Photo Courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival
Review, by Leslie Rigoulot
On the eve of the Velvet Revolution, a mercenary, has-been musician unexpectedly finds he must finally grow up in Kolya, directed by Jan Svêrák, the foremost member of Czech cinema's new wave. It's 1989, and Prague, occupied by the Russians, is on the brink of enormous political changes. For Frantisek Louka, howevet concerns are more mundane. Once a renowned cellist in the Czech Philharmonic, Frantisek has been reduced to playing for funerals at the city crematorium and renovating tombstones. He dreams of buying a little Ira bant automobile.
Frantisek has enough trouble paying the rent so his dream seems unattainable - until a friendly gravedigger offers to pay Frantisek to marry his Russian niece, who needs Czech papers. Frantisek declines at first, but when he finds out the brideto-be is young and beautiful, he caves in. The clever ploy doesn't last long. Suddenly Frantisek's new wife emigrates to Germany to join her lover leaving behind her five-year-old son Kolya.
Working from a script by his father Zdênek, Svêrák creates a warm and funny portrait of a man who, as the Iron Curtain crumbles around him, experiences a revolution of his own.
- Dimitri Eipides, Toronto Film Festival
Directed by: Jan Sverák
Written by: Zdenek Sverák, Pavel Taussig
Starring: Zdenek Sverák, Andrej Chalimon, Libuse Safránková
Produced by: Jan Sverák, Eric Abraham
Original Music by: Ondrej Soukup
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