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Slovak director Mira Fornay wins 2013 Rotterdam Tiger Award

Young Slovak filmmaker Mira Fornay won one of the three Hivos Tiger Awards 2013 for upcoming talents at the 42nd International Film Festival in Rotterdam for her feature My Dog Killer (Môj Pes Killer), the Sme daily reported on its website on February 2.

Young Slovak filmmaker Mira Fornay won one of the three Hivos Tiger Awards 2013 for upcoming talents at the 42nd International Film Festival in Rotterdam for her feature My Dog Killer (Môj Pes Killer), the Sme daily reported on its website on February 2.

Fornay, 35, graduated from the Prague-based FAMU film academy and the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield (United Kingdom). Her feature debut Foxes (Líštičky, 2009) premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was also shown in Rotterdam, the TASR newswire wrote.

My Dog Killer, the filmmaker’s second feature film, was made as a Slovak-Czech co-production and shot at the Slovak-Moravian border area in the spring of 2012. The story depicts the life of an 18-year-old skinhead who tries to deal with the everyday problems of his family.

By recruiting only non-actors and making use of natural sounds and real settings, the young screenwriter and film director managed to capture an authentic, almost documentary portrayal of the bleak lives of the film’s protagonists, TASR reported.

The festival in Rotterdam is known worldwide for selecting films that present new talents and their film debuts. The two other 2013 Tiger awards went to Soldier Jane (Soldate Jeannette) by Daniel Hoesl (Austrian production) and Fat Shaker (Larzanandye Charbi) by Mohammad Shirvani (Iran).

Apart from international recognition, the winners received €15,000 each, TASR wrote.

Source: Sme, TASR

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