My Dog Killer

Mira Fornay

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.

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Filmmaker
Mira Fornay
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Slovakia, Czech Republic
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Slovak, Czech
Producer
Juraj Buzalka
Production Company
MIRAFOX
Sales
m-appeal
Writer
Mira Fornay
Cinematography
Tomáš Sysel
Editor
Hedvika Hansalová
Production Design
Adam Pitra
Sound Design
Ján Ravasz
Cast
Adam Mihal, Irena Bendova
Website
https://www.m-appeal.net/my-dog-killer