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Ex Oriente Film 2011 – Open Programme

March 14 - 18, the first session of 2011 Ex Oriente Film hosts lectures, screenings and master classes open to the general public. Among the tutors are FIDMarseille director Jean-Pierre Rehm, producer Arik Bernstein, Dogwoof's head of distribution Oli Harbottle, and photographer and cinematographer Martin Kollar.

March 14 - 18, 2011
Roztoky u Prahy / Hotel Academic



Marijke Rawie, Expert consultant, Ex Oriente Film head tutor, The Netherlands
Mikael Opstrup, EDN Head of Studies, Ex Oriente Film head tutor, Denmark
Jean-Pierre Rehm, FIDMarseille Director, France
Arik Bernstein - Producer, Alma Films, Israel
Erez Laufer - Editor, director, Israel
Oli Harbottle - Head of Distribution, Dogwoof, United Kingdom
Martin Kollar - Photographer, cinematographer, Slovakia
Miroslav Janek - Director, cinematographer, Czech Republic
Filip Remunda - Director, producer, Czech Republic


MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011

Case Study: Theatre Svoboda
A case study of a former Ex Oriente Film project (2007), presented by director Jakub Hejna and producer Jiří Konečný - film screening + Q&A with the authors (moderated by Hana Rezková)

Hejna Jakub

Jakub Hejna
ocuppation: Director, Producer, Editor
country: Czech Republic
company: Young Film Studio
Jakub Hejna (1976), film editor, director, producer. Jakub graduated at Film Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU, Prague), Dept. of Film Editing. In 2001 he established Young-Film, his own editing and post-production studio. Has made a number of short and full-length documentaries, mainly broadcast by Czech TV. He has edited many award-winning documentaries, e.g., The Beauty Exchange (dir. Erika Hníková, producer Jiří Konečný, endorfilm, 78 min, 2004); Searching for Ester (dir. Věra Chytilová, 128 min, 2005); Lost Holiday (dir. Lucie Králová, 85 min, 2007); René (dir. Helena Třeštíková, 90 min, 2008); Katka (dir. Helena Třeštíková, 90 min, 2009).


Konečný Jiří

Jiří Konečný
ocuppation: Producer
country: Czech Republic
company: endorfilm
Jiří Konečný (1973), producert and founder of endorfilm. In 2001, graduated from University of Commerce, Prague (Dept. of International Affairs) and in 2004 graduated from FAMU (Dept. of Production). He worked as production manager and as a producer on many projects (e.g. Something like Happiness by Bohdan Slama). Jiří Konečný also cooperated on Graffiti in Laterna Magika (dir. Ondřej Anděra+Petr Kout/multimedia show/2001/100 min), one of the last works of Josef Svoboda. 2008-2009 - involved in the Czech-German initiative Breathless - Dominance of the Moment (Phantom of Liberty II, dir. Karel Žalud; I Love My Boring Life, dir. Jan Gogola). Jiri Konecny was the Producer On The Move – IFF Cannes 2008.





Lecture: Jean-Pierre Rehm
New insights into documentary film: What does new and groundbreaking mean from the perspective of the FIDMarseille Director?


Rehm Jean-Pierre

Jean-Pierre Rehm
ocuppation: Festival Representative
company: FIDMarseille - Marseille International Documentary Film Festival
Jean-Pierre Rehm is a French film theorist, critic and, since 2002, director of FIDMarseille – International Documentary Film Festival. A graduate of École Normale Supérieure, modern literature and philosophy, he was a lecturer of history and theory of film and art; he also worked at the French Ministry of Culture. Rehm is an editor of Cahiers du Cinéma and a regular author of film and art reviews, exhibition catalogues, artist and filmmaker monographs. He has curated a number of exhibitions of contemporary art, both in France and abroad, e.g., in Egypt (Cairo Museum of Modern Art), the Netherlands (Witte de With, Rotterdam) or Japan (Yokohama Art Center).


The Best of Dogwoof: Screening of Restrepo & Case Study on Distribution
Presented by Oli Harbottle - Head of Distribution, Dogwoof, United Kingdom

Restrepo (director: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger, producer: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger, USA 2010, 93 min). Winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, and heralded as possibly the best war film ever made, Restrepo focuses on the deployment of a US platoon in Afghanistan’s hostile Korengal Valley. Over the course of 15 months, the two filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger (author of The Perfect Storm) lived with the unit shadowing their every move, resulting in extraordinary footage. From spectacular combat and ambush scenes to difficult discussions with local village elders, civilian and military deaths, never before has such access been granted. Restrepo is as close as it gets to seeing what life as a soldier is really like.

Harbottle Oli

Oli Harbottle
ocuppation: Distributor
company: Dogwoof
Oli has been at Dogwoof since 2006, having previously produced the Raindance Film Festival. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of distribution at Dogwoof, managing the process from acquisition through to release. He has overseen the highly successful and innovative campaigns for titles such as The Age of Stupid, The End of the Line and Burma VJ.


Master Class with Arik Bernstein
Producing documentaries with relevant local stories for the international market. A cross-platform series for the internet and television - chronicles of everyday lives… / The documentary project Tehran - Washington DC and other examples…

Bernstein Arik

Arik Bernstein
ocuppation: Producer
company: Alma Films
Arik Bernstein has been a leading force in the Israeli film industry for the past 20 years. He has initiated and overseen numerous productions: documentaries, documentary series and drama series, mostly international co-productions, that have been screened at major festivals worldwide, and were awarded many Israeli and international prizes. Documentaries (selection): 2010 - Nachshon Wachesman – Countdown To Death; 2009 - Jaffa; The Boidem; 2008 - Unmistaken Child; Gaza-Sderot (2009 Emmy Award nominee, 2008 Prix Europa winner); 2007 - 6 Days in June; 2006 - Hot House (Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival 2007); 5250; 2005 - Yitzhak Rabin – An Unclosed Case; The Last Witness; The Blue Lamb; Oligarchs (2005 Prix Europa winner); 2004 - The History of Israeli and Jewish Humor; I Also Dwell Among Your Own People: Listening to Azmi Bishara; 2003 - Matzpen – Anti-Zionist Israelis; Israel, 2003 – I Have A Dream; 2002 - Moments, Israel 2002; 1990s - End of The Orange Season; Yasmin.

Surprise Screening:  Screening + Q&A
Selected and moderated by Jean-Pierre Rehm


Master Class with Erez Laufer - Dramaturgy in Documentary: No Rules But Tools
There are no rules in filmmaking, but dramaturgy can serve as a useful tool to achieve better clarity in storytelling. This master class will open up a toolbox and, with samples from Erez Laufer´s films, show how to find a story in chaotic reality.  It will start with the basics of what a story is and end with ”the storyless story” and how to use simplicity and identification as a compass in the fantastic journey of editing documentary films.

Laufer Erez

Erez Laufer
ocuppation: Director, Editor
country: Israel
Erez Laufer is the editor of the 2006 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary My Country My Country, directed by Laura Poitras. His own film Mike Brant, Laisse-moi t'aimer won the 2002 Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary and was screened at the 2003 Directors Fortnight, Cannes IFF. Other films: Cry of the Owl; The Darien Dilemma; Rafting to Bombay. He is currently working on One Day After Peace, a travelogue through South Africa. He has worked on numerous projects with renowned filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, including the Oscar-nominated The War Room; Woodstock Diary;, and Only the Strong Survive. Erez was also involved with numerous international documentary film projects: STEPS, South Africa 2001 - an international HIV/AIDS film campaign for the international TV market; Africa 10, South Africa 2003; and also Why Democracy?, Steps India, mentoring The Green House, IDFA summer school and Archidoc.


Screening: Hot House
A film for inspiration by producer Arik Bernstein

Hot House (director: Shimon Dotan / producer: Arik Bernstein, Jonathan Aroch, Dikla Barkai, Shimon Dotan, Israel 2006, 52, 90 min). Eight thousand Palestinians are imprisoned in Israeli jails today. They are called Security Prisoners. For most Israelis they are assassins and criminals. For most Palestinians they are heroes and freedom fighters. Hot House is a documentary-feature that explores the emergence of Palestinian national leadership in Israeli prisons in light of the elections to the Palestinian Parliament. The film provides a unique opportunity to observe events of historic proportions at their nascent. It exposes the cycle of violence, the evolution of a conflict characterized by vast asymmetry in balance of power and the ethics of war. The film was awarded the 2007 Special Jury Prize at Sundance and presented at a number of international festivals worldwide.

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Master Class with Martin Kollar - Visual Styles in Documentary Film
A master class that revolves around visual concept with regard to Mr Kollar’s stylized approach to filmmaking.

KollAr Martin

Martin Kollár
ocuppation: Cinematographer
country: Slovak Republic
Martin Kollar was born in 1971 in Zilina, Czechoslovakia (now Slovak Republic), studied at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Film Faculty, Camera Deprt. Since then, freelance photographer and cinematographer. He received several grants and awards, among others, 3ppp photo-stipend, World Press Photo Joop Swart master class, Oscar Barnac Award, honorable mention, SCAM Rodger Pic Award, Fuji Film Euro Press Photo Award and Backlight Photography Award in Finland. Exhibitions in many countries, including Maison Europeen de la Photography Paris France, Recontres des Arles in France, Le Château d'Eau Toulouse France, MOCA Shanghai, Guandong Museum of Art in China, House of Photography in Prague and Month of Photography in Krakow, Thessaloniki, Bratislava and Athens. Member of Gallery and Agence VU in Paris since 2003.


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