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My Dog Killer

Môj pes Killer

Slovakia | 2013 | 90 minutes | Mira Fornay

Fornay’s second feature follows a day in the life of 18-year-old Marek who lives on the Slovak-Moravian border. Marek’s best friend and only confidant is his dog as he deals with the hooliganism of his skinhead friends and his single father.

June 6, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Unfolding over the course of a single day, Mira Fornay’s sophomore effort tells a disturbing tale of family shame and ethnic conflict. 18-year-old Marek lives with his father in a vineyard on the Slovak-Moravian border. When he’s not training his pit bull, Killer, Marek usually spends his time with the local skinheads—being trained himself. His family has other plans for him today. Things have gotten so bad at the vineyard, that his father must sell their other property, which requires the signature of his estranged wife—Marek’s mother— who abandoned the family in disgrace years before. Since no one in the family wants to see her, Marek is assigned the task of meeting her in town with the contracts. But when he gets to town, he discovers that she has brought his half-brother with her. As Marek wrestles with his situation, Fornay maintains an observational style, allowing the audience to reach their own understanding of the unpleasant nature of Marek’s dilemma. She combines this approach with authentic locations, a non- professional cast (including local skinheads), and strategically placed radio newscasts and music, to give My Dog Killer a documentary feel that makes Marek’s choices all the more heartbreaking.

Director Biography
Mira Fornay’s first feature Foxes premiered at the International Critics’ Week Competition during the 2009 Venice Film Festival and played in many other international film festivals, including SIFF in 2010. My Dog Killer is her second feature.

Director: Mira Fornay
Principal Cast: Adam Mihál, Marián Kuruc, Irena Bendová, Libor Filo
Premier Status: North America
Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Juraj Buzalka
Screenplay: Mira Fornay
Cinematographers: Tomáš Sysel
Editors: Hedvika Hansalová
Website: http://www.m-appeal.com/M-Appeal.com/our_films/Pages/MY_DOG_KILLER.html
Awards: Rotterdam Film Festival 2013 (Tiger Award)
Filmography: Foxes (2009)
Language: Slovak
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: m-Appeal
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