Archive of films Three Brothers / Tři bratři

Czech Republic / Denmark
2014, 90 min

Section: Czech Films 2014–2015
Year: 2015

Three brothers set out into the wide world to gather experience and, along the way, they get caught up in the familiar settings of celebrated fairy tales where they have to deal with various pitfalls and unexpected situations, but they might also find love... A major part in this epic film fairy tale is played by the catchy songs created by popular duo Zdeněk Svěrák and Jaroslav Uhlíř.


Three brothers leave the comfort of their home and set out into the wide world to gather experience and find themselves wives. Along the way our heroes get caught up in the familiar settings of Sleeping Beauty, The Twelve Months and Little Red Riding Hood, where they not only have to deal with the standard fairytale obstacles, but also win the hearts of their true loves. Director Jan Svěrák’s model for Three Brothers was a successful stage musical created by his father, scriptwriter Zdeněk Svěrák, and composer Jaroslav Uhlíř. “When I was looking for material for my fairy tale, I discovered that all the classic tales had already been adapted for the screen,” says Jan Svěrák, “but never with music like this.” Three Brothers is more like a fairy-tale operetta than a mere fairy tale with songs; moreover, we witness Svěrák’s fondness for combining live actors with puppet animation, as he did in his previous family hit, Kooky. Three Brothers topped the Czech attendance charts for 2014.

Šimon Šafránek

About the director

Jan Svěrák (b. 1965, Žatec, Czechoslovakia) is one of the most internationally successful Czech filmmakers, thanks to his college piece, the docu-mystification Oilgobblers (1988, student Oscar), and the tragicomedy Kolya (1996, Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film; BAFTA and European Film Award nominations). He studied documentary film at FAMU (1988). He worked with his father, scriptwriter and actor Zdeněk Svěrák, on his debut Elementary School (1991, Oscar nomination), also on the war drama Dark Blue World (2001) and the tragicomedy Empties (2007). Other films include the action comedy Accumulator 1 (1994), the road movie The Ride (1994, Crystal Globe at KVIFF), a documentary about his dad entitled Papa (2004, co-dir. Martin Dostál) and the adventure film Kooky (2010, Special Jury Prize at KVIFF). His latest offering is the fairy tale Three Brothers (2014).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Czech Films 2014–2015
Director: Jan Svěrák
Screenplay: Zdeněk Svěrák
Dir. of Photography: Vladimír Smutný
Music: Jaroslav Uhlíř, Michal Novinski
Editor: Alois Fišárek
Art Director: Jan Vlasák
Producer: Jan Svěrák
Production: Biograf Jan Svěrák
Coproduction: Phoenix Film
Cast: Vojtěch Dyk, Tomáš Klus, Zdeněk Piškula, Jiří Lábus, Ivana Chýlková, Zuzana Norisová, David Matásek
Sales: Fandango Portobello Sales
Distributor: AQS a.s.


Zdeněk Piškula


Ivana Chýlková


Vojtěch Dyk


Robert Schaffer


Andrea Metcalfe



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