28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Landscape of Ashes
The Landscape of Ashes
The Landscape of Ashes
The Landscape of Ashes
The Landscape of Ashes

The Landscape of Ashes

director: Eliška Plechatová
original title: Krajina popela
country: Czech Republic
year: 2022
running time: 5 min.


In her intimate film-poem, the auteur uses abstract paintings as a means to observe the changing forest landscape. What starts off as green and strikingly familiar is later struck by fire and burned to a crisp with ashes becoming an integral part of its new form. Can the land victimized by a destructive force rise up from the ashes like a phoenix and be reborn anew?

“Just as I am now composing words for myself, I was composing particles of dust side by side in an attempt to understand how things relate to one another. Minerals of ash that move in the form of our needs.”


Eliška Plechatová studied sculpture at UMPRUM in Prague. She is noted for her works Scales Do Not Fit (2022) and The Landscape of Ashes (2022).

more about film

director: Eliška Plechatová
producer: Eliška Plechatová
script: Eliška Plechatová
editing: Eliška Plechatová, Lukáš Janičík
music: Michal Šupák
sound: Jan Mesany
Ministerstvo kultury
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