Connecting the past, the present and the future: Nick Cave, AI, blockchain and an intangible concept of our loneliness in the digital sphere, NOTES FROM EREMOCENE is an otherworldly playfully dystopian sci-fi essay unlike anything.
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Nominated for Directing
Viera Čákanyová
Original title: Poznámky z Eremocénu Year: 2023 Duration: 78 min Country of Production: Slovakia, Czech Republic Languages: English, Slovak Cinematographer: Viera Čákanyová Sound Designer: Marek Buranovský Director: Viera Čákanyová Editors: Viera Čákanyová, Alexandra Gojdičová Producer: Matej Sotník

Talk: | Saturday 14.10 | 

The highly original director Viera Čákanyová from Bratislava will participate in a conversation after the screening and share insights into her truly extraordinary process of creating this film, which premiered at the Berlinale earlier this year.

Notes from Eremocene explores themes of techno-optimism, blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, climate change, and the challenges within representative democracy. It does so through a combination of diaristic film footage and 3D scanner images, creating a poetic and critical narrative about the interplay between analogue and digital elements in humanity's possible future. The concept of a fictional conversation with a future virtual clone adds an intriguing layer to the film, allowing for a personal and introspective exploration of the potential impacts of technology on human existence. By addressing both the positive aspects and unexpected downsides of technological advancements, the film offers a balanced and nuanced perspective on the complex relationship between humans and technology.

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Slovak experimental documentary filmmaker Viera Čákanyová challenges the way we see documentaries and has won several awards for her work. Besides working on her own films, she also works as a script editor and editor of independent film projects and makes documentary films for non-profit organizations and television.

Viera Čákanyová (b. 1980) studied scriptwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and documentary filmmaking at FAMU in Prague. Her early feature documentaries won a number of awards, such as Best First/Second Film at Visions du Réel and Best Documentary at German Documentary FF in Kassel. Her visual storytelling can be found in the films GOTTLAND (2014) and SLOVAKIA 2.0 (2014). Her feature debut FREM had its world premiere at the Ji.hlava IDFF 2019 followed by its international premiere at the Berlinale 2020, and won the Award for Best Debut at the ELBE DOCK festival. The film was screened at more than two dozen important international film festivals around the world. Her subsequent film WHITE ON WHITE won the main prize at the Ji.hlava IDFF in 2020. It also won the GreenDox Award at Dokufest in Kosovo, the Czech Competition at One World in Prague and was selected for the main competitions at the prestigious Sheffield DocFest and ZagrebDox.

Alexandra Gojdičová and Viera Čákanyová is nominated with Notes From Eremocene for Best Editing.

Alexandra Gojdičová graduated from the subject of cultural studies at the Philosophical Faculty in Bratislava, Slovakia. During her studies, she participated in a number of both commercial and artistic film projects as executive producer, assistant director and editor. She cooperated with the civil association Truc Sphérige, working on the programming of the Strečno Film Festival as well as with the Centre for Documentary Film as manager of the documentary film festival Three Days of Documentary Film 2003. From 2006, she studies documentary editing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). She continues her activities in Bratislava, e.g. her cooperation with A4 –zero space.

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