Mira Fornay´s My Dog Killer Awarded with the Hivos Tiger AwardThe 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam Hivos Tiger Award went to Mira Fornay´s My Dog Killer.
The jury consisting of Fatemeh Motamedarya (actress, Iran), Sergej Loznica (filmmaker, Rusko), Kees Hin (director, The Netherlands), Jose Luis Cienfuegos (director of Sevilla IFF, Spain) and Ai Weiwei (visual artist and social activist, China) appreciated My Dog Killer for “the challenge for showing a very strong subject from the inside reveals the difficulty of life and a sense of violence.”
In addition, two Tiger Awards also went to Daniel Hoesl’s Soldier Jane and Mohammad Sirvani’s Fat Shaker.
My Dog Killer, the second feature by Mira Fornay and the first Rotterdam Competition entry in the festival´s history, tells a one-day story of eighteen-year-old Marek living near Slovak-Moravian border with his dad and with his racist skinhead friends, however, Marek’s best friend is his dog. Marek’s life is shaken up when he discovers the secret of his lost mother.
This year´s presence at Rotterdam IFF was very significant for Slovak cinema, with two films in the official program: in addition to My Dog Killer, the debut feature by Mátyás Prikler Fine, Thanks was world-premiered in the section Bright Future.
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