The Karamazovs

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The Karamazovs
Directed by Petr Zelenka
Written by Petr Zelenka
Starring Ivan Trojan
David Novotný
Igor Chmela
Martin Myšička
Radek Holub
Release date
  • 2008 (2008)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Czech Republic
Language Czech
Budget 12,000,000 Czech koruna

The Karamazovs (Czech: Karamazovi) is a 2008 Czech film directed by Petr Zelenka with a soundtrack by Jan A. P. Kaczmarek. It tells the story of a group of Czech actors who come to Polish steelworks to perform a stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov at an alternative drama festival. 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. Karamazovi won the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2008 and was submitted by The Czech Republic for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

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