Gritty Eyes

fiction film  |  30 min  |  2023  |  SK, CZ

When growing up hurts like hell

written and directed by
Juraj Janiš
Barbara Janišová Feglová, Julie Marková, Žačková
Zuzana Balkóová (RTVS)
Filip Marek
Marek Kráľovský
Jonatán Pastirčák
sound design
Samuel Jurkovič


When a fifteen-year-old boy from a broken home gets sucked into a burglary that goes terribly wrong, he is brutally forced to reconsider just whom he can really trust before it is too late.

"I believe in the healing power of a story. That’s why I regard the making of a film about poverty and what it leads to as my contribution to the society in which I live. But the story of the „Gritty Eyes“ is also my expression of the belief that people always have a choice to change for the better, no matter how bad are the cards dealt against them by life. As much as my film might feature elements of a social commentary, it is above all a personal drama, a coming-of-age story concerning a fraction of human experience that keeps reappearing throughout the history of mankind."
Juraj Janiš, director