Behind the Scenes at the Cannes Film Festival

Cagey Tigers is a relaxing movie, where nobody dies or loses anything. It is a psychological film about the friendship of two best friends. They face an inner dilemma when they fall in love with the same guy: how to be honest with your intimate feelings and when fulfilling those feelings and desires, how to be considerate of the people around you, especially of those closest to you.

What kind of approach to the story was important for you as a director?

I tried to involve the actors in the creative process. I wanted to keep just the core of the story and let the actors be themselves in those situations, to say everything in their own words. I encouraged them to remember their own real experiences from their real lives. Sometimes this was successful, other times not so much – those times I had to come up with a script.

Tell us a little bit about the production of the film. What kind of difficulties did you have to face while shooting?

Cagey Tigers is a film from my second year at FAMU. We should have shot the film on video, but as I hate video I decided shooting on film stock with the budget for a video film. A lot of film lovers from the film industry supported us. We had got cheap, slightly expired film stocks, managed to rent the camera equipment for nearly free, and my very good friend Radek Piotrowicz from Poland who worked at a film lab in Copenhagen developed our film stocks for free at weekends. During the process of shooting, the most difficult thing for me personally was to keep breathing after having received a phone call that said that Radek had had a car accident and was not alive any more.

What do you expect from the Cannes Film Festival?

I am glad that I can meet all my leading actors in Cannes. They are great people and we see each other rarely because we all live in different countries: Lynne Siefert is from the USA, Marsel Onisko from the Ukraine and Alena Ninajova from Slovakia, but she studies Portuguese in Lisbon. I am from Slovakia and I study at FAMU in Prague. I haven’t been to Cannes before and I am open to anything that might happen there and afterwards. I can already see, even before it has started, that the selection for the Cannes Film Festival has helped me with my filmmaking. We have been able to make a 35mm print, which would be just a dream without Cannes.

Are you planning your first feature film or do you want to keep on doing shorts?

In the future, I would like to do both.

Find more interviews and articles about the World of Shorts in our Cannes 2011 Special Edition!