The Karamazov Brothers

Release date: 06-02-2009
Director: Petr Zelenka

written and directed by Petr Zelenka director of photography Alexander Śurkala music Jan A. P. Kaczmarek production design by Barbara Ostapowicz costume design by Martin Chocholusek editing by Vladimir Barak sound by Michal Holubec production managers Barbara Kinkalova, Jan Kaczmarski cast Ivan Trojan (Stary Karamazow / Diabeł), Michaela Badinkova (Katerina), Roman Luknar (reżyser), Lenka Krobatova (Gruszeńka), David Novotny (Mitia), Andrzej Mastalerz (Udrzbar), Igor Chmela (Iwan), Martin Mysicka (Alosza), Małgorzata Gałkowska (żona Udrzbara), Radek Holub (Smierdiakow), Pavel Simcik (Hospodsky), Marek Matejka (Komisarz / Polak), Adrianna Miara (Kasia), Jerzy Rogalski (technik BHP), Jerzy Bożyk (muzyk), M. Solce (Czart / lalkarz), K. Lidova, J. Kolva (tancerze) produced by Prvni Verejnoprâvni, Ceskâ Televize co-produced by Warsaw Pact Film Production, ul. Narbutta 32 m. 19, 02-541 Warsaw, e-mail office@warsawpact.pl producer Cestimir Kopecky co-producers Karolina Ochab, Roman Wikieł, Kasia Adamik co-financing by Polish Film Institute, Eurimages distributed by ATM Grupa world sales otwarta
35 mm, 1:2,35, kolor, Dolby Digital, 110′
Czech Republic – Poland 2008

A Prauge-based theatre group, Dejvickie Divadlo, arrives in Nowa Huta to take part in the theatre festival with its production of “The Karamazovs” by Dostoyevsky. This is very meaningful drama text gains yet another dimension within the space of the Nowa Huta steel works, which is regarded as a symbol of the “communist new world” where there is no place for God. A rehearsal is witnessed by a worker from the steel works who realizes that the words of the play are directed to him. The questions voiced by the actors are also his…

Petr Zelenka
Born in 1967. Czech director, screenwriter and actor. Studied sreenwriting at FAMU in Prague. Awarded at Czech and international festivals (incl. Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, Karlovy Vary, Mannheim and Bergamo)

Filmography (as director)
1996: Mnaga – Happy End; 1997: Button-Pushers (Knoflikari); 2000: Powers (short); 2002: Year of the Devil (Rok dabla), 2005: Wrong Side Up (Pribehy obycejneho silenstvi); 2008: The Karamazovs (Karamazovi)