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Cast overview:
Angela Rodel ...
Ivan Savov ...
Krassimir Dokov ...
Liubov Liubcheva ...
Rousy Chanev ...
Glasat na Kozela / Voice of the Goat
Orhan Tair ...
Obshtinar / Councillor
Khristo Dimitrov ...
Yakub Yakub ...
Pohititel / Ravisher
Rahim Ferad ...
Pohititel / Ravisher
Ivan Dervishev ...
Todor Topuzov ...
Velmozha / Noble
Elitza Djulgerova ...
Uchitelka po bulgarski / Bulgarian language teacher
Elizabeth Setzer ...
Horistka / Choir singer
Madeleine Price ...
Horistka / Choir singer


The billy goat has come down to earth with a mission - to prevent people from finding a treasure hidden near an ancient Thracian sanctuary. The trumpet player, Jonah, moves into the remains of his grandfather's house near where the treasure is hidden. In a tunnel under the house he finds a stone with a bird engraved on it and a map with an inscription in Arabic: "To have a house of gold, fall onto the sky and find the twin!" A copy of the same map brings Rumba and Emma to the same place. Rumba is Bulgarian and a passionate treasure-hunter. His wife is American and studies Bulgarian folklore as a way to fight globalization. Rumba wants to buy Jonah's property so he can find the treasure. Jonah, whose flat in town was taken away from him by other foreigners because of debts, is afraid that the newcomers will deprive him of this property, too. A conflict arises between the foreign woman and the trumpet player that is strengthened by Jonah's extreme nationalism. Two more people get mixed ... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <>

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The film participated in the Festival of East European Cinema in Cottbus, Germany, from November 10-14 2009, in the "Cinema from the Black Sea Region" category. From October 19-26 2009, The Goat participated in the Week of Bulgarian Cinema in Moscow, Veliky Novgorod and St. Petersburg. See more »

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10 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those of you who haven't seen Kozelat yet, please don't let film critiques fool you that this is a film about a "talking goat" or a romantic comedy, because it isn't anywhere near that. Yes, there is a male goat (think of Lassie), but it rather appears as the narrator of the film. Nothing surreal here. The film, as any other, has it's romantic subplot, and it is hilarious for the most part, but if we are to call it a romantic comedy, then we have to call Kosturica's "Underground" a love triangle. Beneath the comical surface there is so much bitterness, that you only have to be part of the Bulgarian culture to really understand and appreciate this work of art. Basically the film is about a stubborn, yet very charming Yona (Ivan Barnev), late thirties, and his quest to preserve his country's long lost identity. The film also raises some political and social issues, but it is not too much to spoil the film. No worries. Kozelat will charm you with its high dosage of Balkan humor, its unforgettable images, and music that will make you numb. This film is definitely worth seeing, trust me! There is something that you will find to like whether it is the beautiful cinematography; the stunning performance of Ivan Barnev; the phenomena Angela Rodel (Emma) who sings beautifully Bulgarian folk songs as she speaks Bulgarian, or simply to see the work of one of the front-runners in Bulgarian cinema,director Georgi Djlgerov. Loved it. Bravo!!!!

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