Ji.hlava unveils its full programme
by Vladan Petkovic
- The 22nd edition of Central Europe's most prominent documentary event will feature 327 films, including 100 world, 23 international and 17 European premieres
The 22nd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (25-30 October) has announced its full programme. A total of 327 films will be shown across 11 competitions and 12 non-competitive sections, including no fewer than 100 world, 23 international and 17 European premieres.
The festival's most prestigious competition, Opus Bonum, consists of 17 feature- and mid-length films, out of which 13 are European, including Vacancy by Belgium's Alexandra Kandy Longuet, Western, Family and Communism by France's Laurent Krief, Talks with T.G. Masaryk by Slovakia's Jakub Červenka, Until Porn Do Us Part by Portugal's Jorge Pelicano, Backstage Action by Belgium's Sanaz Azari and the Peruvian-Portuguese co-production Expectant by Farid Rodriguez Rivero. For the full list, click here.
In Between the Seas, a competition for Central and Eastern European films, there are 15 titles, including the French-Indian-US co-production The End and the Means by Polish-born Paweł Wojtasik, Alexander Belinski and Agne Dovydaityte's The Sun Sets in the East (Lithuania), Tomáš Krupa's The Good Death (France/Czech Republic/Austria/Slovakia), Marek Kuboš's The Last Self-portrait (Slovakia), Simon Mozgovyi's The Winter Garden's Tale (Ukraine) and Lukas Marxt's Victoria (Austria). For the full list, click here.
In the First Light section, for debut feature-length films, among 11 titles, five are European: Isaac Stillwell's #3511 (Poland/Germany/Belgium/France/Australia), the German-Czech co-production Boy of War by Cyprien Clément-Delmas and Igor Kosenko, Felipe Rugeles' Double Me (Spain/Colombia), Anna Kryvenko's Slovak-Latvian-Czech co-production My Unknown Soldier and Rebekka Kaufmann's We Own the Crisis (Germany/Greece). For the full list, click here.
Three sections established last year, A Testimony on Politics, on Nature, and on Knowledge, comprise the most significant documentaries dealing with these respective topics, and the vast majority, 18 titles, are European productions or co-productions. Among them are well-known films such as The Waldheim Waltz [+see also:
interview: Ruth Beckermann
film profile], Weapon of Choice [+see also:
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interview: Anna de Manincor
film profile] and Becoming Animal [+see also:
film profile], but there will also be the world premieres of Rohan and Gorav Kalyan's Badiou (France/USA), Sue-Alice Okukubo and Eduard Zorzenoni's Near and Elsewhere, and Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström's The Climate Experiment (Morocco/Norway/USA/France/China/Sweden).
The full list of sections and films can be found here, and the Special Event sidebar looks set to present a selection of this year's greatest hits, featuring the new movies by Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog, Vitaly Mansky, Viktor Kossakovsky, Wim Wenders, Amos Gitai, Albert Serra and Emir Kusturica.
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