Director
Ivan Ostrochovský

Filmography
(selected)
2011-2012 Celluloid Country (doc series, TV)
2013 Velvet Terrorists (doc, co-direction)
2014 Pavol Šimai (short doc)
2015 Koza

Biography
Co-owner and producer at Sentimentalfilm and Punkchart films production companies. His feature documentary debut Velvet Terrorists, which he co-directed with Pavol Pekarík and Peter Kerekes, received the Fedeora Award at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2013. Its international premiere screened at the Berlinale Forum and received the Tagesspiegel Readers’ Prize. His feature debut Koza (2015) received the Works in Progress Award for the most promising project at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2014 and premiered at the Berlinale Forum.

Open Horizons

Koza / Ivan Ostrochovský

Peter “Koza” Baláž is a former Olympic boxer. He and his partner, Miša, live in a dilapidated housing estate, constantly 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. The film features Peter Baláž, who competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and Ján Franek, an Olympic medallist from Moscow 1980, as his coach.


Director:Ivan Ostrochovský
Script:Marek Lešcák, Ivan Ostrochovský
Cinematography:Martin Kollár
Editing:Viera Čakányová, Maroš Šlapeta, Matej Beneš, Peter Morávek
Sound:Τobias Potoný
With:Peter Baláž (Koza), Zvonko Lakčević (Zvonko), Ján Franek (Franek), Stanislava Bongilajová (Miša), Nikola Bongilajová (Nikolka), Tatiana Piussi (hitchhiker)
World Sales:Pluto Film Distribution Network, Germany T. +49 157 8227 4916 patricie@plutofilm.de www.plutofilm.de
Producer:Marek Urban, Ivan Ostrochovský, Jiři Konečny
Production:Sentimentalfilm (Slovakia), Endorfilm (Czech Republic)
Production Country:Slovakia-Czech Republic
Co-production:Česká televize, Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, Punkchart films (Czech Republic)
Format:DCP Color
Duration:75'
Production Year:2015
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 22:00 | ID:127
JOHN CASSAVETES:Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 22:30 | ID:557
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 17:00 | ID:925
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