The Ji.hlava Documentary Festival awarded the films Brotherhood and Lines


Updates: 30.10.2021 21:12

Jihlava – The best Czech documentary of the 25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava today was the film Brotherhood. In the Czech Joy section, he succeeded in competing with another 18 films. In the Opus Bonum section, in which 16 world documentaries competed, the jury was most convinced by the Slovak film The Line by director Barbora Sliepková. The awards were a robot-created image depicting the emotional look of former US President Donald Trump’s twitter account. In the coming years, according to festival director Marek Hovorka, it should be a direct image of the winning film.

The author of the award is the Czech-Argentine artist Federico Díaz. He created a neural network that examines text in terms of emotions. “Federico Díaz and his artificial intelligence will make the award-winning films their own emotional record in the future. Díaz examines emotions precisely because they were created before speech was made and because they are something we all have in common, no matter what language we speak. more universal, “said Hovorka.

The awards were handed out during today’s closing evening, which was performed by documentary filmmaker Jan Strejcovský and actress Anita Krausová. The award for her contribution to world cinema was won by the 68-year-old filmmaker Jana Ševčíková, who is finishing her eighth film. According to Hovorka, she never looked at the number of films she would present to the audience, but at their quality. Her work excels in exceptional empathy and deep authenticity, of the Hovorka rivers.

The director of the documentary Brotherhood is Francesco Montagner. In his film, he tells the story of Bosnian brothers growing up in the strict rules of Islam and looking for their own path among adult men.

The documentary also won the award for the best camera for cinematographer Prokop Souček at the festival in the Czech Joy section, which is intended for Czech films and films with Czech production.

The black-and-white film Line offered a look into the bustle of contemporary Bratislava. Thanks to the intimate confessions of the protagonists, he presented the audience with a picture of personal and community life in the city. Its director also won the award for best debut.

Last year, the Jihlava Documentary Film Festival took place only in an online environment due to coronavirus. This year, despite continuing anti-epidemic restrictions, it has returned to cinemas, but will not leave the online world. From Sunday 18:00, it will virtually offer more than 100 films from this year for two weeks. “Viewers will be able to watch not only most of the winning films, but also the most interesting things this year’s Ji.hlava has to offer,” said festival spokeswoman Zuzana Kopáčová. Existing accreditations apply to the online festival, but it will also be possible to purchase accreditation exclusively for watching films online. Live streams will also be available, the first with the director of Gorbachev. Paradise by Vitaly Mansky will be on Sunday from 20:00.

Over 300 films from 68 countries were screened at the festival, and 120 documentaries were included in one of the six competition sections. In addition to the jurors, the prizes were also decided by the spectators. Their award went to the film Heaven by creators Adéla Špaljová and Tomáš Etzler.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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