The Storyline / Dějová linka
2017 - Czech Republic - 4min
An interplay of horizontal and vertical lines, as well as other types of lines, found in in the public space, evokes a lyrical narrative combining them into a visual continuity in one image. Among found objects, events, and spaces, new relationships and continuations are created. Shot on 35mm film.
world premiere at IDFF Jihlava in a competitive section Fascinations: Exprmntl.cz
screened at Liverpool Film Night 2017
screening selection: BEAST International Film Festival 2018
competition selection: Marienbad Film Festival 2018
competition selection: OFF Cinema Festival 2018
"The storyline" is the first screened movie and a huge positive surprise. Words of appreciation for the author - Alzbeta Kovandova - for filming the whole on a 35 mm tape, which practically does not happen today. The director put on an unusual form, mesmerizing viewers with images of mutually interacting lines that we encounter in public space. Watching the next frames, it reaches us that the whole world is really composed of vertical and horizontal lines. The end result is the most impressive, in which the author shows the interconnected images, constituting a coherent whole. A beautiful metaphor of the modern world, which is potentially very different, but nevertheless constitutes one compact structure."
Exprmntl.cz Through Eyes of American Journalist Daniel Walber:
Alžběta Kovandová’s remarkable Storyline quite literally chops up the lines of our lives. She begins with images of communication and transportation, roads and cars. At first they remain recognizable, even when juxtaposed in surprising ways. Soon, however, things fray. Lingering, oddly cropped images of horses create a growing sense of unease, enhanced by Martin Stýblo’s eerie soundtrack. Paths soon bend. A train runs neither right nor left, but up into uncharted offscreen territory. Kovandová closes with a human hand, a perfectly normal assortment of fingers. But in the wake of the preceding two minutes, this collection of mundane digits feels jagged and unnatural."