The boy’s name is Alex, but in the world of gamers where he spends most of his time, he is known as Koss. The enormous amount of time he spends at the computer screen starts to pay off: in the games’ clubs in his small Ukrainian village, he is the undisputed king of the shooting game Quake, admired by the 'noobs' - the younger and less experienced players he defeats digitally. But there is also a different side. The endless games are getting in the way of his study at technical college, to the great dismay of his single mother. In a realistic style, filmed at a real game tournament with real gamers in the leading roles, debuting director Oleg Sentsov shows the rise of 'Koss'. Because Alex has plans: he’s going to be the greatest and that will solve everything. Step-by-step, he approaches his goal: to be world champion. But will success bring him what he wants? And what if he doesn’t win?
Critics’ Prize | KhantyMansiysk IFF, Russia, 2011
Best Feature Film | Truskavets IFF, Ukraine, 2011
CAST & CREW
Oleg Sentsov, Olga Zhurzhenko
Director of Photography
Egor Petrik, Gennadiy Veselkov
Vladislav Zhuk, Alexander Fedotov, Janna Buruk
Born 1976, Simferopol, Ukraine. Studeid at the Kiev National Economic University (1993-98).
A Perfect Day for Bananafish (2008), The Horn of a Bull (2009), Gaamer (2011).