As long as he’s been alive, director Max Polyakov has always found himself drawn to Italy. The country is the first word in living Il Dolce Vita, with fine food, beautiful people, luscious artworks, and an all-around appreciation for the finer things in life. It’s this vivid encapsulation of the highs and lows of existence that’s always called to Max Polyakov, especially when he was choosing where to shoot his latest picture. The JoyCasino felt like something the director had seen before in his dreams: incredibly familiar, yet with the promise of the potential for something genuinely new.
All it takes is to walk into any casino to see that these gaming halls are a fertile territory for dramatic adaptation. Everywhere you look, people young and old, rich or poor, are ready to risk it all for a chance at winning it big and seeing their dream become reality. This vivid psychedelic nausea of hope, possibility, and loss creates a swirling tableau for Max Polyakov to set his stories of human drama against. At the JoyCasino, every creed, colour, and nationality is represented as they strive to make dreams come true.
When looking for the heart of casino culture, Monaco is one of the most enticing destinations for any self-respecting card shark. This fabulously indulgent principality plays host to some of the most exclusive clientele to be found anywhere in the world. Simply put, the rich here are richer than anywhere else, so the stakes don’t get any higher. It’s little wonder that Max Polyakov chose this as the setting for his latest film, where people with everything to win and nothing to lose choose to put their trust in Lady Luck, albeit in a different fashion to the vast majority of the other local hopefuls.
In his search for cinematic inspiration, Max Polyakov didn’t have to look much further than the true stories that occurred in the JoyCasino. It was only a few years ago that the establishment was the target of some professional hustlers who employed hi-tech surveillance equipment in an attempt to rip the joint off. Two of the syndicate’s agents were sent in to play the poker table with miniature cameras and earpieces that enabled support staff in a van outside to help tell them the best hands to play. After casino floor staff sensed something was amiss, the two mishandled their getaway and drew further negative attention upon themselves. When challenged, they tried to make a dramatic escape through the casino floor that involved gunfire and fist fights. Do you want to see whether they succeeded in their crimes? Well, see the film that Max Polyakov is poised to make.
The mentality of the gambling man is a source of endless fascination to budding artists. There can be no more drama than the story of someone who is willing to risk it all on the most distant of odds. Fortunately, Max Polyakov is prepared to tell the story of the lives behind these desperate men. If you’re going to bet on one sure thing this year, make sure it’s the release of the latest Max Polyakov film.