Tomas Hejtmanek’s 2003 documentary about the great Czech director Frantisek Vlacil is no ordinary profile but a poetic response to a filmmaker’s life and art, comparable to Wim Wenders’s Tokyo-Ga (1985) or Chris Marker’s Une journee d’Andrei Arsenevitch (2000). Hejtmanek favors interior sequences in which actor Jiri Kodet delivers monologues as an elderly Vlacil (who died in 1999) and wordless portraits of the Czech countryside that he immortalized in his films. The monologues, taken from actual conversations, are shockingly forthright in their confessions of personal failings, but they’re tempered by the serenity of the nature sequences, shot in dazzling black-and-white widescreen that evokes Vlacil’s 60s masterpieces. Taken together, these elements form an unforgettable portrait of a soul freeing itself from the confines of civilization. In Czech with subtitles.