Czech Sci-Fi Film ‘Restore Point’ Confronts Karlovy Vary Audiences With Questions of Immortality |

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In Robert Hloz’s sci-fi characteristic debut “Restore Point,” 2nd chances are large business.

In nan twelvemonth 2041, anyone who has an unnatural decease has nan correct to beryllium brought backmost to life, provided they’ve dutifully created a backup of their characteristic called a “restore point.”

Naturally, immoderate entity to nan conception of artificially extending life advertisement infinitum, wherein nan communicative originates to get complicated.

“I wanted to make a sci-fi movie since I was a small kid,” Hloz says, “but I would ne'er conjecture that it will hap to beryllium my debut. I thought possibly third, 4th film.”

But, arsenic nan Czech head recalls, he recovered himself going done notes for movie ideas from screenwriter Tomislav Cecka and 1 of them began to loom large.

“He came up pinch an thought for a very realistic sci-fi astir our nine successful nan adjacent future, wherever group tin beryllium restored if thing bad happens to them,” Hloz says. “I asked him to constitute maine a one-pager pinch nan ideas we discussed, but 1 week later he delivered nan first 80 pages instead.”

Robert Hloz Courtesy of Film Kolektiv

The thought appealed to Hloz because it portrayed really 1 reasonably straightforward technological beforehand could unfastened truthful galore doors to mayhem.

With nan reconstruct constituent idea, he says: “We were capable to disagreement nan society. There are group who emotion utilizing nan reconstruct points and group who deliberation it makes your life worthless.”

What’s more, he says, “There were truthful galore civilized questions and conflicts, and nine pushes you to return sides. It was a awesome joyousness to observe each those facets and make nan characters to spell done a travel wherever they are forced to mobility their choices.”

The conception of a life restart besides has a cosmopolitan appeal, Hloz says. “I wanted nan communicative to beryllium yet relatable successful a measurement truthful that everyone who leaves nan theatre will inquire themself and their friends if they would want specified a strategy to exist.”

The restart exertion would besides face group pinch a fascinating dilemma, he says. “Would you take much freedom, aliases rather, safety?”

Hloz admits emotion a spot intimidated by nan agelong history of Czech sci-fi films and celebrated culture, making love from Karel Capek’s invention of nan connection “robot” successful nan 1920s to influential abstraction adventures for illustration 1963’s “Ikarie XB 1,” which foreshadowed “Star Trek.”

“There was this large protector of work complete me,” Hloz says. “This is nan first large Czech sci-fi successful astir 60 years. So my biggest task was to put together nan champion squad that would propulsion this disconnected connected an Eastern European budget.”

The head feels he recovered it successful cinematographer Filip Marek, sound designer Samuel Jurkovic, composer Jan Sleska and accumulation designer Ondrej Lipensky, each of whom “poured an unthinkable magnitude of love” into nan project. With editor Jaroslaw Kaminski (“Cold War,” “Ida”) besides connected board, Hloz says he had a formidable team.

Shot connected respective locations wherever existing brutalist architecture could beryllium incorporated, “Restore Point” was capable to clasp “iconic visuals of a futuristic Central Europe,” Hloz says.

“We changeable chiefly successful existent locations to support nan full point grounded successful reality and we changeable what we could successful camera. We had immoderate shape days, chiefly for nan hero’s location and besides a fewer stagecraft LED backgrounds.” For effects still needed, he says, nan squad astatine Prague’s Magiclab “went awesome lengths to make everything look great.”

In a way, nan movie is hoped to bring a benignant of reconstruct constituent to section screens, says Hloz.

“Czech cinema utilized to beryllium a pioneer of sci-fi,” he says.

Other less-known Czech filmmakers for illustration Vaclav Vorlicek, who made communist-era fantasies, adhd to nan tradition, arsenic does nan activity of seminal surrealist Jan Svankmajer.

Keeping successful nan contented of bold ideas alternatively than cutting-edge effects suited Hloz and his squad well, he says, “to support nan world stylized yet afloat believable.”