ji.hlava special sections-featured

The 24th programme of Ji.hlava IDFF will offer classical and experimental documentary alongside a themed retrospective and off-competition sections. Here, Ji.hlava, running 27 October – 1 November 2020, has announced its special sections.

For 2020, these special sections cover a variety of topics and presentations. Amongst them will be a look into the speed end of humankind featuring Jóhann Jóhannsson’s sci-fi poem Last and First Man. There will also be festival retrospectives focused on Poland, as well as on the phenomenon of gardens. Additionally, Ji.hlava «best of fests» section Constellations returns along with the intimate Testimonies section. Finally, the 2020 music film section will include a focus on female creativity with its Siren Test programme, as well as a variety of outdoor sunset concerts.

Find all the film’s presented below and read more on the Ji.hlava IDFF 2020 special sections – HERE

Special Event

Last and First Men (Jóhann Jóhannsson, Iceland, 2019)
Five Hundred Plateaus (Andrea Slováková, Czech Republic, 2020)


I Walk (Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 2019)
Epicentro (Hubert Sauper, Austria, France, USA, 2019)
Merry Christmas, Yiwu (Mladen Kovačević, Sweden, Serbia, France, Germany, Belgium, Qatar, 2020)
The Truffle Hunters (Michael Dweck, Italy, USA, Greece, 2020 )
The Foundation Pit (Andrey Gryazev, Russia, 2020)
Bulletproof (Todd Chandler, USA 2020)
Microcassette – The Smallest Cassette I’ve Ever Seen (Igor Bezinović, Ivana Pipal, Croatia, Serbia, 2020)
The First Bridge (Laila Pakalnina  Lithuania, 2020)
Me and the Cult Leader – A Modern Report on the Banality of Evil (Atsushi Sakahara, Japan, 2020,)
The Wall of Shadows (Eliza Kubarská, Germany, Poland, 2020)


The Jump (Giedre Zickyte, Latvia, Lithuania, France, 2020)
Homecoming – Marina Abramovic and Her Children (Boris Miljković, Serbia, 2020)

Conference Fascinations: Poland

My city (Wojciech Has, 1950)
There and Here (Andrzej Pawłowski, 1957)
Article Zero (Wlodzimierz Borowik, 1957)
The Musicians (Kazimierz Karabasz, 1960)
My Street (Danuta Halladin, 1965)
Pavement (Ryszard Waśko, 1972)
A Square (Zbigniew Rybczyński, 1972)
ABC (Janusz Polom, 1974)
Video C (Pawel Kwiek, 1975)
A Cube of Sugar (Jacek Blawut, 1986)
Kineforms (Andrzej Pawlowski, 1957)
Somnambulists (Mieczyslaw Waśkowski, 1957)
Erotique (Jerzy Skolimovski, 1960)
Sweet Rhythms (Kazimierz Urbański, 1965)
System I-VI (Ryszard Waśko, 1973)
My Film (Józef Robakowski, 1974)
Text Door (Wojciech Bruszewski, 1974)
Input output (Wojciech Bruszewski, 1977)
A New Book (Zbigniew Rybczyński, 1975)
Video A (Pawel Kwiek, 1974)
Exercises for Two Hands (Józef Robakowski, 1976)
Working Women (Piotr Szulkin, 1978)

Fascinations: Garden

Film Studies of Impatiens, Vetch, Tulip, Mimosa, and Desmodium (Wilhelm Pfeffer, Germany, 1900)
Poem 8 (Emlen Etting, USA, 1932)
Neighbours (Norman MacLaren, Canada, 1952)
Mothlight (Stan Brakhage, USA, 1963)
Easyout (Pat O’Neill, USA, 1971)
There is a garden in my head (Jacques Verbeek, Karin Wiertz, Netherlands, 1987)
Our Garden (Martin Čihák, Jan Daňhel, Czech Republic, 1993)
Lilium (Karø Goldt, Austria, 2002)
Wax Experiments (Oscar Fischinger, Germany, 1921-26)
Bloeiende bloemen en plantenbewegingen (J.C. Mol, Netherlands, 1932)
3/60 Trees in autumn (Kurt Kren, Austria, 1960)
Carol (Ed Emshwiller, USA, 1970)
Selected Treecuts (Steina Vasulka, USA, 1980)
Ma: Space/Time in the Garden of Ryoan-Ji (Takahiko Iimura, Japan, 1989)
Biostructures (Alice Růžičková, Czech Republic , 1998)
Dendromité (Karine Bonneval, France, 2017)

Siren Test

Lydia Lunch – The War Is Never Over (Beth B., USA, 2019)
Sisters With Transistors (Lisa Rovner, Great Britain, 2020)

Featured Image: Last and First Men, a film by Jóhann Jóhannsson