Directed by Olmo Omerzu
San Sebastian Film Festival 2015 - New Directors
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Synopsis A husband and wife set sail across the ocean, leaving their two children to explore the freedom of being home alone. The boat goes under, and so does the family. A dog, stuck on a desert island, is their only hope.
Cast Karel Roden, Vanda Hybnerová, Daniel Kadlec, Jenovéfa Boková, Eliska Krenkova, Martin Pechlát
Crew Screenwriters: Olmo Omerzu & Nebojša Pop-Tasić
Director of Photography: Lukáš Milota
Set Designer: Iva Nēmcová
Costume Designer: Marjetka Kürner Kalous
Make-up: Kristyna Jurečková, Anke Saboundjian
Line Producer: Eva Kovárová
Editor: Janka Vlčková
Sound Designer: Florian
Production: Endor Film, 42film, Arsmedia, Rouge International, Punkchart films, Ceska televize
Original Title Rodinny Film
Length 95 mins
Format DCP, 1:1,85, colour, sound 5.1
San Sebastian Film Festival 2015, New Directors (Spain) / Ostrava Kamera Oko (Czech Republic) / CineEast Luxembourg / Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 (Japan), In Competition, Best Artistic Contribution / Film Festival Cottbus 2015 (Germany), In Competition, Special Prize for an Outstanding Actor / Minsk Int'l Film Festival Listapad / Liffe Film Festival (Slovenia) / Int'l Film Festival Bratislava (Slovakia) / Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia) / Torino Film Festival (Italy) / Marrakech Int'l Film Festival (Morocco) / Vilnius Film Festival (Lithuania) / Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey) / Seattle International Film Festival (USA) / Transilvania Int'l Film Festival (Romania) / Al Este de Lima Film Festival (Peru) / EU Film Days (Japan) / Taipei Film Festival (Taiwan) / Pula Film Festival (Croatia) / Dubrovnik Film festival (Croatia) / New Zealand Int'l Film Fest (NZ) / European Film Festival Palic (Serbia) / Melbourne Int'l Film Festival (Australia) / Espoo Cine Film Festival 2016 (Finland)/ International Motivational Film Festival 2016 (Russia)/ Films By The Sea 2016 (Benelux)/ Helsinki International Film festival 2016 (Finland)/ Czech & Slovak Film Festival 2016 (Australia)/ Al Este de Lima Buenos Aires 2016 (Argentina)/ CPH PIX 2016 (Denmark)/ Czech Film Festival in Zagreb 2016 (Croatia)/ Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2016 (USA)/ Cairo International Film Festival 2016 (Egypt)/ Segovia's European Film Festival MUCES 2016 (Spain)/ Made In Prague Film Festival 2016 (UK)/ Film Festival Czech In 2016 (Russia)/ EU Film Festival in Hong Kong 2017 (Hong Kong)/ Let's CEE FIlm Festival 2017 (Austria)/ Chicago European Union Film Festival 2017 (USA)/ More to be announced soon ...
"Olmo Omerzu’s second feature is an impressively controlled drama which slowly reveals a bleakly ironic tone as it traces the disintegration of a seemingly happy bourgeois family. (The Prague-based Slovenian director’s well-received debut, A Night Too Young, premiered in the Berlinale Forum in 2012.) On the surface, this follow-up is a rather arid, chilly exercise with a touch of Michael Haneke or Ruben Ostlund, but behind the director’s detached, anthropological view of the human condition lurks an unwavering commitment to six troubled characters (seven, if you include Otto the dog).
Brilliantly measured, yet for this reason also tense and edgy in its charting of a dissolution, Family Film needs no Funny Games descent into malice to make its point."
Screendaily (Full review here)
"Slovenian writer-director Olmo Omerzu continues his methodical progress towards the European art-cinema big leagues with debut feature Family Film (Rodinny film), which thankfully proves much more stimulating than its blandly generic title. A structurally ambitious study of a well-heeled Czech household's human and canine members which takes surprising geographical and thematic detours, it premiered in San Sebastian's New Directors competition and could plausibly scoop the section´s $55,000 pot. Further festival play is a given for this Czech-German-French-Slovenian-Slovakian co-production, which among other achievements showcases a highly promising young actress in the form of Elisa Krenkova."
Hollywood Reporter (Full review here)
"Fun and games for all the family take a mordant turn in “Family Film,” a story of parental negligence and youthful irresponsibility that young and old might prefer to watch in separate rooms. Irony-attuned audiences, however, will find plenty to enjoy in this elegant, darkly unpredictable fusion of ashen black comedy and urgent domestic drama, in which a standard home-alone setup degenerates into a tense worst-case scenario from every perspective — even that of the family border collie. The plucky pup’s own dramatic arc is the most beguiling of many curiosities in Slovenian director Olmo Omerzu’s perverse but poignant second feature, which should turn a number of unrelated heads on the festival circuit — among them, distributors with a taste for straight-faced eccentricity. Don’t hold your breath for a Disney remake."
Variety (Full review here)
"Family Film is a rich, satisfying experience of a minimalist story line that includes a handful of unforeseen developments, all presented with a firm hand and no desire to shock. The director is in complete control of his material, and while a few characters lack depth or motivation, the last act of the film is a wonderful display of a range of feelings, from passive aggression to love and forgiveness."
Prague Post (Full review here)
"With this sophomore feature, 30-year-old Sloveian director Olmo Omerzulooks poised to joing Michael Haneke and Ruben Ostlund as one of European cinema's premier dissectors of human frailty. The ironically titles 'Family Film' charts the decline of a seemingly perfect middle-class clan after the parents go on holiday, leaving their teenage kids at home. The movie earned some positive reviews at San Sebastian Int'l Film Festival last month, not least for an inspired final act that shifts the focus tothe family's dog, Otto."
The Japan Times
Olmo Omerzu (Ljubljana, 1984) studied at the FAMU in Prague, where he directed several short films and a 40-minute feature film, The Second Act (2008), screened and awarded prizes at several European festivals. In 2011, Omerzu graduated from the FAMU with his first fiction feature A Night Too Young. Following its successful premiere in the Forum section of the 2012 Berlinale, the film was invited to numerous international festivals, winning several awards.
Photos from the World Premiere in San Sebastian