Gritty Eyes

fiction film  |  30 min  |  2023  |  SK, CZ

When growing up hurts like hell

writer, director
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