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David Jařab empieza a rodar Snake Gas, inspirada en El corazón de las tinieblas

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David Jařab empieza a rodar Snake Gas, inspirada en El corazón de las tinieblas
Stanislav Majer y Martin Pechlát en Snake Gas (© Mayo Hirc)

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Czech director David Jařab has started shooting his latest drama, Snake Gas, inspired by Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella Heart of Darkness. Jařab, who previously directed the World War I parable Head – Hands – Heart and a documentary about a prominent figure in Czech surrealism, Vratislav Effenberger or the Hunt for Black Shark, has already directed the same subject matter for the theatre stage. However, the director has noted that the cinematic version is not an adaptation of the stage play, but rather a standalone film inspired by Conrad’s novella critiquing European colonial rule in Africa. Jařab, who also penned the script, made the protagonist into a Czech man who is travelling to the Balkans, instead of Africa.

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Robert Klein (Stanislav Majer, from Shadow Country [+lee también:
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) is looking for his step-brother, Emanuel, whom he has met only once. Robert visits two companies that have dispatched his brother somewhere in Europe – a Japanese firm that hunts eels and a US trust that conducts illegal probing for methane-mining operations. Robert finds out that his step-brother is successful, and his work is raising doubts among his employers. He decides to follow Emanuel’s trail but is not entirely sure why is he undertaking the trip. He travels through swamp country, picking up clues about his brother's activity. He discovers that his name provokes fear in certain people, ill will in others, and even veneration in some. He then finds out that Emanuel has surrounded himself with a posse of illegal African refugees who are aiding him in his eel-hunting and geological probing.

Czech producer Viktor Schwarcz calls Snake Gas a “river movie with elements of mystery”, tackling an array of hot topics, such as “the environment, immigration, the correctness and incorrectness of social thinking and behaviour, wealth accumulation, and monopolisation”. Additionally, Snake Gas is described as a “film parable about a journey into a closed area on the brink of the oriental and the occidental worlds”, and about “one’s fears of violence, the search for love and sexuality, and the willingness to understand the difference between refugees and invaders”.

The 35 shooting days are expected to last until 20 May, with principal photography unfolding largely in Slovakia. Indeed, after scouting locations in Croatia, Slovenia, Romania and Hungary, the producers eventually decided to shoot almost the entire film in Slovakia (the majority of scenes take place on a river). The cast includes Martin Pechlát (Bird Atlas [+lee también:
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, Occupation [+lee también:
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), Dalibor Buš, Mara Lukama and Václav Vašák (Emergency Situation). DoP Oleg Mutu, who lensed Bogdan George Apetri’s Miracle [+lee también:
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and Unidentified [+lee también:
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, Sergei Loznitsa’s Donbass [+lee también:
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and A Gentle Creature [+lee también:
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, and Tomasz Wasilewski’s United States of Love [+lee también:
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, is attached as the cinematographer on the movie. The majority of the film crew are Slovak professionals.

Snake Gas is being produced by Viktor Schwarcz, of Czech outfit Cineart TV Prague, and co-produced by Slovak company ARINA and Czech Television. The film was supported by the Czech Film Fund and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund. The theatrical release is scheduled for 2023. CinemArt will handle the theatrical release in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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