Peter “Koza” Baláž is a former Olympic boxer. He and his partner Miša are 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. There is boxing footage aplenty, but Ostrochovský and director of photography Martin Kollar, who beautifully frames the dark, wintry landscape, primarily focus on the space outside the ring; they avoid stereotyping their subjects and capture welcome moments of gentle humor. (Alissa Simon, Viennale)

Director's Biography
Born in 1972 in Žilina, then ČSSR, now Slovakia, Ivan Ostrochovský studied documentary directing and worked as a director and producer in Bratislava. His first feature-length documentary, VELVET TERRORISTS, premiered at the 2013 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. His debut fiction feature film, KOZA, screened at the Berlinale in 2015 and was selected as Slovakia’s 2016 Oscar entry.
Director's Filmography (Selection)
Služobníci (Servants, 2020) - Koza (2015) - Zamatoví teroristi (Velvet Terrorists, 2013, doc, co-directors: Péter Kerekes, Pavol Pekarčík) - Ilja (2010, doc short)
Tribute 2021
Ivan Ostrochovský
Slovakia / Czech Republic 2015
75 minutes
Slovak / Czech / English / German
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Marek Leščák, Ivan Ostrochovský
Cinematography Martin Kollar
Editing Viera Čákanyová, Maroš Šlapeta, Matej Beneš, Peter Morávek
Sound/Sounddesign Tobias Potočný
With Peter Baláž, Zvonko Lakčević, Ján Franek, Stanislava Bongilajová, Nikola Bongilajová, Tatiana Piussi
Producer(s) Marek Urban, Jiří Konečný, Ivan Ostrochovský, Maroš Šlapeta
sentimentalfilm, endorfilm, Czech Television, Radio and Television of Slovakia, Punkchart films
World Sales
Pluto Film
World Premiere
Berlinale 2015