Koza

Directed by Ivan Ostrochovský
Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH
2015
75 Minutes
Slovakia, Czech Republic
English, Slovak, Czech
Drama, Sports
Not Rated
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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.

  • Highest Rating
    "A visually impressive docu-fiction hybrid from Slovak multihypenate Ivan Ostrochovsky, “Koza” offers a raw look at a retired Romany boxer who goes back into the ring in hopes of keeping his family together."
    Alissa Simon, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "Starring the titular real-life boxer, who competed in the 1996 Atlanta Games, as a character very close to himself, the film spins a delicate but seductive and darkly absurd story about a man who’s so out of shape and out of synch with the world that he risks literally being beaten to death in order to stop his girlfriend from having another child."
    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "This daring and challenging debut will ... resonate with audiences long after they have watched it, thanks to the virtual absence of pathos and the anticlimactic manner in which this simple yet powerful personal drama unfolds."
    Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa
  • Highest Rating
    "[N]atural comedy and undeniable pathos."
    Ben Nicholson, CineVue

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