Youth Hockey Drama ‘The Pack’ Seeks Funds in the Asian Project Market

Czech Republic/Latvia co-production “The Pack” is at Busan’s Asian Project Market seeking the remainder of its $1.4 million budget, having raised more than $400,000 already.

The film will follow a 16-year-old diabetic ice hockey player who deals with bullying on the team. Director Tomas Polensky, who has shot a six-minute pilot for the film, has personal experience of the sport. His sister, Alana Polenska, is the captain of the Czech national woman’s ice hockey team, and Polensky has been an ice hockey player for 16 years. “I know the environment well,” Polensky told Variety.

“I experienced bullying from both sides, from the position of the victim and the position of the aggressor, so I thought it would be interesting to talk about it and make a movie about it,” says Polensky. “I love to study psychology and the main question is what makes us being aggressive and I wanted to deal with this question.” The film’s protagonist takes revenge for being bullied and experiences regret for his own aggression.

Polensky’s debut is the nearly complete documentary “Instrument of War,” another film about aggression that deals with the psychology of a soldier. Polensky asked a Czech veteran of the Afghan war to teach him how to be a soldier, and documented the experience.

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