Tereza Kotyk

Filmmaker and curator


How did you get into film? What particularly attracted you to become part of this industry?

It brought me to film in multiple loops: besides a curatorial job, during which I produced work by other artists, and a camera apprenticeship, I studied acting in England, and on my return wrote the screenplay for a feature film, which catapulted me into a screenwriting course and finally into directing my first film (www.homeishere.at). I still curate work by artists, but the attraction of finding the narrative in a story of my own and also visualising it has remained.


What distinguishes Tirol as film region for you?

I like the ease with which you can start a conversation in Tirol. The fact that you can go scouting for locations immediately and that the combination of nature and art carries itself so well. That can be an excellent common goal, to find a common narrative at this interface.


We are curious: Tell us your favourite location in Tirol!

I am very bad at ‚having to commit to one thing‘. But if I may pick up on the preceding: I like the arc of tension in Tirol. So when I think of my first film, Home is Here, the arc of ‚Architecture in the Olympic Village‘ and the enchanted Berglsteinersee was a dream!


And now: The stage is yours! Please introduce yourself and your field of activity.

My cinematic work is a bit like me: multi-layered 😉 I’m interested in effects, not facts, relationships and influences. This is also where I see my responsibility as a filmmaker and curator: what change can a work bring? What does it bring to the audience to engage with my work or to look at my images, my narrative? What can I give viewers? This shapes my work as much as I create it: in Home is Here, it was important to me to allow a young woman to stay with herself and consistently follow her path. In my current film, Das Auenhaus, I am interested, among other things, in what generations of a family pass on – what courage, what longings, but also what wildness can be found in their nature. Film is an experience and also carries a lot of life in it!


The Soap Room
Tereza Kotyk
Innstraße 23
6020 Innsbruck
Mob.: +43 664 5313074
Mail: tereza@thesoaproom.com