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FILM INDUSTRY NEWSLETTER - JIHLAVA 2009

Festivals 2009-10-12

Institute of Documentary Film
and Jihlava IDFF
October 27 - November 1, 2009, Czech Republic

EAST EUROPEAN FORUM - Nine projects selected for East European Forum


Forum and Ex Oriente Film 3rd workshop - October 27 - 30, 2009
East European Forum - public pitching session - October 31 - Nov 1, 2009

Out of 84 applications, the Institute of Documentary Film has selected nine documentary projects for the upcoming East European Forum. Czech documentary film will be represented by two projects. Karel Vachek's The Obscurantist and His Lineage explores the thin line between rationality and lunacy among UFO experts, dowsers and other mystery seekers; the Czech-Icelandic Iceland: A Bankrupt Nation portrays a country that used to rank among the richest in the world but now faces the economic crisis and disillusionment.

The selections also include Leaping Over the Dragon's Gate, a Finnish film capturing China's fascinating art scene and two Hungarian projects. The Glass Cage follows the story of two WWII heroes who were able to save tens of thousands of Jewish residents in Budapest. Gyula Nemes's Recycling identifies the cycle of consumption as the primary connection among people today.

At the East European Forum in Jihlava, the nine selected projects will join 14 projects developed by the participants of the year-long Ex Oriente Film workshop.

For complete information on this year's East European Forum, please click HERE.

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EAST SILVER Doc Market - Finish breakfast, Meetings and Informal Dinners
Jihlava, Czech Republic, October 27 - November 1, 2009

The last of three East Silver Breakfasts will host Jihlava's Finnish delegation of directors and producers on Sunday November 1st. Guests include Timo Humaloja, producer and director of Kinovid Productions, Jari Kokko of Karlik Films, Kirsi Mattila of Leino & Suvinen Production Inc., Markku Niska Navy Blue Bird Inc., and several others. Representatives of the Dokumenttikilta - The Finnish Documentary Guild, will also be present to provide information about the Finnish documentary industry. New projects from guest filmmakers and opportunities for co-productions between Finland and Eastern European countries will also be discussed.

Sunday November 1st, 2009 / 9.00 - 10.00 at Secondary Graphic Art School

East Silver Market will organize one-to-one meetings between Czech filmmakers, as well as producers and director with films included in the 2009 edition of the East Silver Market, and respective industry delegates such as distributors and buyers who will be present in Jihlava. Meetings will provide next-step information to filmmakers. The inseparable part of networking activities are East Silver dinners for selected producers, Sales Agents and TV Buyers / dinners are accessible with invitation only.

Saturday October 31st, 2009 / 3.00 - 5.00 pm at Secondary Graphic Art School

Press contact: Miriam Simkova, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.eastsilver.net

DOC ALLIANCE FILMS - Films by Jay Rosenblatt and Sergej Loznitsa

First week in October brings to the portal films by two internationally recognized documentary filmmakers - Jay Rosenblatt and Sergej Loznitsa.

The short film "I Just Wanted to Be Somebody" by American director Jay Rosenblatt reflects on Anita Bryant's life - life of a woman who campaigned for the religious right and the gay liberation in the late 1970's. Part document and part poem, the film is comprised of news footage, commercials and Bryant's own home movies. (Clips from I Just Wanted to Be Somebody appear in Gus Van Zant's film MILK.)

"Artel" by Russian director Sergej Loznitsa is about one day in everyday life of Russian fishermen by the White Sea. Black-and-white pictures, long shots and slow motion of camera raise seeming banality to the status of an artistic testimony indirectly reminiscent of the classics of Russian cinematography. Film was awarded Best Documentary Film at Karlovy Vary IFF 2007.

For more information see www.docalliancefilms.com.

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JIHLAVA IDFF - Capitalism: A Love Story - A new film by Michael Moore in Jihlava!
13th Jihlava IDFF, Czech Republic, October 27 - November 1, 2009

A new film by Michael Moore in Jihlava!

Less than a month and a half after world premiere at the Venice Festival Jihlava IDFF will show the latest documentary explosive by the American provocateur Michael Moore, Capitalism: A Love Story which will be released to Czech cinemas next year. Moore‘s jab at the American economic system asks a fundamental question: "What price do Americans pay for their love of capitalism?"

Five Jihlava obstructions for Jørgen Leth

Well-known Danish documentary film-maker, writer and poet Jørgen Leth will be the main guest of this year´s Jihlava IDFF. The festival prepares five Jihlava obstructions for Jørgen Leth" (paraphrasing the tittle of The Five Obstractions made by provoking film maker Lars von Trier with Leth as a protagonist): looking for a winner of the Opus Bonum competition; author´s reading from his controversial Haiti stories; poignant commentaries on new world documentaries; Leth as a Erotic Human (master class on his methods) and in the 27 scenes with Jørgen Leth, the film by Amir Labaki.

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