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Kolya -- Winner of the Academy Award(R) and Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film, this irresistible comedy treat was embraced by critics and audiences everywhere! A confirmed bachelor is in for the surprise of his life when a get-rich-quick scheme backfires.


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Pavel Taussig (story)
Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 January 1997 (USA) See more »
The perfect grouch has met his match. A five-year-old boy named Kolya.
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Zdenek Sverák ... Louka
Andrey Khalimon ... Kolja (as Andrej Chalimon)
Libuse Safránková ... Klára
Ondrej Vetchý ... Broz
Stella Zázvorková ... Mother
Ladislav Smoljak ... Houdek
Irina Bezrukova ... Nadezda (as Irina Livanova)

Silvia Suvadová ... Blanka
Liliyan Malkina ... Tamara (as Lilian Malkina)
Karel Hermánek ... Musil
Petra Spalková ... Pasa
Nella Boudová ... Brozová
René Pribil ... Pokorný
Miroslav Táborský ... Novotný
Slávka Budínová ... Bustiková
Jirí Sovák ... Ruzicka
Josef Lakatos
Lubomir Pisa
F.X. Thuri
Milan Hermánek
Netta Deborská
Pavel Taussig
Marek Daniel
Vera Uzelacová
Miriam Chytilová
Otmar Brancuzský
Regina Rázlová ... Zubatá
Veronika Freimanová ... Pediatrist
Magda Sebestová ... Zuzana

Filip Renc ... Photographer
Pavel Vondruska
Hana Militká
Emma Cerná ... Doctor at Hospital
Eva Klepácová
Lena Birková
Jan Kaspar
Jana Altmanová
Petr Splichal
Olga Cesková ... Voice-Over
Lída Rakusanová ... Voice-Over
Pavel Pechácek ... Voice-Over
Vera Cermáková ... Voice-Over
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Kubelík ... Himself (Philharmonic Conductor) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jan Sverák 
Writing credits
Pavel Taussig (story)

Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)

Produced by
Eric Abraham .... producer
Ernst Goldschmidt .... co-producer
Jirí Jezek .... line producer
Pavel Solc .... line producer
Jan Sverák .... producer
Jan Jíra .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ondrej Soukup 
Cinematography by
Vladimír Smutný 
Film Editing by
Alois Fisárek 
Casting by
Sona Tichácková 
Art Direction by
Milos Kohout  (as Milos J. Kohout)
Costume Design by
Katarina Hollá 
Makeup Department
Bozena Dosla .... makeup artist
Frantisek Prihoda .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nikola Hejko .... third assistant director
Slavek Horak .... second assistant director
David Rauch .... first assistant director
Art Department
Milan Babik .... stand-by props
Milada Fischerova .... graphic designer
Filip Heyduk .... graphic designer
Milan Janostik .... stand-by props
Vaclav Klabik .... construction coordinator
Martin Ptacek .... set dresser
Martin Slavicek .... set dresser
Petr Stambach .... construction coordinator
Richard Trtek .... stand-by props
Karel Vanásek .... property master
Ivan Vilimek .... set dresser
Jan Vlasák .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Roman Capek .... boom operator
Tomás Lylo .... boom operator
Zbynek Mikulik .... sound designer
Zbynek Mikulik .... sound mixer
Pavel Rejholec .... digital editor
Pavel Rejholec .... sound dubbing
Ellen Schafer .... sound design consultant: France
Ivo Spalj .... sound mixer (as Ing. Ivo Spalj)
Bruce Stubblefield .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Pavel Kryml .... special effects
Boris Masník .... special effects
Jirí Simunek .... special effects
Miroslav Snabl .... special effects
Antonin Hausknecht .... stunt coordinator (as Antonin Hansknecht)
Jaroslav Peterka .... stunt coordinator
Jaroslav Psenicka .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Pavel Bebr .... key grip
Jaroslav Betka .... chief electrician
Viktor Bruna .... electrician
Jan Carda .... camera operator
Ivan Ksandr .... electrician
Vaclav Ksandr .... assistant camera
Edita Leva .... clapper loader
Frantisek Panocha .... electrician
Petr Pazderka .... key grip
Leopold Rozboud .... electrician
Miroslav Soukup .... key grip
Radek Stefan .... assistant camera
Rene Vlk .... key grip
Miroslav Vojkuvka .... assistant camera
Zdenek Vávra .... still photographer
Jan Carda .... focus puller: main camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sona Tichácková .... additional casting
Ivan Vorlícek .... additional casting
Lenka Stefankovicova .... additional casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Hubackova .... wardrobe assistant
Marta Jencova .... wardrobe assistant
Alexander Kiss .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Ivan Frossl .... assistant editor
Music Department
Juraj Durovic .... music mixer
Leos Svarovsky .... conductor
Transportation Department
Václav Janousek .... driver
Jan Skála .... driver
Other crew
Kristian Bily .... translator (as Ing. Kristian Bily)
Jan Bosela .... assistant to producers: Biograf Jan Sverak
David Brynda .... caterer
Klara Bukovska .... production assistant
Zuzana Cervenková .... production assistant
Valerie Dhiver .... production coordinator: France
Berenice Fugard .... assistant to producers: Portobello Pictures
Ilann Girard .... production associate: France
Irena Hadacova .... script editor: France
Billy Hinshelwood .... production lawyer (as William Hinshelwood)
Barbora Hlavacova .... translator
Daniela Humlova .... continuity
Ondrej Jezek .... production assistant
Jesswyn Jones .... subtitler
Frantisek Koch .... military equipment supervisor
Jiri Koubik .... pilot
Ivana Kvapilova .... production accountant
Vladimir Kvarda .... pilot
Zbynek Mikulik .... pilot
Vaclav Nemecek .... caterer
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance
Václav Sasek .... script executive (as Dr. Václav Sasek)
J.B. Sayer .... translator
Petr Sindelar .... pilot
Mirko Skampa .... technical consultant
Pavel Taussig .... story idea (as Dr. Pavel Taussig)
Aneta Valaskova .... production assistant
Jana Vesela .... production assistant
Anna Vásová .... script executive
Jitka Zemenova .... caterer
Tomás Baldýnský .... special thanks
Magda Bicíková .... special thanks (as Magdalena Bicíková)
Libor Bruha .... special thanks
Emilie Cagaskova .... special thanks
Stanislav Cajthaml .... special thanks
Filip Chodakov .... special thanks
Misa Dostalova .... special thanks
Jiri Fohler .... special thanks
Irena Frycova .... special thanks
Mira Haviarova .... special thanks
Ludvik Hess .... special thanks
Frantisek Heusler .... special thanks
Jaroslava Hlavesova .... special thanks
Zdenek Hoffman .... special thanks
Jaroslav Kolman .... special thanks
Jitka Kovarova .... special thanks
Martin Kubala .... special thanks
Jiri Merunka .... special thanks
Ivo Pelant .... special thanks
Vitek Petrasek .... special thanks (as Vit Petrasek)
Olga Reruchova .... special thanks
Helena Rohanova .... special thanks
Jaroslav Schreder .... special thanks
Petr Simák .... special thanks
Radim Stetina .... special thanks
Drahomíra Vihanová .... special thanks
Eliska Vitvarova .... special thanks
Ivan Vojnár .... special thanks
Ondrej Zach .... special thanks
Ivan Zachariás .... special thanks
Oldrich Zamostny .... special thanks
Marta Zikanova .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kolja" - Czech Republic (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality
105 min | 111 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The DVD version was the first officially published movie DVD in Region 2.See more »
Continuity: After Kolya becomes lost on the subway network and is trying to negotiate the escalator, he is trying to step onto the left hand side of the up escalator. However, from Kolya's point of view shot, he is trying to step onto the right hand side of the up escalator.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Holiday (2006)See more »
Hospodin jest muj pastyr (The Lord is My Shepherd)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful film, 11 September 2002
Author: Dan Harkless from United States

I've seen a number of U.S. movies filmed in Czechoslovakia, but this is the first Czech film I've seen. Seeing this makes me understand how Czechoslovakia could have a fairly booming film industry.

This movie came on on cable network IFC and it first grabbed my attention because I didn't recognize what language the characters were speaking. Within a couple of minutes, however, the movie itself had hooked me, though it's not the type of story I'd usually seek out. Indeed I was late to work and really wanted to get going, but I was unable to tear myself away.

Beyond the great writing, acting, and directing, this film has some truly amazing cinematography. There are occasions where the filmmakers seem to have commanded the universe around them to get these shots. In one scene, the lead character looks up through his car's windshield as he's driving, and in perfect synchronization the reflection of the airliner he was looking at passes across the windshield. Even more amazing was the shot from well up in the air, with the lead characters' car driving up the road, a train going up a track in parallel to them, and a hawk (or eagle?) hovering right in front of the camera and then diving off to the side -- and they got this shot right at "magic hour". In Hollywood CGI surely would have been used to coordinate this ballet of elements.

There were also many shots incorporating wonderfully poetic imagery. One of my favorites was the lead character staring into the reflective doors at the airport which close and reveal him to himself, standing there utterly alone.

One more comment -- another reviewer called the ending "predictable", but I'd have to disagree. I really didn't know where the movie would end up, and in fact it was portrayed so subtly that I had to rewind the final scene to be sure what had happened, and then go back and re-watch a prior scene that contained a seemingly throwaway line that bears on the ending.

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