44th edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

My Dog KillerTG-2013 
Môj pes Killer

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Marek has no real friends except his guard dog and hangs out with skinheads. When his dispirited mother reappears in his life, Marek faces a horrible predicament. An authentic and hypnotic chronicle of a sluggish existence always on the verge of explosion.

A small village on the Slovak-Moravian border. Strangers are not welcome here. Locals seem to be suspicious even of each other. This is where eighteen-year-old Marek lives. His guard dog is his only true friend. Neglected by his relatives, he has found an illusory escape in the company of local skinheads. Nazi without a cause, he blindly follows them, and they train him exactly like he trains Killer, his dog. When his mother and young half-brother suddenly appear in his life, Marek faces a terrible dilemma. Either he will violently explode or he will find an inner capacity for the compassion he is so scared of.
This subtle, sensitive film is not just about racists and ethnic conflicts in contemporary Europe. First of all, it is about wrong choices that, once made, cannot be altered. It is about chances that appear, only to be missed. Mira Fornay captures this state of terrifying apathy in a series of long contemplative shots. Calm on the surface, they are full of hidden anxiety and disturbing uncertainty.
With no music, just natural sounds and real settings, Fornay makes what is almost a documentary portrait of totally lost human beings. The leading characters are very competently portrayed by native non-actors, and their huge contribution makes the film very authentic.

Niet zo goede film. Jongeman is onderdeel van groepje nazi jongeren, waarom precies is en blijft onduidelijk, wat het helemaal inhoudt is net zo onduidelijk. Eigenlijk mag hij alleen met de nazi's omgaan vanwege zijn hond. En laat nou net die hond de dood van zijn zigeuner halfbroertje veroorzaken.
Treurige mensen in beeld gebracht zonder opsmuk in een film met minimale dialoog. Behoorlijk saai allemaal maar voornaamste kritiek is dat het de hoofdpersoon allemaal maar lijkt te overkomen. Als iemand zonder ruggengraat in een rotsituatie verkeert en daar niets aan doet, moet ik dat dan vervelend voor hem vinden?
Webreview from MSA on 30 January 2013 13:27
Slovakia, Czech Republic 2013
DirectorMira Fornay
ProducerJuraj Buzalka
ScenarioMira Fornay
CastAdam Mihál
 Marián Kuruc
 Irena Bendová
 Libor Filo
PhotographyTomáš Sysel
EditorHedvika Hansalová
Production designAdam Pitra
Sound designJán Ravasz
Film formatDCP
2013 Hivos Tiger Awards Competition World premiere

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