Slovakia Chooses Berlin’s ‘Goat’ as Oscar Submission

Slovakia Chooses Berlin's 'Goat' as Oscar Submission

The Slovak Film and Television Academy has chosen "Goat" (Koza) as the film that will represent the country in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards. 

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"Goat" is Ivan Ostrochovský‘s narrative feature debut and follows a former Olympic boxer from the Roma ethnic group who represented Slovakia in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Koza or Goat, as the fighter is nicknamed, is now back on the ring hoping to make enough money to settle a personal affair. Peter Baláz, who plays the lead role, is the real life Koza playing himself in this fictionalized version of his life after the Olympics. 

Ostrochovský’s film premiered at this year’s Berlinale in the Forum section and went on to play at other smaller festival across the globe. 

International sales are being handled by Pluto Film Distribution. U.S. rights are still available. 

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Slovakia has steadily submitted films for AMPAS consideration since 1993, but the country’s yet to receive a nomination. 

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