Magazine article Screen International

Goat Wins KV Works in Progress

Magazine article Screen International

Goat Wins KV Works in Progress

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Boxing drama wins top prize; special mentions for The Gulls and Journey to Rome.

Goat (Koza), about a former Olympics boxer who has to get back in the ring for one more fight, has won the Works in Progress prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).

The award, which includes [euro]10,000 in services from Barrandov Studios, was announced at a drinks event in Karlovy Vary.

A statement from the jury said: "The jury was impressed by the high quality of the projects in Works in Progress. We shortlisted three different projects, among them Journey to Rome and The Gulls.

"But the award goes to a project with very strong characters, a sad and funny visual style from a director able to incorporate light-weight touches into heavy-weight narrative with crystal-clear and convincing presentation. The winner of the tenth edition of Works in Progress is Koza (Goat)."

The jury comprised Mihai Chirilov, artistic director and co-founder of the Transylvania International Film Festival; Guillaume de Seille, who runs Paris-based Arizona Productions; and Niloufar Siassi, sales director at Fortissimo Films.

Click here for full KVIFF Works In Progress titles

Goat is a co-production between the Slovak Republic's Endor Film and the Czech Republic's Sentimental Film.

The writer, director and co-producer is Ivan Ostrochovsky, who previously co-directed documentary Velvet Terrorists, which picked up prizes at KVIFF in 2013 and the Berlinale Forum in February.

Goat marks his fiction feature debut and it is currently in post-production with a release slated for January 2015.

The film centres on Romany boxer Peter Baláz (playing himself), whose career peaked in 1996 when he fought for Slovakia in the Altanta Olympics. Years after the event, he is seen living in poverty with his girlfriend Miska in a settlement on the outskirts of town.

Miska finds out that she is pregnant and while Goat wants a child, she refuses as they are in debt with no relief in sight. Intent on having an abortion, she leaves to move in with her parents. Goat decides to earn the money he needs by stepping back in the ring.

Speaking at the Works in Progress event in Karlovy Vary yesterday, Ostrochovsky talked about meeting his leading man and the origin of his name: "I met this boxer Goat. I thought it was because he's ugly and looks like a goat.

"But he told me over a drink that he had eight siblings so was sent to live with his grandmother. He was very small when he was born and needed milk so his grandmother gave him goat's milk and the nickname stayed with him. …

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