Jirí Menzel: To Make A Comedy Is No Fun
Elia Lyssy, Jana Marsik, Ines Thomsen, Stefan Dux, Jan Kuldan
Catpics AG in association with Czech TV and SRF
In 1968, Czechoslovakian director Jiří Menzel wins the Oscar with CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS, his first feature film ever. A year later the government bans his next film LARKS ON A STRING. Menzel decides to stay in socialist Czechoslovakia and continues working as a director and actor for theatre and film. His comedies and costume dramas are a commercial success, they gently test 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. The documentary tells the story of this exceptional filmmaker for the first time.
Filmmaker, pianist, artistic director of the Martinů Festival. Born in 1970 in Solothurn (Switzerland). Studied piano at the academies of music in Basel and Prague.
2016 Jirí Menzel: To Make A Comedy Is No Fun