MY DOG KILLER(czech-slovak title: Môj pes Killer)
director/writer: Mira Fornay
drama, 90 min, color, dolby digital, 35mm
languages: Slovak/Moravian dialect
This film was finantially supported by Audiovisual Fund
World premiereHivos Tiger Award Competition of 42nd Rotterdam International Film Festival (29.1.2013)
AwardsMy Dog Killer won the Hivos Tiger Award at its world premier in Rotterdam.
A one-day drama of eighteen-year-old Marek living near the Slovak-Moravian border with his dad and his racist friends – hooligans. Marek‘s best friend is only his dog. Marek‘s life is shaken up when he discovers the secret of his lost mother Marika.
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EMOTIONS AND RACISMShame is the most powerful, painful and potentially very dangerous emotion – especially for those who don’t understand its origins or don’t know how to manage it. This is Marek’s case, who starts to act anxiously after he finds out about the secret of his lost mother. His feeling of shame comes from the absurd idea of racism. In Marek’s opinion, the revelation of this secret might not just damage his family dignity in the eyes of others, but mainly his own self-respect and his position in the group of skinheads.
WORKING WITH NON-ACTORSI worked with non-actors chosen in the local area. I worked with the local vagabonds the most and adjusted the script according my research among them. They knew from the beginning that I didn’t agree with any ideas of collective intolerance and hate. I spent a lot of time talking about heir childhood, their childhood dreams, as well as their present dreams. I tried to look at the world from their point of view and suppressed my own negative emotions vis-à-vis their hate of difference.
CONCEPTI decided the camera should follow the main character, focusing on the main character’s bald head and observing him close up. Into this strict and radical way of framing I put wide and weird compositions of my own objective point of view as the author. I call them “waiting break compositions” because we wait for Marek to enter the scene without following him. The sound plays a very important role in this concept and most of the time it is deliberately composed out of off-screen dialogue.
DRAMA and MY AUTHORIAL AIMI break the rules of classical drama on purpose. This is NOT a story in which the main sympathetic evil character changes through his ‘experience’. I believe a colder, distant approach without a commentary raises more questions and makes the story more ambiguous. Marek’s world and the world around him influence each other, but where did this circle start? Where in the circle did Marek’s story really start? What was first and what was last? What is the cause and what is the effect? Without being judgmental, I still make it very clear what is right and what is wrong. By showing ordinary moments of reality I ask our society how deep rooted is our common participation in tragedies like the one of Marek‘s family. In my opinion it‘s large by our indifference, ignorance and lack of compassion.
CAST & CREW
Juraj Buzalka, Viktor Schwarcz, Mira Fornay
WRITER / AUTHOR OF CONCEPT
Cinematographer: Tomáš Sysel (CZ)
Art Director: Adam Pitra
Costume Designer: Erika Gadus
Sound design: Jan Ravasz
Make Up Artist: Jana Bílková
Editor: Hedvika Hansalová
Adam Mihál(SK), Marián Kuruc(SK), Libor Filo(SK), Irena Bendová(SK)