Koza

by Ivan Ostrochovský
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Sunday 18 October – 6.15 pm • Cinema PORTOastra

COMPETITION

Peter “Koza” Baláž is a retired Olympic boxer. He lives hand-to-mouth in a crumbling house with his partner, Misha. One day Misha finds out she’s pregnant; she decides to end her pregnancy and asks Koza to find the necessary money. The boxer, now out of shape, decides to return to the ring, beginning a hectic “tour” of matches.

Koza’s story is tough, sad, and involves several, urgent and complex issues. However, this is not the aspect of the story we wanted to emphasize; on the contrary, we even tried to “choke” it to avoid a certain type of pathos that usually emerges when you emphasize pain, misery and misfortune. To express this “step back” on a formal level, my cinematographer and I decided to shoot the film with static and long shots, in order to create a psychological distance and an emotional freedom from the story.
(Ivan Ostrochovský)

Slovakia, Czech Republic
Colour, 2015, 75’
Original Language Slovak, Czech, English, German
World Premiere 65° Berlin International Film Festival

ITALIAN PREMIERE

Director
Ivan Ostrochovský
Screenplay
Ivan Ostrochovský, Marek Leščák
Cinematography
Martin Kollár
Editing
Viera Čakányová
With
Peter Baláž, Zvonko Lakčevič, Ján Franek, Stanislava Bongilajová, Nikola Bongilajová, Tatiana Piussi
Production
Sentimentalfilm, Endorfilm, Česká televize, Punkchart Films

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Biografia

Ivan Ostrochovský (Žilina, 1972) graduated at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava . He is co-founder of the production companies  Sentimentalfilm and Punkchart Films. He debuted in documentary cinema with Velvet Terrorists, directed with Pekarčík Pavol and Peter Kerekes and presented in 2013 at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Koza is his first fiction film

Filmography
  • Koza (2015)
  • Pavol Šimai (doc. 2012)
  • Velvet Terrorists (doc. 2006)

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