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Kolya (1996) More at IMDbPro »Kolja (original title)

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Kolya -- Winner of the Academy Award 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 ... setting off a wild set of circumstances -- and leaving him with a pint-sized new roommate!
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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)

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
Slávek Horák .... 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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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)
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The child actor who plays Kolja, Andrey Khalimon, was not cast until three weeks before filming started.See more »
Anachronisms: Throughout the movie, many background cars are clearly newer than 1989 models. The film is set in 1989.See more »
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A good Czech film--but there are better ones, 23 April 2006
Author: Jugu Abraham ( from Trivandrum, Kerala, India

I am neither Czech nor European. I grew up appreciating the fine Czech cinema of Milos Forman, Jan Kadar and Jiri Menzel. While "Kolya" is refreshing compared to American standards, it lacks the maturity of say Kadar's "Lies my father told me" (Golden Globe winner for best foreign film in 1976) made in Canada—a film in English with a Czech heart and soul or Forman's "Loves of a blonde" (also about music and musicians).

Czech cinema gives a lot of importance to classical Western music. In "Kolya," the emphasis is on Dvorak's Biblical songs—"The Lord is my shepherd" being one. The film might not appear to be religious but interestingly many of Czech filmmakers seem to use religion without making it obvious. (In neighboring Poland, Kieslowski loved to do this to the extent that he made a series of 10 films called "Dekalog" linked to the Ten Commandments.) In the film the child inexplicably swears "Jesus Christ" in Russian. The underlying analogy of a child redeeming the life of wayward adults with no purpose in life is not a surprising turn for east European directors who couch religion in non-religious ambiance. Is it a coincidence that church steeples are visible from the windows and crosses are drawn by a child? As a film, this is at best a good Czech film--nothing more. There have been better Czech films unknown to American and West European audiences.

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