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Director:  Petr Zelenka
Cinematography:  Alexander Surkala
Screenplay:  Petr Zelenka , based on the novel “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and stage adaptation by Evald Scho
Producer:  Cestmir Kopecky
Music:  Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Cast:  Ivan Trojan , Igor Chmela , Martin Mysicka
Production:  Prvni verejnopravni/ Warsaw Pact Film Prod./Czech Television
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The Karamazovs
Czech Republic-Poland , 2008, 103 min, color
Awards:  Karlovy Vary 2008 - "FIPRESCI Award"

A theatre company from Prague arrives in Cracow to present a stage adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov at the city’s alternative drama festival; the production is to be staged in an unusual venue – the local steelworks. As rehearsals get under way, we follow not only the emotional story examining issues of faith, immortality and the salvation of the human soul, but also the relationships within the acting troupe itself, which strangely reflect Dostoevsky’s “great” themes. The stage drama is transferred to the real world when a tragedy occurs during rehearsal involving one of the spectators… My interest lies in the responsibility of the intellectual for the ideas he himself proclaims to a society which has lost its faith in God and trust also its basic moral instincts”, says Petr Zelenka. In both his chosen theme and form, the filmmaker has come up with an exceptional piece, oscillating between fiction and documentary and centered on the successful production presented by Prague’s Dejvice Theatre. The play was directed by Lukas Hlavica and based on the famous dramatization by Evald Schorm at Na zabradli theatre.

Petr Zelenka
One of the Czech Republic’s most highly regarded screenwriters and directors is born in Prague in 1967. He studied scriptwriting and dramaturgy at FAMU and then worked as script editor at Barrandov film studios. Among the scripts he wrote are those for the hit-films Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Experience (1991, Jan Hrebejk) and Loners (2000, David Ondricek). In 1993 he directed the full-length documentary Padlock, followed by Mnaga – Happy End. He then made his award-winning film Buttoners, Year of the Devil and the adaptation of his own award-winning stage play Wrong Side Up.
2008  The Karamazovs
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