Shadow of a Fern

František Vláčil, 1984



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

film_production_year 1984
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres ballad
film_form feature
film_duration 90 min
film_director František Vláčil
film_cast Marek Probosz, Zbigniew Suszyński, Miroslav Macháček, František Peterka, Vladimír Hlavatý
film_director_of_photography František Uldrich
film_screenplay Vladimír Körner, František Vláčil
film_film_editor Miroslav Hájek
film_production_designer Jaromír Švarc
film_music_composed_by Jiří F. Svoboda
film_sound_designer František Fabián