Directed By: Jan Sverak Starring: Zdenek Sverak

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 221200066
UPC 031398138686
UPC 14 00031398138686
Format DVD
Release Date 9/9/2014
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Character Study
Editors Note
Note When a financially strapped former symphony cellist, now making a meager living by playing at funerals, gets pressured into a paper marriage with a friend's single-mother niece, his roving-eye bachelor life is turned upside-down. The beautiful young woman immediately abandons her new husband and her five-year-old son, and the unlikely duo struggles to adjust to their new lives in Prague on the eve of 1989's Velvet Revolution. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Academy Award: Best Foreign Language Film.
Plot Summary
Summary Set in Czechoslovakia shortly before the 1989 Velvet Revolution, "Kolya" is the story of an aging cynic named Frantisek, a Czech who weds a Russian woman for her money. Suddenly, the woman flees to West Germany, leaving behind her young son Kolya. The crotchety Frantisek wants nothing to do with the child -- they don't even speak the same language. But as the old man tries to dump Kolya on someone else, the pair slowly develop a lasting, poignant relationship, that enriches both of their lives.
USA Today "...A feel-good movie dealing in part with Soviet bloc bureaucracies in 1988..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 02/13/1997 p.4D
Variety "...[Kolya] balances heartwarming sentiment with gentle humor and observations that strike universal chords..." 09/09/1996
New York Times "...A gem of a Czech film....Wise and worldly..." 01/24/1997 p.C3
Entertainment Weekly "...Lovely....It's a heart melter....Chalimon is a gem..." -- Rating: A- 03/07/1997 p.50
Los Angeles Times "...KOLYA is a crowd-pleaser....Chalimon is irresistible....With the further pluses of luminous cinematography and a soaring, emotional score, KOLYA can't miss..." 01/24/1997 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...There are some lovely, affecting and warmly amusing moments here..." 01/31/1997 p.37
Jan Sverak
Zdenek Sverak
Cast & Crew
Stella Zazvorkova - Star
Miroslav Taborsky - Star
Libuse Safrankova - Star
Petra Spalova - Star
Ladislav Smoljak - Star
Zdenek Sverak - Star
Slavka Budinova - Star
Irena Livanova - Star
Eric Abraham - Star
Karel Hermanek - Star
Rene Pribyl - Star
Andrej Chalimon - Star
Jiri Sovak - Star
Lilian Mankina - Star
Nella Boudova - Star
Ondrez Vetchy - Star
Katerina Holla - Costume Designer
Jan Sverak - Producer
Alois Fisarek - Editor
Vladimir Smutny - Director of Photography
Pavel Taussig - Story
Zdenek Sverak - Screenwriter
Ondrej Soukup - Composer
Milos Kohout - Production Designer
Jan Sverak - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
UPC 00031398138686
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color Color
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), Digital Audio
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Video Format DVD

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