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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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Director:
Writers:
Pavel Taussig (story)
Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 January 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The perfect grouch has met his match. A five-year-old boy named Kolya.
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 20 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Thoughtful, Luminous Film See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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
 
Stunts
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
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some sensuality
Runtime:
105 min | 111 min (director's cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
45 weeks after it was first released, this was still in the top 3 in the Czech Republic's box office charts.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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Soundtrack:
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Thoughtful, Luminous Film, 13 August 2001
Author: gws-2 from United States

What is a man to do who has resisted marriage until late middle age but then enters into a fraudulent marriage of convenience and ends up solely responsible for a five year old in the bargain? That is Franta Louka's dilemma in this beautiful film.

Louka, played by Zdenek Sverak who also wrote the screenplay, is a onetime philharmonic cellist who has lost his orchestra job because the Soviet era Czech communist powers-that-be deem him unreliable. As a consequence Louka has been reduced to playing at weddings and funerals and re-gilding cemetery tombstones. He has no car and is deeply in debt. In order to finance a car and reduce his debt Louka lets a coworker from the cemetery convince him to marry a Russian woman so that she can emigrate to the West. Louka reluctantly agrees and married the woman but the Russian decamps. This ultimately results in Louka becoming solely responsible for the woman's five year old boy -- who only speaks Russian.

Louka and the little boy's relationship is both believable and moving. "Kolya" is very nearly a great film. Highly, highly recommended. 9 out of 10.

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