07-09-2020

PRODUCTION: Juraj Lehotský Starts Production on Applause

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BRATISLAVA: Juraj Lehotský is starting production of his third feature drama Applause / Potlesk.

The film will have 35 shooting days scheduled from the second half of September on location in Bratislava and Vienna.  

Applause tells the story of talented musician Matúš, who left his successfully developing career to take care of his ill adoptive mother. After her death, he’s living with his stepbrother Dávid and together they go through life, each in his own way. While Dávid takes what life gives him, Matúš feels frustrated by his failed ambitions. He observes the life of his brother, which is richer in its simplicity. 

„Applause is a film that will be exploring the 'smallness' of us all. It discusses how we all need to feel complete and are longing for happiness, how we define ourselves as unique and what in all that we understand as our victory,“ director Juraj Lehotský says about his upcoming feature

The leading role is played by the young Polish actor Bartosz Bielenia, who was one of the European Shooting Stars in Berlinale 2020. For the role, Bielenia has learned to play cello and has learned his dialogue in Slovak.

Applause is produced by ARYTMIA s.r.o., and is planned as a Slovak/Czech/Polish coproduction. The estimated budget is 1.4 m EUR. The film is supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and RTVS.

The premiere is expected in 2021.

Production information:

Producers:
ARYTMIA s.r.o. (Slovakia)
Michaela Jeleneková Juraj Lehotský
Delegate producer: Katarína Tomková

Coproducers:
RTVS (Slovakia)

Credits:
Director: Juraj Lehotský
Editor: Radoslav Dúbravský
Script Editor: Jan Gogola st.
Set Design: Juraj Fábry
DoP: Timotej Križka
Music: Aleš Březina