Dok.revue Is Celebrating 10 Years!

This year, dok.revue is marking its first round anniversary – it has been ten years since its first issue saw the light of the day.

Illustration: Michaela Kukovičová

On this occasion, Jihlava IDFF’s has completely revamped its festival daily. Every morning, the on-line will feature a thematic essay followed by an afternoon interview and hourly posts reflecting on the events of the 19th annual Jihlava IDFF that will remain in the vaults of for eternity.

The Jihlava IDFF, or more precisely one of its programme sections, has inspired Katarína Petrtýlová from the Institute of Sociological Studies of Charles University to focus on the relationship between terrorism and media.

Why did people mourn the death of IT genius Steve Jobs? This and other questions are discussed by documentarian Bára Kopecká, psychologist and personal coach Martin Sedláček, and successful founder of a Czech start-up for on-line search of cheap flights, Oliver Dlouhý in the situational review of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.

Our interview with the “chameleon of Czech cinema”, script editor and director Jan Gogola jr. will invite you to explore the world’s monuments and the mysteries of the history of the now in his latest film. His film project Excursions, or the History of the Now, is an interactive essay about symbolical places attached to European history, deliberately challenging the ingrained perception of the captured monuments through an in-depth reflection of their possible meanings and implications, the playfulness and the personal approach of the protagonists. Among other topics, the interview addresses the question of whether excursions can be considered performances and why we are unable to admit that the collocation “documentary film” is, in fact, nonsense.

Another of dok.revue’s traditional sections will this time feature an excerpt from an experimental film by UK’s artist Sarah Wood entitled I Am a Spy focusing on the phenomenon of death, reflecting on the world from various eternal perspectives. In his masterclass, the author of the festival spot, Godfrey Reggio, will venture on a journey into the pulsating regions of the unknown, providing the audience with thought-provoking insights into one of the most relevant, but commonly misconceived topics of the past five millenniums – the coexistence of people and technology.

Documentarians Robert Kirchhoff and Filip Remunda travelled all the way to America to shoot a film about three ageing jazzmen – Laco Deczi, Ján Janekej and Ľubomír Tamaškovič – who fled from Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia. The New Release section will reveal why some situations bring up the existential topic of the lightness of being and of death – leading us to the conclusion that “Worldly fame is just a gust of wind.”

October 19, 2015

from current issue:

New releaseOn Adultery as Mirror of Our Own SelvesBarbora Jíchová Tyson, a visual artist, who has been living in America for seventeen years, has finished her first feature film Talking About Adultery this year. According to the author, the film is an essayistic collage and represents a perspective on humanity, which holds the mirror up to us all.Barbora Jíchová TysonNew releaseHavel Speaking, Can You Hear Me?What were the two last years in the life of former dissident, ex-president Václav Havel like? How did he reflect on the fact that he was gradually leaving this world? Documentarian Petr Jančárek talks about his upcoming documentary film capturing the final stretch of Havel’s, life, the rough cut of which was shown at the Ji.hlava IDFF in the Studio 89 section marking this year’s anniversary of the so-called Velvet Revolution.Petr JančárekThemeEmerging Czech female documentariansIs there a new tide of emerging female documentarians in Czech cinema? What’s fascinating about the work of Czech female filmmakers like Johana Ožvold, Greta Stocklassa or Viera Čákany?Will TizardSportHow to Teach Documentary FilmmakingThis year’s Ji.hlava IDFF offered a panel discussion on how documentary filmmaking is taught in Visegrad countries. Methods used to teach documentary filmmaking in different V4 countries were discussed by lecturers from selected schools. Vít Janeček introduced documentary courses at Prague’s FAMU, Attila Kékesi represented Hungarian University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Viera Čákanyová talked about study programmes at Slovak Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava – VSMU, and Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz discussed documentary education at National Film School in Lodz. What emerged from their fruitful discussion? Vít Janeček, Kamila Boháčková, Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, Attila Kékesi, Peter KerekesPoemThe reanimation of Mr. PuiuKhavn De La CruzReviewA Place to Take a BreathThe film journalist Janis Prášil compares two documentary portraits of this year – Forman vs. Forman and Jiří Suchý: Tackling Life with Ease on his blog.Janis PrášilReview Music as a Lag Between Death and InfinityJanis Prášil ruminates on Solo – this year´s winner of Ji.hlava Czech Joy section – which comes to cinemas. Did the picture succeed in depicting the inner world, so hard to portray, of a mentally ill musician? And what if it is the illness itself which enables people to take a look into the grievous core of being?Janis PrášilReviewOn Sounds by ImageThe film journalist Antonín Tesař writes about the new film The Sound Is Innocent directed by Johana Ožvold.Antonín TesařInterviewGreta Stoklassa: I Read Rather than Preach the RealityAn interview with the director Greta StoklassaKamila BoháčkováInterviewTo Surprise MyselfWhile the main competition at the International Karlovy Vary Film Festival does not feature any Czech title, the festival’s documentary section has one Czech film to offer: A documentary road movie by Martin Mareček entitled Over the Hills exploring the relationship between a father and a son, as well as the distance that separates us from others. Unlike his previous socially engaged films, the latest title provides a personal and intimate insight. But as Martin Mareček put it in his interview for dok.revue – what is intimate is universal. Marek Hovorka, Petr Kubica, Kamila BoháčkováInterviewKarel Vachek: Films Just Have to Make You Laugh!One of the most original Czech filmmakers Karel Vachek made his ninth film novel called Communism and the Net or the End of Representative Democracy. Fifty years after Prague Spring and thirty years after the Velvet Revolution, Karel Vachek “with his inner laughter” looks back on the evolution of our society and predicts a transformation to direct democracy based on the possibilities of the internet that will allow for the engagement of the whole mankind without the need of representatives. His film Communism will be screened at the beginning of next year at the International Film festival Rotterdam.Kamila BoháčkováIntroductionCzech docs of the year 2019Welcome at the English double issue of dok.revue 2019. This winter issue looks back upon the Czech documentary scene in the year 2019 and serves as an annual book of the most (internationally) interesting Czech documentaries and articles about them at dok.revue.Kamila Boháčkovávideo dok.revueMasterclass: Sergej Dvorcevoj23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival