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Czech Republic / Poland, 2008 (MIFF 2009, International Panorama)

Director: Petr Zelenka


“The play's the thing - but certainly not everything.” - Variety

The Karamazovs is a performance experiment by Czech director Petr Zelenka, whose claims that he wants to do the impossible: to capture the elusive character of theatre in film.

Zelenka follows the staging of an adaptation of The Brothers Karamazov by leading Czeck New Wave figure Evald Schorm, performed by Czech actors from the Dejvicke Theatre troop in Prague. In a run-down steel works in Poland, with a few remaining workers still in attendance, the rehearsal begins…

“Issues of faith, immortality, and the redemption of man combine both on and off the stage and make us wonder, if there is no God, is everything permitted?” - Seattle film festival

D/S Petr Zelenka P Cestmir Kopecky, Kasia Adamik, Roman Wikeil, Karolina Ochab WS Negativ Film L English, Czech, Polish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008

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