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Love Means Zero

Jason Kohn, USA 2017, 89’
Hal Monrovia, Indiana

Tennis films have been all the rage lately, as exemplified by last year's AFF hits Borg McEnroe and  Battle of the Sexes, and A Coach's Daughter and John McEnroe - In the Realm of Perfection from the 2018 New Horizons FF. This year offers yet another hit,  Love Means Zero, devoted to a legend of American tennis who never won Wimbledon or the French Open, but was behind the wins of many. Nick Bollettieri, famous for his strict and unscrupulous methods, coached champions like Serena Williams, Boris Becker and Andre Agassi. Jason Kohn's documentary devotes the most time to the trainer's relationship with the latter. For an entire decade, the golden child of American tennis was under Bolletieri's tutelage, who offered nearly paternal care over his charges, but could change akin to Jekyll-and-Hyde in the event of their failures. What memories did the narcissistic tyrant's training leave in the minds of his pupils? How does he assess his own life today?

Adam Kruk


Cleveland IFF 2018 – Best Documentary

Jason Kohn

Born in 1984 on Long Island (New York), the American director graduated from Brandeis University (Massachusetts), then interned for two years with Errol Morris, an American filmmaking legend. Kohn's first documentary Send a Bullet (2007) was shot in Brazil and was awarded the Jury Prize and the prize for best cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival. Love Means Zero is his second full-length film; it is largely dedicated to Andre Agassi and coach Nick Bollettieri.


2007 Dostać kulkę / Manda bala / Send a Bullet

2015 Signals (tv, co-dir.)

2017 W tenisie love znaczy zero / Love Means Zero

Cast & Crew

director Jason Kohn
screenplay Jason Kohn
cinematography Eduardo Enrique Mayén
editing Michael X. Flores, Jack Price
music Jonathan Sadoff
cast Nick Bollettieri, Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Carling Bassett
producer Amanda Branson Gill, Jason Kohn, Jill Mazursky, Anne White, David Styne
production Kilo Films
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language English
coloration colour
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