Regional Competition


Gábor Hörcher
Screening time  
23.02. / Monday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 2  
25.02. / Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
26.02. / Thursday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 2  
A close-up portrait of a rebellious racecar-driving teen coping with the twists and turns of life in rural Hungary.

Ricsi really wants to speed through life on squealing tires, but finds that life is constantly applying the handbrake. It’s not easy for an 18-year-old in the poverty-stricken Hungarian countryside. What Ricsi really wants is to be a professional racecar driver. He drops out of school because the upcoming local rally is much more important to him. When Ricsi isn’t racing or tinkering with cars, he craves love and attention. But the girls – and even his own father – keep him at arm’s length. His skill as a driver is obvious, but he has almost as much talent for taking wrong turns in life. In the meantime, Ricsi’s single mother tries everything in her power – with a little help from the horoscopes – to keep her rebellious son on the straight and narrow. But how is their combined monthly income of €600 supposed to pay the fines Ricsi keeps getting for driving without a license? Ricsi’s juvenile male restlessness is captured in close-ups and medium shots of his soiled hands, vulnerable eyes, tough-guy outfits and ever-changing hairstyles. At the same time, director beautifully frames the silent witness to Ricsi’s trials and tribulations: the rugged, persistent Hungarian countryside, loaded with decay and melancholy.


Gábor Hörcher

Gábor Hörcher was born in 1980 in Budapest, Hungary. He attended the University of Psychology, Law and the University of Film Studies. He lived in the US, France and Cambodia, where he taught courses on human rights at local university. In early 2008, he started working with director and producer Marcell Iványi. Together they run KraatsFilm, producing films and theatre performances.

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Germany, Hungary
2014, 72', DCP

Directed by:
Gábor Hörcher

Screenplay by:
Gábor Hörcher

Kristóf Becsey, Gábor Hörcher

Edited by:
Thomas Ernst

Csaba Kalotás

Marcell Iványi, Marieke Bittner

Produced by:
KraatsFilm, Weydemann Bross.

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2014 – Award for the Best First Appearance Documentary; DOK Leipzig – DOK.Incubator Sound Postproduction Prize 2014; Sarajevo Film Festival 2013 – DOCU Rough Cut Boutique Postproduction Award; Robert Bosch Co-Production Prize 2011