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The Karamazov Brothers (2008)

Karamazovi (original title)
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 »
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »


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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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Great experience of theater, but from a film
2 March 2009 | by htravisSee all my reviews

Is theater entertainment, or do actors in performance live on the sharp edges of blades and ride the needles that cut and sew ideas and social fabrics? Professionally and dispassionately, that is, just like other workers in public service, doing their jobs.

In this movie an intelligent Polish service worker with another career, handyman and building custodian, has the misfortune of preparing a makeshift set in a factory for a production of a "Karamazovs". The production and rehearsal is routine for the actors, but anything but routine for the Pole, for whom is that too-well-lit roadside set of hazard lights and explanations. His perfect storm.

Three times the number of American -based viewers just saw a screening of this as Euoropean IMDb raters, brought with the Director by the Czech Embassy and the Film Curator of the National Gallery of Art.

Be prepared for those serious issues of Fyodor D's: Chance, intent, patrimony and fraternity, predestination, and God. But, you're only watching a rehearsal; and the actors are loose, having done this many times before, so they won't pressure you to TAKE IT ALL SERIOUSLY. You can have a within-you / without-you experience. You're safe, but you've been threatened.

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