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VISIONS DU RÉEL 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Poster for Visions du Réel entry Traces of a Landscape

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- The latest documentary by Czech filmmaker Petr Záruba, about dissident painter Jan Jedlička, will world-premiere in the International Medium Length and Short Film Competition

EXCLUSIVE: Poster for Visions du Réel entry Traces of a Landscape
Traces of a Landscape by Petr Záruba

We present the poster for Traces of a Landscape [+see also:
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, the latest documentary by Czech filmmaker Petr Záruba, which will world-premiere in Visions du Réel's (17 April-2 May) International Medium Length and Short Film Competition.

The film's subject is Czech painter, photographer and experimental filmmaker Jan Jedlička, whom the Visions du Réel website calls "one of the best-kept secrets in the world of art". Due to the political situation after 1968, he emigrated from Czechoslovakia and settled in Switzerland. For almost ten years, he was looking for new inspiration when, suddenly, during a holiday trip, he fell in love with the flat landscape of the Maremma region in Tuscany. He found his new artistic home there, and as an artist, he began from scratch. The documentary follows Jedlička at work in the present and dives into the past in order to help us understand his artistic career. The film tries to capture how he rediscovered his landscape – this time his inner one.

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"Emigration turned Jedlička’s attention towards the most basic means of artistic expression: light and colour," says Záruba. "In an age that is shifting more towards digital media, we can observe his desire for materiality in one’s relationship with the environment – and its colour and surface – which is present here subliminally. My aim was not only to illustrate Jedlička’s works of art, but also to present a portrait of the relationship between a human and a landscape."

Traces of a Landscape will be available online, like other Visions du Réel competition titles, for free (after subscription) from 17-24 April, limited to 500 views, directly via the website.

The 65-minute film was shot in Prague, Zurich and Maremma. It is a co-production between the Czech Republic's Cinepoint and the national broadcaster, Czech Television, as well as Italy's Mammut Film. It was supported by the Czech Film Fund and the Toscana Film Commission, and was presented as a project at Docu Talents from the East at the 2018 Sarajevo International Film Festival and at dok.incubator CZ 2019.

You can see our exclusive poster and the film's trailer below:

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