The French promotional poster for ‘Kolya’



‘Kolya’ is one of my favorite films from the mid-nineties. It is Czech and features a wonderful soundtrack. The following is a quote on the film from Wikipedia.

Kolya (originally Kolja) is a 1996 Czech film drama about a man whose life is reshaped in an unexpected way. The film was directed by Jan Svěrák and stars his father Zdeněk Svěrák who also wrote the script from a story by Pavel Taussig. The film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996.

Above is a short compilation of scenes from the film. I’d like to know more of Pavel Taussig (writer) and see more of the work of Jan Sverak. The director released a film last year entitled: ‘Tři bratři’ (Three Brothers), a children’s film, a musical fairytale written by the director’s father Zdeněk Svěrák (who stars in ‘Kolya’) and Jaroslav Uhlíř.

On a high personal note, the contents of my apartment are now in route to Hamburg. My postings over the next week or so will be relatively brief, at least until my arrival to this new city of water.


‘A Song in the Front Yard’ by Gwendolyn Brooks


I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.
A girl gets sick of a rose.

I want to go in the back yard now
And maybe down the alley,
To where the charity children play.
I want a good time today.

They do some wonderful things.
They have some wonderful fun.
My mother sneers, but I say it’s fine
How they don’t have to go in at quarter to nine.
My mother, she tells me that Johnnie Mae
Will grow up to be a bad woman.
That George’ll be taken to Jail soon or late
(On account of last winter he sold our back gate).

But I say it’s fine. Honest, I do.
And I’d like to be a bad woman, too,
And wear the brave stockings of night-black lace
And strut down the streets with paint on my face.