- Original title
- Running time
- 110 min.
- Czech Republic
Co-production Czech Republic-GB
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.
: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
: Nominated BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
: European Film Awards: Nominated for Best Film
: Venice Film Festival: Honorable Mention (Jan Sverák)
: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
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