The Snake Brothers

Kryštof and Matěj Hádek in a dramatic story of two brothers who are close and distant at the same time, one like water, the other like fire.

Kobry a užovky
Czechia 2015
111 min.
  • This film is available until 25. 8. 2025 in these territories: Czechia.

The words “Bro, we’ll figure it out!” – often spoken by brothers answering to the nicknames Cobra and Viper – aptly characterize their relationship. Viper is older and wiser, but that’s not to say he never builds up a bar tab or enjoys a good brawl now and then. Then there’s the younger, more wayward sibling Viper takes care of, although it’s hard to tell whether or not he deserves it. A skilled burglar of weekend cottages, a junkie, and a charismatic con man – Cobra is all that and more. Each of the brothers deals in his own way with the desolation of living in a small town. Viper, however, isn’t about to give up. A perfect job arranged by a former schoolmate holds the promise of a brighter tomorrow, and something good has to come out of it for Cobra as well. His bro has always taken care of him. After all, things should work out for everyone, whether that means buying a new car or finding pocket change to play slots. The Snake Brothers is an uncompromising drama, authentic, yet supremely cinematic. Brothers Matěj and Kryštof Hádek excel in one of the must-see domestic films of the year.

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Director: Jan Prušinovský
Screenplay: Jaroslav Žváček
Cinematography: Petr Koblovský
Sound: Matěj Matuška, Michal Čech
Editing: Lukáš Opatrný
Production Design: Jan Pjena Novotný
Producer: Ondřej Zima, Jan Prušinovský
Co-production: Helena Uldrichová, Jaroslav Sedláček, Martin Chalupský
Costumes: Ivan Stekla
Cast: Matěj Hádek, Kryštof Hádek, Jan Hájek, Lucie Žáčková, David Máj, Lucie Polišenská, Věra Kubánková, Jana Šulcová, Jan Vápeník, Martin Bonhard

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

2015 – Kryštof Hádek (Best Actor)

Czech Film Critic Awards

2016 – Kryštof Hádek (Best Actor)

Czech Lions

2016 – Jan Prušinovský, Ondřej Zima (Best Film)

Czech Lions

2016 – Jan Prušinovský (Best Director)

Czech Lions

2016 – Matěj Hádek (Best Actor)

Czech Lions

2016 – Kryštof Hádek (Best Supporting Actor)

  • This film is available until 25. 8. 2025 in these territories: Czechia.