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Kolya

7.4
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Original title
Kolja (Kolya)
Year
Running time
110 min.
Country
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Director
Screenwriter
Zdenek Sverák
Music
Ondrej Soukup
Cinematography
Vladimir Smutny
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Czech Republic-GB
Genre
Comedy. Drama | Music. Childhood. Melodrama. Comedy-Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Franta Louka is a concert cellist in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, a confirmed bachelor and a lady's man. Having lost his place in the state orchestra, he must make ends meet by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. But he has run up a large debt, and when his friend, the grave-digger Mr. Broz, suggests a scheme for making a lot of money by marrying a Russian woman so that she can get her Czech papers, he reluctantly agrees. She takes advantage of the situation to emigrate to West Germany, to her lover; and leaves her five-year-old son with his grandmother; when the grandmother dies, Kolya must come and live with his stepfather - Louka.
Awards
1996: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1996: Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
1996: Nominated BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
1996: European Film Awards: Nominated for Best Film
1996: Venice Film Festival: Honorable Mention (Jan Sverák)
1996: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
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