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

from current issue:

New releaseShooting About KunderaDocumentarian Miloslav Šmídmajer describes the process of making a documentary about Milan Kundera with the working title “Milan Kundera: From the Joke to Insignificance.” Miloslav ŠmídmajerThemeNest in the bedroomPeter Hames, well-known British film historian and author of the book The Czechoslovak New Wave sent his remembrance to Karel Vachek to our magazine.Peter HamesThemeNever stop laughingPaolo Benzi, the Italian film producer and founder of the independent film production company Okta Film, describes for dok.revue how he met famous Czech documentary filmmaker Karel Vachek, who passed away last year. Paolo Benzi is also the main tutor of the Emerging producers in Ji.hlava IDFF.Paolo BenziThemeBehold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightenedIn this English issue of dok.revue we have collected some remembrances to Karel Vachek, the respected Czech documentarist who died in December 2020 at the age of 80. One of the contributors is Olaf Möller, a well-known film theorist and critic collaborating with many renowned film magazines (Film Comment or Sight & Sound), film museums and festivals (e.g. Il Cinema Ritrovato or International Film Festival Rotterdam).Olaf MöllerThemeEvery human being should get to wear comfy shoesThe Czech documentarist Karel Vachek was a chairperson of the jury at Yamagata international documentary film festival (YIDFF) in 2009. The board member of YIDFF and the former director of this festival, Asako Fujioka, has a remembrance of him smoking his pipe and going to the mountains with Japanese poet and filmmaker Yoshimasu Gozo to recite poetry to the skies.Asako FujiokaThemeLike the dog on the beach...American film historian Alice Lovejoy writes her remembrance of Karel Vachek, the remarkable Czech documentarist to whom we dedicate this English issue of dok.revue.Alice LovejoySportPandemic as an opportunityJi.hlava's Emerging Producers discuss the opportunity that can emerge from crisisSteve RickinsonInterviewThe times of lifelong careers are overAn interview with documentarian Jindřich Andrš, whose film A New Shift won the Czech competition section Czech Joy at Ji.hlava IDFF2020.Vojtěch KočárníkInterviewGoing to the Polish Turf with Our Own TeamInterview with documentary filmmakers Filip Remunda and Vít Klusák about their latest joint film project Once Upon a Time in Poland that shows how religion and faith are misused in contemporary Poland for mass manipulation and political purposes. The film‘s Czech premiere was held as part of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2020.Kamila BoháčkováIntroductionDok.revue 1.21This issue is dedicated to the doyen of Czech documentary filmmaking Karel VachekKamila Boháčková