Shadow of a Fern

František Vláčil, 1984

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Directed by František Vláčil, this 1984 film, adapted from a novel by Josef Čapek, was written by Vladimír Körner. The highly experienced director planned for a number of years to make an adaptation of this story, but only realised his dream at the end of his filmmaking career. Along with cinematographer František Uldrich, Vláčil brings to life a concept in which the main characters’ stories are interwoven with the shots of the natural world, which form an integral part of the overall narrative. The main protagonists of Stín kapradiny (The Shadow of a Fern, 1984) are two poachers, Ruda Aksamit and Vašek Kala, on the run from the law after one of them shot and killed a gamekeeper. They end up wandering aimlessly through the woods, becoming increasingly alienated from each other, and causing more irreparable damage… Director Vláčil casts two Polish actors in the main roles: Marek Probosz and Zbigniew Suszynski. Miroslav Macháček appears as the gamekeeper.
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About a film

Production year 1984
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres ballad
Form feature
Duration 90 min
Director František Vláčil
Cast Marek Probosz, Zbigniew Suszyński, Miroslav Macháček, František Peterka, Vladimír Hlavatý
Director of photography František Uldrich
Screenplay Vladimír Körner, František Vláčil
Editor Miroslav Hájek
Production designer Jaromír Švarc
Music Jiří F. Svoboda
Sound designer František Fabián