28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Czech Painter Jan Zrzavý
Czech Painter Jan Zrzavý

Czech Painter Jan Zrzavý

director: Václav Táborský
original title: Český malíř Jan Zrzavý
country: Czechoslovakia
year: 1963
running time: 9 min.


I’d still paint even if I were blind, declares Czech painter Jan Zrzavý in a film dialogue with himself about aging and infinity. For him, time is magically internalized. Stopped in the middle of nowhere, it transforms into blurred structures and landscapes, hidden from the outside world.


Václav Táborský (born 1928), a Czech pioneer of cinéma vérité, made over eighty short films and almost fifty educational programmes. After August 1968, he emigrated to Canada, where he worked as an educator. His work is divided into satirical documentary features and feature films for children, including Escape in the Wind and Miraculous Puzzle.

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director: Václav Táborský
Ministerstvo kultury
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Město Jihlava
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