The Snake Brothers

The Snake Brothers

by Jan Prušinovský

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

The brothers Viper and Cobra are unable to build up a life to be satisfied with. Viper, unemployed and lonely, does not know how to escape from the shadow of his junkie and troublemaker brother. Until one day he decides to teach him a life lesson he should never forget.... A lesson that without control will turn into a nightmare.

Awards & Festivals

Eight Czech Lion Awards including Best Film, Best Director & Best Actor in a Leading Role!
Nominated for 12 Czech Lions!
World Premiere in Competition at Karlovy Vary IFF!
Won Best Actor Award (Kryštof Hádek) at Karlovy Vary IFF!
International Premiere in Competition at Vukovar Film Festival!
US Premiere at AFI EU Film Showcase!
Official Selection at Jagran IFF, Czech & Slovak IFF Australia, Miskolc IFF, Oostende Belgium, Flimmer Sweden, Let’s Cee Austria, MUCES Spain, Edirne IFF, Made in Prague UK and Czech That Film USA!


Matěj Hádek: Viper
Kryštof Hádek: Cobra
Jan Hájek: Tomáš
Lucie Polišenská: Kača
Lucie Žáčková: Zůza

Director Bio

Jan Prušinovský (*1979) completed his studies at Film and TV School (FAMU) in Czech Republic. His first feature FRANKIE IS A WOMANIZER (2008) was in several festivals, like Rome and Beijing. In 2009 he shot the successful comedy series DISTRICT LEAGUE, which had a cinema release prequel in 2012. Afterwards he made a new TV series, FOURTH STAR. THE SNAKE BROTHERS is his third feature.

Director Statement

"Sacrifice in order to achieve it. For me, the important thing for the film was to be absolutely authentic. I don’t like dramas that suffocate you with all their fate and seriousness. Even in a dramatic work, you can play with humor. It is usually a bit dark and absurd, or maybe even out of place. It’s not about slapstick or clever one-liners, but a choice of viewpoint. No, it is not a tragicomedy; it really is drama."

Cast Bio

Matěj Hádek (*1975) is a leading member of the youngest generation of actors from Czech Republic. His first big film role was in Ivan Vojnár’s THE WAY THROUGH THE BLEAK WOODS (1997). He has portrayed numerous characters in theater and in TV movies and series. His most recent role, in Vladimír Michálek’s STORYTELLER, earned him a Czech Lion nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actor. 

Kryštof Hádek (*1982) first appeared in front of the camera in smaller roles as a child. He gained fame in Jan Svěrák’s DARK BLUE WORLD. His depiction in 3 SEASONS IN HELL earned him a Czech Lion for „Best Actor“. More recently, he starred on Jonathan Glazer’s UNDER THE SKIN starring Scarlett Johnasson, film which Indiewire called the best film of 2014.


Director: Jan Prušinovský
Producers: Ondřej Zima, Jan Prušinovský
Screenplay: Jaroslav Žváček
Director of photography: Petr Koblovský
Editor: Lukáš Opatrný
Sound: Matěj Matuška, Michal Čech
Executive producer: Silvie Michajlova
Executive producer Czech Television: Jaroslav Kučera
Co-production companies: Czech Television, RWE Česká republika
Co-producer Czech Television: Film Center - Helena Uldrichová, Jaroslav Sedláček
Co-producer RWE Česká republika: Martin Chalupský
Production Company: Offside MEN
Support: Czech Film Fund

Original Title: Kobry a užovky / HD 2K - Arri Alexa / 1:1,85 / Colour / 111 min / Audio: 5.1 / Drama / Czech with English subtitles / DCP / Czech Republic, 2015

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