Kolya (Kolja)


(out of 5)

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).

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Czech Republic, 1996

Directed by

Story by, Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Jan Sverak

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1996

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Academy Award
Best Foreign Language Film (Czech Republic)

Golden Globe Award
Best Foreign Language Film (Czech Republic)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Films

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film not in the English Language

European Film Award Nomination
European Film Of The Year



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