THE SLOVAK film Môj pes Killer (My Dog Killer), directed by Mira Fornay, will compete for the prestigious American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award (AMPAS), otherwise known as the Oscars, in the foreign-language category. The Slovak Film and Television Academy (SFTA) selected it from 12 Slovak films that fulfilled the criteria set by the AMPAS.
The films which were not picked are recent Slovak movies (or co-productions), some of which have already garnered awards at film festivals and are gaining popularity with cinema audiences. Of the 136 SFTA members, 74 participated in the vote, with 34 percent of the votes cast going to My Dog Killer, the TASR newswire wrote.
My Dog Killer was made in 2013 and in February of this year it won one of the three Hivos Tiger Awards at the 42nd International Film Festival in Rotterdam.
The movie shows one day in the life of a teenage boy who lives with his heavily drinking father, a gang of neo-Nazis that makes up for the family he lacks, and his dog, named Killer, with whom he has his strongest emotional tie. His life is turned upside down when he learns why his mother left him in early childhood.