The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival chose 15 projects out of 51 submissions to compete as part of its “2014 Works in Progress” feature for awards on 7 July 2014. An international jury then selected the most promising film to receive a prize of EUR 10 000 worth of services from the festival’s partner, Barrandov Studios.
The best film in this category was Ivan Ostrochovský’s Czech-Slovak co-production, “Koza” (Goat).
DESCRIPTION OF THE FILM
In order to feed his family, a boxer sets out on one of his last tours to fight for his dream to the bitter end. Romani boxer Peter Baláž, nicknamed “Koza” (Goat), experienced the peak of his athletic career at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Koza and his girlfriend, Miška, now live in an impoverished settlement on the outskirts of town. Miška discovers she is pregnant, and even though Koza wants the child, she doesn’t want to carry the pregnancy to term because they are too far in debt without any prospect of improvement.
Miška attempts an abortion and leaves Koza, moving in with her parents. Koza decides he will return to the boxing ring to make the money they need.
Source (English language): http://www.romea.cz/en/news/czech/czech-film-festival-awards-film-about-romani-boxer