Jirí Menzel: To Make A Comedy Is No Fun

Switzerland, 2016, 80 min.


Robert Kolinsky


Alfi Sinniger,
Sarah Born


Robert Kolinsky

Rights Holder

Deckert Distribution


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. 

2016 Freistadt IFF (Austria) – Audience Award
Solothurn IFF (Switzerland)
Bolzano FF (Italy)
Denver IFF (USA)
Robert Kolinsky - 1

Robert Kolinsky

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.

Selected filmography

2016 Jirí Menzel: To Make A Comedy Is No Fun