Ji.hlava announces opening film, masterclasses from Oliver Stone & Vitaly Mansky, and more

The 25th annual Ji.hlava IDFF will open with When Flowers Are Not Silent by Belarusian director Andrei Kutsila. When Flowers Are Not Silent captures the brutal suppression of demonstrations against last year’s rigged presidential election in Belarus. The film is included in the main international competition section Opus Bonum.

Ji.hlava has also announced that The Contribution to World Cinema Award will be presented to the prominent Czech filmmaker Jana Ševčíková. Her films were shown at festivals in Berlin, Rotterdam, Paris, Nyon and Leipzig, among others, and screened at MOMA or the Harvard University in the USA. And she was also always present at Ji.hlava where she won the Audience Award for The Rite of Spring (2002).

Furthermore, Ji.hlava will host several masterclasees. The first comes from Hollywood director Oliver Stone – the three-time Oscar winner, who presented his new film JFK Revisited at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Among other things, he will talk about his new film, in which he goes back not only to the assassination of President Kennedy but also to his feature film JFK (1991). Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, whose new film Gorbachev. Heaven will be presented by Ji.hlava in the competition section Testimonies will also introduce his creative approach. Then, the artist group Flatform, whose works can be seen, for example, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as the prominent Czech documentary filmmaker and script editor Jan Gogola Jr. will also talk about their creative methods. Finally, creative duo Ivo Bystřičan (Czech Republic) and Sara Pinheiro (Portugal) will speak about their project Future Landscapes: Expedition into Sound.

Fine more information on the announced Ji.hlava juries and other special programmesHERE

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