’s MARRIAGE STORIES: NEW GENERATION
, in which the daughter of the series originator profiles a young couple; and Veronika Janatková’s TICKET TO THE MOON
, about some of the individuals who expected to be on the first commercial space flights proposed by Pan Am Airlines.