My World Upside Down
Format: Live-action film
Country of Production: Slovakia
Target Audience: Young adults
Production Company: WHAT IF Films
Producers: Martina Sakova, Daniel Rihák
Scriptwriters: Daniel Rihák, Ján Štiffel, Peter Gašparík
Estimated Budget: 728,000 EUR
Confirmed Financing: 2%
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When Miško discovers his friends think he’s gay, he needs to fix it without hurting those he loves.
Miško (12) is an altar boy from a small village in East Slovakia. He lives his normal carefree life until one day a misunderstanding happens and the whole village starts to think he is gay. Miško is separated from his community and all he wants is to get his friends back. Gradually, however, he begins to understand what it means to be different. Only thanks to this experience is he able to change his views and understand that “love thy neighbour” also includes neighbours that deviate from the conservative village norms. The film shows how a divisive social debate is reflected in the children’s world, how prejudices are formed, but also how tolerance is born.
Martina Sakova is a German-Slovak producer. She has worked on animated shorts, fiction, and documentary films for RTVS, CT, HBO. Her feature Summer Rebels was theatrically released in Germany, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic, acquired by RTVS, NPO, Netflix, and screened in competition at over 30 film festivals worldwide. The film won the German Film Critics Award in 2021.
Producer, scriptwriter, director
Daniel Rihák graduated in film directing at VŠMU Bratislava. His short The Trip was shortlisted for BAFTA Student Film Awards.