PRODUCTION / FUNDING Slovakia / Czech Republic
Slovak documentarian Miro Remo finishes his latest project, At Full Throttle
- The film, capturing the life story of two quinquagenarians against the backdrop of amateur autocross, will tackle “transformation frustration”
Award-winning Slovak documentarian Miro Remo is finishing his latest project, At Full Throttle [+see also:
interview: Miro Remo
film profile]. Remo rose to prominence with fairly controversial films, such as This Is Not Me [+see also:
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film profile] and Coolture, and is currently tackling a personal story framed within the local socio-political and economic situation. The documentary At Full Throttle follows the main protagonist, quinquagenarian Jaroslav, whose health has thwarted his lifelong dream of becoming a racing driver. Similar to the protagonist of the recent Czech documentary A New Shift [+see also:
film profile], Jaroslav is a former miner who also has to face new beginnings.
Remo shot the life story of Slovak car racer Jitka and “motorsports fanatic” Jaroslav against the backdrop of amateur autocross races. The director noted that he wants to show a way out of a seemingly permanent disillusion with life. In addition, At Full Throttle addresses the theme of “transformation frustration”, experienced by people left behind in the wake of the country’s transition to a market economy. In the director’s words, it won’t be a traditional observational documentary.
“Miro Remo is an auteur who can combine an extraordinary feeling for visuals and a purely optical situation with a penetration into human lives, right to the roots of their motivations,” producer Vít Janeček, of D1film, told Cineuropa. He added: “This film looking at the lives of exceptional, and at the same time ‘ordinary’, people shows the effort and difficulties involved in transforming the fateful circumstances of human life, and from a social point of view, the movie is a very subtle probe into understanding thwarted hopes, which in turn grow into a certain political worldview.”
Last month, Janeček confirmed to Cineuropa that the film would be finished at the beginning of March, as the technical post-production works were still ongoing. “The editing took longer than planned. Even though it is a documentary film, it involves extremely specific post-production, as many scenes have been shot on seven cameras,” said Janeček, who added that they are also pursuing additional finances, “ideally through pre-sales and acquisitions”. He is looking to launch the film on the festival circuit.
At Full Throttle is produced by Czech production company D1film, Remo’s Slovak outfit Arsy-Versy, Czech Television and Radio and Television Slovakia. The Slovak Audiovisual Fund and the Czech Film Fund supported the film, which was presented at East Doc Platform and received valuable advice and guidance at dok.incubator. The theatrical release in the Czech Republic and Slovakia will happen simultaneously, handled by Aerofilms (for the former) and Filmtopia (for the latter) in late summer or autumn.
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