Kolya (Kolja) (1996)

JAN SVERAK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Czech Republic, 1996.  , , , , , .  Story by, Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Jan Sverak.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Touching drama from the Czech republic about a gruff cellist (, director Jan Sverak’s father and the film’s writer) who willingly marries a Russian bride to help her out legally, and ends up getting stuck with her little boy after she runs away. Now this hard-bitten old man, who can hardly stand people his own age let alone impressionable children, is forced to care for a lonely little boy who has no idea what’s going on.  Told with exceptional sensitivity and never overdoing its more sentimental moments, the film further showcases Sverak Jr.’s exceptional ability in directing children (his 1991 film The Elementary School is even better).

Academy Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Film

Golden Globe Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

Toronto International Film Festival:  1996

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