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Karamazovi (2008)

A film that examines the relationships between lives on both sides of the proscenium, Petr Zelenka's Karamazovi finds a Prague-based theatrical ensemble arriving in Krakow, Poland - where ... See full summary »


Petr Zelenka


Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel), Evald Schorm (stage adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Michaela Badinková ... Katya
Jerzy Michal Bozyk Jerzy Michal Bozyk ... Pianist
Igor Chmela ... Ivan Karamazov
Malgorzata Galkowska Malgorzata Galkowska
Radek Holub ... Smerdyakov
Lenka Krobotová ... Grushenka
Klára Lidová Klára Lidová ... Dancer
Roman Luknár ... Director
Andrzej Mastalerz ... Serviceman
Marek Matejka Marek Matejka ... Commissioner / Judge
Martin Mysicka ... Alyosha Karamazov
David Novotný ... Dmitriy Karamazov
Jerzy Rogalski
Pavel Simcík ... Innkeeper
Ivan Trojan ... Stary Karamazov


A film that examines the relationships between lives on both sides of the proscenium, Petr Zelenka's Karamazovi finds a Prague-based theatrical ensemble arriving in Krakow, Poland - where its members prepare to mount a stage production of Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.

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Czech | Polish | English

Release Date:

24 April 2008 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

The Karamazovs See more »

Filming Locations:

Hradek, Czech Republic See more »


Box Office


€1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Czech Republic's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »


Referenced in Sama doma: Episode dated 3 May 2017 (2017) See more »

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One of the best Czech movie of the year and Zelenka's best!
26 April 2008 | by marek-slovakSee all my reviews

Karamazovi is newest movie from director Petr Zelenka which is by one group accepted as great screenwriter and really cosmopolitan director and by another group as poseur writing one dimensional characters with unrealistic dialogue and not much good storyteller. Karamazovi, adaptation of Dostojevskij masterpiece, and also adaptation of stage-play written by Czech director Evald Schorm, is his best piece so far.

In Zelenka's movies characters tried to get out from Czech Republic and if foreigns come to us, they're documenting us as some strangers (Japanese in Samotari/Loners). Karamazovi's plot is about concurs for a stage play at alternative festival in Poland and actors plays themselves, one of them trying to get out of Poland because he has got some filming in Czech Republic! Point of view has changed, but great atmosphere (thanks to composer A.P. Kaczmarek and cinematographer) with great actors (especially those who plays in Czech TV shitty-serials).

Zelenka in one interview said that he won't to shot movie like Trier his Dogville/Manderly and that he doesn't like his movies, especially last ones. But Karamazovi is sort of "Five Obstruction" auteur-destruction: Ivan Trojan gives another character DVD Loners (Loners was written by Zelenka and Trojan plays there, he plays even in last Zečlenka's movies Pribehy obycejneho silenstvi and now in Karamazovi) and one of character is epileptic same as Zelenka's wife so it's kind of in-joke.

Main thesis of this movie is that without an audience there is no art. Yeah, Zelenka'not really good storyteller and don't know what to do whit female characters... but Karamazovi is second best Czech movie for long years (after Vnewest movie by director Bohdan Slama Venkovsky ucitel, sadly not at IMDb). If you're thinking that Czech cinematography after 1898 is good, so... You're wrong because by year there's probably 20 or more movies and just three are watchable! And Karamazovi is that sort of movie that isn't good just for Czech audience (yeah, not another tragic comedy by Hrebejk!), but it's great for everybody. Because everyboy's are Karamazovi.

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