To earn money to pay for the abortion of his unwanted child, a former Olympic boxer embarks on a journey to his final defeat.


Peter "Koza" Baláž is struggling to make ends meet. Miša learns that she is expecting a child and decides to terminate her pregnancy. She pressures Koza to get money for the procedure. Koza, who has not trained in a while, steps back into the ring, hoping to earn some much-needed cash and possibly change Miša's mind. He and his manager, Zvonko, embark on a "tour", where success is not measured in victories, but in the amount of blows that Koza can take.

KOZA features Peter Baláž, who competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and Ján Franek, Olympic medallist from Moscow 1980, as his coach. Featuring the outstanding performances of non-professional actors and blurring the lines between representation and presence, KOZA is a powerful and haunting challenge to the concept of authenticity.


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Director: Ivan Ostrochovský
Genre: Drama
Original title: Koza
English title: Koza
Country of production: Slovakia, Czech Republic
Year of production: 2015
Length: 75 minutes
Color: Colour
Screening format: DCP / BluRay
Original language: Slovak, Czech, English, German

Subtitles: English, Slovak, Czech
Cast: Peter Baláž, Zvonko Lakčević, Ján Franek, Stanislava Bongilajová, Nikola Bongilajová, Tatiana Piussi
Scriptwriter: Marek Leščák, Ivan Ostrochovský
Director of photography: Martin Kollár
Editor: Viera Čákanyová, Maroš Šlapeta, Matej Beneš, Peter Morávek
Sound design: Tobias Potočný
Producers: Marek Urban, Jiří Konečný, Ivan Ostrochovský
Co-producers: Kamila Zlatušková, Tibor Búza, Maroš Šlapeta
Production company: sentimentalfilm, endorfilm
Co-production company: Česká televize, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, Punkchart films

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Festivals / Awards

Berlinale Forum 2015 - World Premiere (Nomination for the Best First Feature Award)
Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival 2015, China
Vilnius Internatinal Film Festival 2015, Lithuania - Best Film Award and CICAE Award
goEast Film Festival 2015, Germany - Best Director Award and FIPRESCI Award
IndieLisboa Independent Film Festival 2015, Portugal - TVCine & Séries Special Mention
Neisse Film Festival 2015, Germany - Best Film Award
Jeonju Int'l Film Festival 2015, South Korea
Transilvania Int'l Film Festival 2015, Romania
Brussels Film Festival 2015, Belgium
Tarkovsky Filmfest "Zerkalo" 2015, Russia
Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba Int'l Film Festival 2015, Brasil - Best Film Award, Abraccine Critics' Award
Shanghai Int'l Film Festival 2015, China
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015,United Kingdom
La Rochelle Int'l Film Festival 2015, France
Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 2015, Czech Republic
Golden Apricot FF Yerevan 2015, Armenia
Pula Film Festival 2015, Croatia - Best Film Award (Neighbours And Friends Programme Jury), Special Mention (International Programme Jury)
European Film Festival Palic 2015, Serbia - Seyfi Teoman Award (for the bravest first or second feature film)
Melbourne International Film Festival 2015, Australia
23rd Film Indian Summer - Best Film
31st Warsaw FF, Poland - Free Spirit Award 
4th Detour Travel FF, Italy - Best Film
30th Mar del Plata IFF, Argentina - Silver Astor for Best Director 
30th Mar del Plata IFF, Argentina - SIGNUS (World Catholic Association for Communication) Award
Geneva IFF Tous Ecrans, Switzerland - Special Mention
14th CINEDAYS Festival of European Film, Macedonia - Silver Star Award for Best Director
Edirne IFF, Turkey - Best Film
2morrow IFF, Russia - Best Film
Santa Barbara IFF, USA
A l´Este du Nouveau, Rouen, France
Maryland Film Festival, USA
CONSTRUIR CINE, Labor Film Festival Buenos Airles, Argentina
Al Este de Lima, Peru - Press Jury Award
Czech In, France
Osteuropäische Filmtage Dresden, Germany
Al Este del Plata, Argentina - Best First Feature Award
European Film Screenings 2016, United Arabs Emirates
Segovia's European Film Festival (MUCES), Spain
Visegrad-Turkish Culture, Turkey


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