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Director  Jan Sverak
Music director  Ondrej Soukup
Country  Czech Republic
7.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama, Music
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Language  Czech, Slovak and Russian
Release date  May 1996 (premiere at Cannes) 15 May 1996 (Czech Republic) 24 January 1997(U.S.) 3 April 1997 (Australia) 9 May 1997 (UK)
Writer  Pavel Taussig (story), Zdenek Sverak (screenplay)
Songs  Spolu
Cast  Andrei Chalimon (Kolya), Zden?k Sv?rák (František Louka), Libuše Šafránková (Klára), Ond?ej Vetchý (Mr. Brož), Stella Zázvorková (Louka's Mother)
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Kolya (Czech: Kolja) is a 1996 Czech drama film about a man whose life is reshaped in an unexpected way. The film was directed by Jan Svěrák and stars his father, Zdeněk Svěrák, who also wrote the script from a story by Pavel Taussig. Kolya earned critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


Kolya movie scenes


Kolya movie scenes

The film begins in 1988 as the Soviet bloc is beginning to disintegrate. František Louka, a middle-aged Czech man dedicated to bachelorhood and the pursuit of women, is a concert cellist struggling to eke out a living by playing funerals at the Prague crematorium. He has lost his previous job at the Czech Philharmonic, having been half-accidentally blacklisted as "politically unreliable" by the authorities. A friend offers him a chance to earn a great deal of money through a sham marriage to a Russian woman to enable her to stay in Czechoslovakia. The woman then uses her new citizenship to emigrate to West Germany, where her boyfriend lives.

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Due to a concurrence of circumstances, she has to leave behind her 5-year-old son, Kolya, for the disgruntled Czech musician to look after. At first Louka and Kolya have communication difficulties, as they don't speak each other's languages and the many false friend words that exist in Czech and Russian add to the confusion. Gradually, though, a bond forms between Louka and Kolya. The child suffers from suspected meningitis and has to be placed on a course of carefully monitored antibiotics. Louka is threatened with imprisonment for his suspect marriage and the child may be placed in a Russian children's home. The Velvet Revolution intervenes though, and Kolya is reunited with his mother. Louka and Kolya say their goodbyes.

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Bachelor Louka ends up fathering a child with his girlfriend - perhaps a replacement for lost Kolya - and regains his position as a virtuoso with the philharmonic orchestra.


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The film gained positive reviews.

Box office

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The film was successful on a limited release from 24 January 1997 and had taken about $5.73 million by 11 July that year after an opening weekend gross on three screens of $37,795.

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In the Czech Republic, the movie's country of origin, over 1.34 million visitors made the movie one of the most successful movies ever. In Germany more than 624,000 tickets were sold for the film.


  • Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Czech Lion
  • Best Film
  • Best Director (Jan Svěrák)
  • Best Actress (Libuše Šafránková)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Andrei Chalimon)
  • Best Screenplay (Zdeněk Svěrák)
  • Best Editing (Alois Fišárek)
  • Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix
  • References

    Kolya Wikipedia
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