Czech Velvet Wave director Petr Zelenka's Polish-Czech co-production The Brothers Karamazov is a film adaptation of his stage success based on a rehearsal of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel staged in a factory in Nowa Huta.
The producers are Prvni verejnopravni s.r.o., (Czech Republic) and Warsaw Pact Film Production. The film is co-produced by Czech public television. 1 million out of the 3.5 million zlotys budget was provided by the Polish Film Institute. The production was also supported from the Eurimages fund (200,000 euro) and the Czech State Fund for Cinematography.
Zelenka authored such films as Year of the Devil, Buttoners, and Wrong Side Up, earning four screenplay nominations and two Czech Lion wins, along with two best director awards. Internationally he received the Golden Tiger at the Rotterdam film festival, the Grand Prix in Triest and the Crystal Globe in Karlovy Vary. In July, The Brothers Karamazov won the FIPRESCI award and the Special Jury Mention at Karlovy Vary.
The cast includes Czech actors Ivan Trojan and Igor Chmela, both also popular in Poland, as well as the acclaimed Polish actor Andrzej Mastalerz. The music score was written by the Polish Oscar-winning composer, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek.
Because the entire movie was not able to be shot on the plant's premises, only a small part of the shooting took place in Poland. The factory setting was recreated in the Czech village Hradek near Plzen. The film opened in the Czech Republic earlier this year. The Polish premiere is planned for early 2009, through distribution company Gutek Film.
Directing: Petr ZelenkaScreenplay: Petr ZelenkaCinematographyAlexander Surkala:Music: Jan A. P. KaczmarekArt direction: Barbara OstapowiczSound: Michal HolubecFilm editing: Vladimir Barak, Miroveho Hnuti Costume Design: Martin Chocholousek Production Manager: Jan Kaczmarski, Barbora KinkalovaProduction: Warsaw Pact Film Production Sp. z o. o., Prvni VerejnopravniProducers: Karolina Ochab, Kasia Adamik, Roman Wikieł, Cestmir KopeckyCo-producers: PISF, Ceska Televizie, EurimagesExecutive Producer: Warsaw Pact Film Production Sp. z o. o. Distribution: Gutek FilmWorld distribution: John Riley Country & year of production: Poland, Czech Republic 2008 Cast:
Lenka KrobotovaIvan TrojanMichaela BadinkovaDavid NovotnyRadek HolubAdrianna MiaraLucie ŻackovaMartin MysickaIgor Chmela
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