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On Tuesday, October 28, the closing ceremony of the 12th year of the International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava was held, announcing the awards for the corresponding sections, the Audience Award and the Respekt Award. The juries also awarded two Special Mentions. [photo: Domestic Violence 2, dir. Frederick Wiseman]


12th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
October 24 - 29, 2008





The jury of the Czech Joy section awarded the Best Czech Documentary Film Award for the year 2008 to the film Ivetka and the Mountain (Czech Republic, 2008)
Director: Vít Janeček

Shortly after the November revolution in Czechoslovakia, two ten-year old girls went playing out of the village and into the wood, on the Zvir Mountain, where taken by anxiety, they ware saved by a woman who made a statement. The girls did not deny it and since then, millions of people have been coming to the revelation mountain - a document asks question about the story of one of them, about humility and faith in the power and mercy of God and the earthly life of those who believe in his glory.



In this section, the jury also awarded a Special Mention to the film Redemption Attempt of a TV Repairman Josef Lávička in Nine Scenes (Czech Republic, 2008)
Director: Lukáš Kokeš

Stage-managed and manipulative picture, which can be viewed as an ironic pendant to poetic films celebrating the common sense, view into a static existence of a village alcoholic trying to cope with a text from the parish priest - within the context of the Christian rhetoric, the reconstructed commonness of the main character loses its meaningless nature, and the Man, on his way to catharsis through a catholic teaching, boozes away to a higher symbolic order.


Members of the jury:
Martin Dušek / film director (CZ)
Ivan Martin Jirous / poet, art historian, essayist (CZ)
Filip Konvalinka / singer and music composer (CZ)
Alice Lovejoy / film theoretician and historian (USA)
Ondřej Provazník / dramaturgist and script writer (CZ)
Alice Růžičková / director and film pedagogue (CZ)





Opus Bonum juror Karel Vachek awarded the Best World Documentary Film Award for the year 2008 to the film Iraqi Short Films (Argentina, 2008)
Director: Mauro Andrizzi

A compilation of videos shot mainly by mobile phones; private recordings whose original purpose was to inform families, friends or fellow fighters or to serve as material for web presentations; picture reports made by coalition soldiers, local militia members, private corporate workers and rebels; fragments of perspectives of various people, some of whom held their camera/mobile phone for the last time in their lives; this documentary conveys a purely private experience of the war.






The jury of the Between the Seas section awarded the Best Central and Eastern Documentary Film Award for the year 2008 to the film The Flower Bridge (Romania, Germany 2008)
Director: Thomas Ciulei

A father cleans chickenpox blisters on the face of his son, bare trees wait for snow, and another year begins as a landscape and a house gradually come into view. An elderly man has to manage a farm in a Moldavian village and raise three children because his wife has left to work in Italy, from where she occasionally telephones and sends gifts and money, so important to survive in one of the poorest countries of Europe.



In this competition section, a Special Mention went to the film The Revolution That Wasn’t (Estonia, 2008)
Režie: Aliona Polunina

It is Russia in 2007, exactly a year before the next presidential elections. The opposition is set to act decisively and to take power. The two central figures, Anatoly and Andrey, are veteran revolutionaries. They have been members of banned political organization for more than 10 years. Politics, however, serves only as the background for the main action, providing the environment in which the protagonist exist. It´s a story of proudness, betrayal and beginning of new life.

Members of the jury:
Viktoria Belopolsky / film critic (RUS)
Jan Gogola Jr. / director (CZ)
Karol Hordziej / art director of the Photomonth festival in Krakow (PL)
Anja Salomonowitz / film director (A)
P. Adams Sitney / historian of American avantgarde film, professor at Princeton University (USA)





The jury of the Fascinations section awarded the Best Experimental Film Award for the year 2008 to the film Nightstill (Austria, 2007)
Director: Elke Groen

Two winters, the director went shooting in Dachstein Massif to transform the accumulated stillness of the mountains into a motion picture and make it possible to see it in relation to ephemeral human values.

Members of the jury::
Stanislav Ulver / editor in chief of the magazine Film a doba (CZ)
Filip Ulver / photographer and webdesigner (CZ)
Radana Ulverová / librarian and editor of the magazine Film a doba (CZ)





The Audience Award was presented by Roman Bradáč, the human relationships director of the Czech Television, going to the film René (ČR, 2008)
Director: Helena Třeštíková

Helena Třeštíková is the author of major documentaries collected over time, i.e. pictures observing lives of selected people, and later put together in a film. This allows for making different documentaries using the same material, while making it possible to study (through the film about one’s self), what is important in the time when the film is finished and what not. After the film Tell Me Something About Yourself – René (1992) we can now see more of the life of the intelligent criminal René Plášil.





The Best Television and Video Report Award, awarded by the Respekt weekly in cooperation with IDFF Jihlava, went to the report from Czech Television production Tough Guys from Třebíč (authors: David Macháček and Roman Šantúr) made for the Reporters of CT programme. Further on, the jury awards a Special Mention to the report Treasure on the Alum Lake (authors: David Havlík and Michael Fiala) made for the Reporters of CT programme.




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