30/5 — 5/6/2024
64th International Film Festival
for Children and Youth

About film


Section: Special Mention

Jiří Menzel - To Make A Comedy Is No Fun (2016) 12

Switzerland | 2016 | 80 min.

The story of an exceptional filmmaker. In 1968, Czechoslovakian director Jiří Menzel won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for Closely Watched Trains – his first feature film ever. Just a year later, his next film Larks on a String is banned by the totalitarian government. But Menzel decided to stay in his communist country and continue working as a director and actor for theatre and film. His comedies and costume dramas were commercial successes that tested the limits of the authorities with his well hidden political messages. Today, filmmakers like Miloš Forman, Ken Loach, Emir Kusturica and István Szabó are amongst his admirers and friends.

Duration80 min
LanguageCzech, English, German
SubtitleEnglish, Czech
Directed by Robert Kolinsky
Director of Photography Elia Lyssy, Jana Marsik, Ines Thomsen, Stefan Dux, Jan Kuldan
Edited by Andrea Pugner
Contact Deckert Distribution


A piano virtuoso and cultural organizer from Switzerland, he studied piano in Basel and Prague. He also performs solo in his own Ensemble Basilisk. He is the artistic director of the Basel Music Martinů Festival, which he founded. He directed the film Jiří Menzel - To Make a Comedy Is No Fun (2016).

Art, Biography, Documentary

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