VIFF 2015: Painted Land searches and finds the Group of Seven

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      Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven (Canada)  

      A must for Group of Seven fans, and a true eye-opener for those who only know a few of the gang’s iconic Canadian paintings.

      A trio of experts sets out into the Lake Superior–area wilderness to try to find the exact spots where the men set their vivid landscapes. Their journey is mixed with fascinating archival footage and diaries that illuminate the way these guys camped in remote rustic cabins and train cars—an artists’ story as romantic, in its own way, as any set in turn-of-the-century Paris.

      The structure is classic Canadian history essay but the paintings and still-untouched wilderness help the doc come alive.