Jiří Menzel – To Make A Comedy Is No Fun

In 1968, Czechoslovakian director Jiří Menzel wins the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS – his first feature film ever. Only one year later his next film LARKS ON A STRING is banned by the government. But Menzel decides to stay in socialist Czechoslovakia and continues working as director and actor for theatre and film. His comedies and costume dramas are a commercial success, gently testing the boundaries of authorities with his well hidden political messages. Today, filmmakers like Miloš Forman, Ken Loach, Emir Kusturica or István Szabó are amongst his admirers and friends. JIRÍ MENZEL – TO MAKE A COMEDY IS NO FUN tells the story of this exceptional filmmaker for the first time.

Details

Country of Production
Switzerland

Year of Production
2016

Format
DCP, HD

Length
53 / 80 min

Director
Robert Kolinsky

Production
Catpics AG in association with Czech TV and SRF

Original Language
Czech, English, German, Swiss-German

Subtitles
English

Festivals / Awards

Solothurn IFF 2016
Bolzano FF 2016
Freistadt IFF 2016 (Audience Award)
Denver IFF 2016
Minsk IFF LISTAPAD 2016
Cinéma Vérité IDF Tehran 2016
Master of Art FF Sofia 2017
Innsbruck IFF 2017 (opening film)
Zlín FF 2017
Art FF Košice 2017