Jihlava IDFF, Day 2

The second day of the festival took off in a daze of an eternal surreal dream, though, was it really surreal?

The first notorious presentation of the film The Seashell and the Clergyman (Germaine Dulac) which took place in the late 1920s was booed by the surrealists themselves. Despite it being a narrative piece with a motif developed by a surrealist. David Čeněk, one of the dramaturges of the Surrealist section, claims that it all comes down your point of view. "If we start from a historical perspective and define what a surrealist film is, then we can consider The Seashell and the Clergyman by Germain Dulac to be the first film of surrealism. If we notice that most of the surrealists do not take the movie for one of their own, then neither can we regard it as one either," he said.

A fitting location was chosen for the screening of the films belonging to the Czech Funeral section. In the Town House, on the second floor, the great Czech thinkers and writers like James Arbes, Alois Jirasek and Karel Čapek journeyed into eternity for a second time. The funerals of important figures in Czech history are rallying moments and moments of collective remembrance, whether the featured films depict a spectacular procession of crowds or a picture of an empty landscape, empty study or a candle burning in an "eternal" flame.

Filip Remund introduced his Ukrainian friends in the afternoon during the screening of Far Near East. They also presented their thoughts on the current situation in Ukraine. The Czech approach to Ukraine was also seen by Máša Aljochinová, who will participate in an open discussion on Friday as part of the Inspiration Forum.

29. 10. 2015

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