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Kolya
Kolya
(Czech: Kolja) is a 1996 Czech drama film about a man whose life is reshaped in an unexpected way. The film was directed by Jan Svěrák and stars his father, Zdeněk Svěrák, who also wrote the script from a story by Pavel Taussig.[3] Kolya
Kolya
earned critical acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4]

Contents

1 Plot 2 Principal cast 3 Reception

3.1 Box office

4 Awards 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] The film begins in 1988 as the Soviet bloc
Soviet bloc
is beginning to disintegrate. František Louka, a middle-aged Czech man dedicated to bachelorhood and the pursuit of women, is a concert cellist struggling to eke out a living by playing funerals at the Prague
Prague
crematorium. He has lost his previous job at the Czech Philharmonic, having been half-accidentally blacklisted as "politically unreliable" by the authorities. A friend offers him a chance to earn a great deal of money through a sham marriage to a Soviet
Soviet
woman to enable her to stay in Czechoslovakia. The woman then uses her new citizenship to emigrate to West Germany, where her boyfriend lives. Due to a concurrence of circumstances, she has to leave behind her 5-year-old son, Kolya, for the disgruntled Czech musician to look after. At first Louka and Kolya
Kolya
have communication difficulties, as they don't speak each other's languages and the many false friend words that exist in Czech and Russian add to the confusion. Gradually, though, a bond forms between Louka and Kolya. The child suffers from suspected meningitis and has to be placed on a course of carefully monitored antibiotics. Louka is threatened with imprisonment for his suspect marriage and the child may be placed in a Soviet
Soviet
children's home. The Velvet Revolution
Velvet Revolution
intervenes though, and Kolya
Kolya
is reunited with his mother. Louka and Kolya
Kolya
say their goodbyes. Bachelor Louka ends up fathering a child with his girlfriend - perhaps a replacement for lost Kolya
Kolya
- and regains his position as a virtuoso with the philharmonic orchestra. Principal cast[edit]

Role Actor

Kolya Andrey Khalimon

Louka Zdeněk Svěrák

Klára Libuše Šafránková

Mr. Brož Ondřej Vetchý

Louka's mother Stella Zázvorková

Tamara Lillian Malkina

Kolya's mother Irina Bezrukova

Reception[edit] The film gained positive reviews.[5][6][7][8] Box office[edit] The film was successful on a limited release[9] from 24 January 1997 and had taken about $5.73 million by 11 July that year after an opening weekend gross on three screens of $37,795.[10] In the Czech Republic, the movie's country of origin, over 1.34 million visitors made the movie one of the most successful movies ever. In Germany more than 624,000 tickets were sold for the film.[11] Awards[edit]

Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film Czech Lion

Best Film Best Director (Jan Svěrák) Best Actress (Libuše Šafránková) Best Supporting Actor (Andrei Chalimon) Best Screenplay (Zdeněk Svěrák) Best Editing (Alois Fišárek)

Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix

See also[edit]

List of submissions to the 69th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film List of Czech submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

References[edit]

^ Česká televize: Kolja - Co možná nevíte ^ worldwideboxoffice: Kolya ^ Thomas, Kevin (1997-01-24). "Father and Son Team Up in 'Kolya'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.  ^ "The 69th Academy Awards (1997) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 5 October 2015.  ^ Maslin, Janet (1997-01-24). "What a Difference a Boy Makes". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.  ^ "Kolya". Chicago Sun Times. 1997-01-27. Retrieved 2012-06-03.  ^ Guthmann, Edward (1997-09-12). "FILM REVIEW -- Charming `Kolya' Has Magic Touch". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-06-03.  ^ Thomas, Kevin (1997-01-24). "A Heart-Tugger With a Czech Twist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.  ^ King, Susan (1997-01-28). "Jerry Maguire Ahead of Pack--Barely". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-03.  ^ Kolya: Box Office, IMDB, Undated.Retrieved 24 January 2016. ^ Kolya: Admissions. LUMIERE – Database on admissions of films released in Europe. Retrieved 25 February 2017.

External links[edit]

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1947: Shoeshine – Vittorio De Sica 1948: Monsieur Vincent
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– Maurice Cloche 1949: Bicycle Thieves
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– Vittorio De Sica 1950: The Walls of Malapaga – René Clément 1951: Rashomon
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– Akira Kurosawa 1952: Forbidden Games
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1956–1975

1956: La Strada
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– Federico Fellini 1957: Nights of Cabiria
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– Federico Fellini 1958: My Uncle – Jacques Tati 1959: Black Orpheus
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– Marcel Camus 1960: The Virgin Spring
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– Ingmar Bergman 1961: Through a Glass Darkly – Ingmar Bergman 1962: Sundays and Cybele
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– Serge Bourguignon 1963:
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– Vittorio De Sica 1965: The Shop on Main Street
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Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos 1966: A Man and a Woman
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– Claude Lelouch 1967: Closely Watched Trains
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– Jiří Menzel 1968: War and Peace – Sergei Bondarchuk 1969: Z – Costa-Gavras 1970: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
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– Elio Petri 1971: The Garden of the Finzi Continis – Vittorio De Sica 1972: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
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– Luis Buñuel 1973: Day for Night – François Truffaut 1974: Amarcord
Amarcord
– Federico Fellini 1975: Dersu Uzala – Akira Kurosawa

1976–2000

1976: Black and White in Color
Black and White in Color
– Jean-Jacques Annaud 1977: Madame Rosa
Madame Rosa
– Moshé Mizrahi 1978: Get Out Your Handkerchiefs
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs
– Bertrand Blier 1979: The Tin Drum – Volker Schlöndorff 1980: Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
– Vladimir Menshov 1981: Mephisto – István Szabó 1982: Volver a Empezar ('To Begin Again') – José Luis Garci 1983: Fanny and Alexander
Fanny and Alexander
– Ingmar Bergman 1984: Dangerous Moves
Dangerous Moves
– Richard Dembo 1985: The Official Story
The Official Story
– Luis Puenzo 1986: The Assault – Fons Rademakers 1987: Babette's Feast – Gabriel Axel 1988: Pelle the Conqueror
Pelle the Conqueror
– Bille August 1989: Cinema Paradiso – Giuseppe Tornatore 1990: Journey of Hope – Xavier Koller 1991: Mediterraneo – Gabriele Salvatores 1992: Indochine – Régis Wargnier 1993: Belle Époque – Fernando Trueba 1994: Burnt by the Sun
Burnt by the Sun
– Nikita Mikhalkov 1995: Antonia's Line
Antonia's Line
– Marleen Gorris 1996: Kolya
Kolya
– Jan Svěrák 1997: Character – Mike van Diem 1998: Life Is Beautiful
Life Is Beautiful
– Roberto Benigni 1999: All About My Mother
All About My Mother
– Pedro Almodóvar 2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
– Ang Lee

2001–present

2001: No Man's Land – Danis Tanović 2002: Nowhere in Africa – Caroline Link 2003: The Barbarian Invasions
The Barbarian Invasions
– Denys Arcand 2004: The Sea Inside
The Sea Inside
– Alejandro Amenábar 2005: Tsotsi
Tsotsi
– Gavin Hood 2006: The Lives of Others
The Lives of Others
– Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck 2007: The Counterfeiters – Stefan Ruzowitzky 2008: Departures – Yōjirō Takita 2009: The Secret in Their Eyes
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– Juan J. Campanella 2010: In a Better World
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– Susanne Bier 2011: A Separation – Asghar Farhadi 2012: Amour – Michael Haneke 2013: The Great Beauty
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– Paolo Sorrentino 2014: Ida – Paweł Pawlikowski 2015: Son of Saul
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– László Nemes 2016: The Salesman – Asghar Farhadi 2017: A Fantastic Woman
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– Sebastián Lelio

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(1966) Live for Life (1967) War and Peace (1968) Z (1969) Rider on the Rain
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(1970) The Policeman
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(1971) The Emigrants (1972) The New Land
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(1972)

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The Pedestrian (1973) Scenes from a Marriage
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(1974) Lies My Father Told Me
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(1975) Face to Face (1976) A Special Day
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(1977) Autumn Sonata
Autumn Sonata
(1978) La Cage aux Folles (1979) Tess (1980) Chariots of Fire
Chariots of Fire
(1981) Gandhi (1982) Fanny and Alexander
Fanny and Alexander
(1983) A Passage to India (1984) The Official Story
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(1985)

Foreign Language Film 1986–present

The Assault (1986) My Life as a Dog
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(1987) Pelle the Conqueror
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(1988) Cinema Paradiso (1989) Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) Europa Europa
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(1991) Indochine (1992) Farewell My Concubine (1993) Farinelli (1994) Les Misérables (1995) Kolya
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(1996) Ma vie en rose (1997) Central Station (1998) All About My Mother
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(1999) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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(2000) No Man's Land (2001) Talk to Her (2002) Osama (2003) The Sea Inside
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(2004) Paradise Now
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(2005) Letters from Iwo Jima
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(2006) The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Waltz with Bashir
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(2008) The White Ribbon
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(2009) In a Better World
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(2010) A Separation (2011) Amour (2012) The Great Beauty
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Czech Lion for Best Film

Big Beat (1993) Thanks for Every New Morning (1994) The Garden (1995) Kolya
Kolya
(1996) Buttoners (1997) Sekal Has to Die (1998) Return of the Idiot (1999) Divided We Fall (2000) Little Otik (2001) Year of the Devil
Year of the Devil
(2002) Boredom in Brno (2003) Up and Down (2004) Something Like Happiness (2005) I Served the King of England (2006) Little Girl Blue (2007) The Karamazovs (2008) Protector (2009) Walking Too Fast
Walking Too Fast
(2010) Poupata (2011) In the Shadow (2012) Burning Bush (2013) The Way Out (2014) The Snake Brothers
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(2015) A Prominent Patient (2016) Ice Mother (2017)

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