Video Library

“Those who are unable to express themselves precisely and wisely naturally seek out someone who is capable of doing so. My thoughts are basically the reflections of other people’s thoughts. I hope that this will help me reach a more complete conclusion than I myself would have been able to find.”

Karel Vachek

CDF VIDEO LIBRARY

 

The CDF video library comprises over 1100 films. Its core consists of films presented at Ji.hlava IDFF since 2009 to today. The collection is being continuously updated with both Czech and foreign films, including many experimental works. The film collection is constantly being expanded adding films from the previous editions of the festival as well as other notable film works that illustrate various fundamental elements of filmmaking – sound, editing, styles, genres and the like.

The film catalogue is available online; however, films can only be watched on our on-site video stations at the Center for Documentary Film in Jihlava.

There are two possibilities of searching our library: by entering the search term in the search panel in the right upper corner of the page or by browsing the catalogue of films in alphabetical order. If the search turns out too many results, we recommend using the advanced search option and limit the search to the selected areas.

 

The film database is interconnected with a database of authors, which makes it very easy to find, for example, which screenwriter most often collaborates with a particular director.

 

Films can only be watched at CDF in Jihlava but the film database search is available anywhere using the Internet. However, we recommend booking the video station in advance first by loggin in to your CDF account directly on the card of the selected film. If you have not yet registered to CDF, you can use the link registration. The registration will enable you to watch films at CDF, but also to make reservations for a selected day and hour.

 

CDF’s annual membership fee is CZK 100 (CZK 50 for students) and, along with the possibility to watch films in CDF, it entitles you to reduced admission to screenings organised by the CDF.

The right column features our events, below are the latest film recommendations. Here you will find brand new additions as well as films addressing specific topics from various perspectives.


Film Highlights

 

Trento Symphonia

Twilight removes details from the view of a mountain landscape, where an orchestra, with the help of living musical notes – children with music scores attached to their backs – plays Mahler’s 8th symphony. The figures move in a careful choreography so that they fade in harmony with the decomposition of music and fading distinguishability of the pictorial composition on which darkness falls.

 

Turn off the Lights

Misogynistic Alex, who was convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, lives with his grandparents; Christian is the favourite son from a rich family; and Papan, the young father of a little girl, comes from a poor background – three Roma men who have left prison make their first contact with their families. The film takes an observational approach to capturing the moments immediately before and after their release, showing three faces of the Roma community in contemporary Romania.  

 

The Sons of Ichkeria

Florent Marcie first travelled to Chechnya in 1996. Itchkéri Kenti culminates ten years of reflection and journeys to the heart of the resistance and presents a fresco of a people battling a central government for centuries. The film describes the different forms of conflict – material, cultural, time-related – underlying a popular struggle.

 

We are mutants

The reform of the Austrian postal service opened up the burning issue of employees who cannot be fired before retirement. The presented data forces us to think about the dangerous but socially acceptable measures taken by large companies that result in employees with nothing to do, apathy, surfing the web, and contempt for human dignity.

CYCLES OF THE EVENING SCREENINGS

There are no upcoming evening screenings.


 

Archive of the Evening Screenings

Documentarian Jan Špáta (February to May 2016)

  • number of events: 4 screenings 
  • beginnings at 5 PM (7:30 PM)
  • format: screening and Q&A with guests
  • please note: reservations are only possible through the event’s profile or via e-mail cdf@c-d-f.cz
  • more information is available HERE


 

Reality Show (February to April 2016)

  • number of events: 4 screenings
  • beginnings at 7:30 PM
  • format: screening and Q&A with guests
  • please note: reservations are only possible through the event’s profile or via e-mail cdf@c-d-f.cz
  • more information is available HERE


 

FOOD (NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2015) 

  • number of events: 4 screenings 
  • beginnings at 5 PM and 7:30 PM
  • format: screening and Q&A with guests
  • please note: reservations are only possible through the event’s profile or via e-mail cdf@c-d-f.cz
  • more information is available HERE.


 

Programme of Video Library section
Films in alphabetical order
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