Slovakia, Czech Republic 2015
I knew that hiring him to do the film would also make his life a bit easier – he would get paid and would get some extra cash beside his low disability pension. He was glad to have this opportunity and he hoped his life would change.
Of course, nobody can change your life for you. You only can do it on your own. But what helped Koza is that for four years, during the time we were preparing and shooting the film, he was in contact with a different reality, which, of course, influenced him, changed his perception of life, moved him into a different direction.
Koza's story is tough and sad, it deals with several pressing and complicated issues, but that was not the storyline we wanted to emphasize. On the contrary, we even wanted to repress it to avoid the pathos which usually emerges when one stresses pain, misery and misfortune.
To express the “step-back” formally, as well, with cinematographer Martin Kollár we decided to shoot the film with a static camera and in long shots. That gives the audience a bit of a psychological distance and emotional freedom in the film.
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Ivan Ostrochovský
Written by : Marek Leščák, Ivan Ostrochovský
Produced by : Marek Urban, Ivan Ostrochovský, Jiří Konečný
Director of Photography : Martin Kollár
Editor : Viera Čákanyová, Maroš Šlapeta, Matej Beneš, Peter Morávek
Sound Design : Tobias Potočný
Main Cast : Peter Baláž (Koza), Stanislava Bongilajová (Miša), Nikola Bongilajová (Nikolka), Zvonko Lakčević (Zvonko), Tatiana Piussi (hitchhiker), Ján Franek (Franek)
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Feature Film Selection 2015