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The Bohemian

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In 18th century Italy, aspiring opera composer Josef Mysliveček dreams of becoming a musician. His ambitions lead him to embark on a journey, exploring the world of opera to fulfill his destiny. Against all odds, he makes his mark in sophisticated Venice society as “Il Boemo,” his talent and charm winning over socialites, impresarios, and performers – in addition to the many women captivated by his appeal. Embracing a hedonistic lifestyle within the “pleasure capital” of Europe, Mysliveček enjoys a multitude of sexual relationships while pouring his heart into his music.

The Bohemian follows Mysliveček’s most prolific decades, composing numerous works in the genre of Italian opera seria as well as influencing and befriending Mozart — though their relationship is tested when a life-changing commission comes between them. Winner of six Czech Lion Awards, including Best Czech Film and Best Director, and selected as the Czech submission for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards, this lush biopic from Petr Václav commemorates an underappreciated, adventurous musical great.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

Winner of 6 Czech Lion Awards, including Best Czech Film and Best Director

Czech Lion Awards 2023

Czech Republic's entry for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards

“An old-school, sumptuously appointed musical biopic” ... “This is costume drama of a traditional, ornately brocaded stripe, a classical music lesson for classicists.”

Guy Lodge


“A visually and musically vivid film”

Jonathan Romney

Screen Daily

“A strong biopic that has something to say about musical creativity and opportunity, as well as the colorful lifestyle of 18th century Venetians.”

Anna Smith


Cast & Crew
  • Josef Myslivecek : Vojtech Dyk
  • Marchesa : Elena Radonicich
  • Caterina Gabrielli : Barbara Ronchi
  • Anna Fracassati : Lana Vlady
  • Conte Finocchietti : Alberto Cracco
  • Cornelia : Federica Vecchio
  • Director : Petr Václav
  • Writer : Petr Václav
Technical Info
  • Release Date : July 30, 2024
  • Production Year : 2022
  • Country : Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia
  • Language : Czech, Italian, German
  • Running Time : 142 minutes
  • Rating : NR
  • Genre : Biography, Drama, History, Music