DRIFTER (working title Roma Rally)
Winner of the Robert Bosch Co-Production Prize 2011 - Documentary
Ricsi, a gypsy kid from a rural family, is trying to fulfill his childhood dream by competing in the village rally with his only treasure: a rundown, makeshift BMW. While racing against the local competition, he is challenging his father for attention and respect. His father left the family many years ago, leaving a great deal of bitterness in his wake.
Ricsi, aged 17 and his friends have decided to take part in a famous road rally in a nearby village. Despite his youth and poverty Ricsi is crack mechanic, he can drive, his ambition seems tireless. And he believes that creativity driven by destitution can overcome the greatest difficulties.
He would like to take part in the race with a thirty year old, piecemeal BMW currently sleeping on bricks. He is committed to compensate the gap with his enthusiasm in the garage which he built in the backyard out of their barn. Ricsi is ready to raise money for the car no matter what, even if it means leaving school and getting involved in illegal activities.
What makes things even more complicated, that Ricsi’s friend, Manó lost almost all of his sight by the age of nine because of a disease. Nevertheless: while his companion would be the driver he would be the navigator of the car. Ricsi’s father meandering in and out of his son’s life not realizing that Ricsi’s fight for acknowledgement might just be a struggle for his father’s attention and acceptance.
Despite all the odds, he has faith in himself. Even though it is crucial for him to win, for the film it is not his success or failure that is at stake but the depiction of his devotion and commitment.
Producer: KraatsFilm (Hungary), Marcell Iványi, Gábor Hörcher
Co-Producer: Weydemann Bros. (Germany), Marieke Bittner
Co-Producer: György Pálos
Duration: approx. 80 min
Subtitle: English, German
Original Idea: Márton Horn
Director: Gábor Hörcher
Camera: Kristóf Becsey, Gábor Hörcher
Editor: Thomas Ernst
Main characters: Richárd Steinbach, József Manó Orsós, Csaba Varga