Auto*Mate

Auto*Mate
Auto*Mat

Czech Republic, 2009, 90 min
Documentary

Auto*Mate
Auto*Mat

Czech Republic, 2009, 90 min
Documentary

A playful film essay about our automobile-automatic society. A film crossing the border of its media, turning into a social act. Martin Mareček: “I lived in downtown Prague, in the ‘heart of Europe.’ In Prague, ‘the mother of cities,’ as well as ‘the city of cars’... according to statistics, one of the most handicapped cities in Europe. Six years ago, I met my neighbor in the hallway. He was moving: ‘Well, we’re off, we can’t take this anymore.’ I replied: ‘Yeah, I understand, it’s the cars, isn’t it? That noise, that smell…’ The neighbor smiled, puzzled: ‘Not really, it’s more that there’s nowhere to park.’ Is that story absurd? Is that neighbor autistic? No. I think that most of us city folks are this automatic… We’re all in it… Automatically we swear, automatically we drive. Slowly but surely, our game ends with our own auto-mate. Can anything be done about that? I realized that to make a film is not enough. It will only turn into another short essay automatically saying the well-known, addressing the usual receivers. Another submission into the Intellectual Aquarium. Therefore, I’d slowly turn from a film director into a civilian activist, an artistic radical, a political lobbyist. A multi-layered organism, Auto*Mate, was conceived.”

Writer / Martin Mareček    Story / Martin Mareček    DoP / Jiří Málek, Martin Mareček, Vít Klusák    Editor / Jana Vlčková, Martin Mareček    Sound / Michal Gábor, Ondřej Ježek    Music / Martin Mareček, Tereza Marečková

Release Date / 24 September 2009

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