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Slovak National Nomination for the Oscars is Koza

The Slovak nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film Award of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), also known as the Oscar, is Koza by Ivan Ostrochovský.

The submission for the Oscars Foreign Language Category is based on the voting of the members of the Slovak Film and Television Academy. SFTA members have chosen Ostrochovský´s film from the following films which fulfilled the AMPAS conditions:

Love in Your Soul (d. M. Čengel Solčanská)
Comeback (d. M. Remo)
Hostage (d. J. Nvota)
So Far, so Near (d. J. Vojtek)
Seven Ravens (d. A. Nellis)
Koza (d. I. Ostrochovský)
Through the Eyes of the Photorgrapher (d. M. Mináč)

In addition, Koza was also selected for EFA Selection 2015 for this year´s EFA Awards (for more: see link below).

Nominations for the Oscars will be announced in January 14, 2016, the ceremony will be held on February 28, 2016 in LA.  


SK, CZ / 2015 / 75 min. / fiction
Director: Ivan Ostrochovský

Peter "Koza" Baláž is a former Olympic boxer. His partner Miša learns that she is expecting a child and decides to terminate her pregnancy. She reassures 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.

Cast: Peter Baláž, Zvonko Lakčević, Ján Franek
Production: sentimentalfilm (SK), endorfilm (CZ), Česká televize (CZ), Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (SK), Punkchart films (SK)

World Premiere: 65. Berlinale


Having his short film Ilja (2010), shot in black and white, presented at Karlovy Vary IFF in 2010, Ivan has since marked a successful route as a director. After several documentary shorts and series, he continued with his debut feature documentary Velvet Terrorists (2013), co-directed by Pavol Pekarčík and Peter Kerekes and premiered at Berlinale in 2014, winning the Tagesspiegel Readers´ Award. The film also won the FEDEORA Award at Karlovy Vary IFF, the Special Mention at the Planete+ Doc, FIPRESCI Award at Novi Sad IFF and the Special Mention of the Jury at the Hamptons IFF. Ivan's debut feature, Koza (2015), celebrated its World Premiere at Berlinale in 2015, and continues in its successful festival journey Vilnius FF (Best Film, Art Cinema Award), Hong Kong IFF, goEast FF (Best Director, FIPRESCI Award), Neisse FF (Best Film), Tarkovsky IFF Zerkalo, Transilvania IFF, Brussels FF, Olhad de Cinema, Edinburgh IFF, La Rochelle FF, with further significant festivals to attend in the following months.

2015, Koza
2013, Velvet Terrorists (co-dir.)

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Related AIC articles:
EFA 2015 - Koza
Oscars 2014 – A Step Into a Dark
Oscars 2013 - My Dog Killer
Oscars 2012 - Made in Ash
Oscars 2011 - Gypsy

published: 21.09.2015
updated: 23.09.2015