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My Dog Killer to bite at Rotterdam's competition


- After her debut was selected for Venice's Critic's Week, Mira Fornay is set to compete in Rotterdam as first Slovak filmmaker ever

Slovak born director Mira Fornay, whose debut Foxes [+see also:
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(2009) dealt with the necessities of young people from the middle of Europe, once again returns to burdensome settings, this time around the border between Czech and Slovak republics.

Her second feature film My Dog Killer (Môj pes Killer) was shot as a Slovak-Czech co-production and originates from a screenplay selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market in 2010 and supported at Thessaloniki. Dealing with a troubled eighteen-year-old youngster who can emotionally attach only to his dog, the film thoroughly explores the village where he lives and the mostly grudging relationships there.

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Hinting at the interconnectedness of racism and emotional deprival, Fornay tries to explore topics even more serious than are the parameters of an antique drama, which her film tends to resemble, as it may recall the strategies of Ulrich Seidl.

The film is Slovakia's first to compete in Rotterdam, while Czech republic's Bohdan Slama won the 2002 edition with his The Wild Bees (Divoke vcely).

The 42nd edition of Rotterdam IFF takes places from January 23rd until February 3rd. The film will have its world premiere January 29th.

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