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25 Nov 2004 00:00 - 28 Nov 2004 00:00

Laughter and Tears: The Best of Czech Film Comedy

Almost all kinds of comedy from satire to sci-fi, parody, slapstick and tragic-comedy are celebrated in this excursion into Czech film.


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Thursday 25 November


Closely Observed Trains (Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1966)

A gauche youngster’s professional and sexual apprenticeship at a sleepy country railway station during WW2.

Educational screening for schools




Carpenter (Borkur Gunnarsson, FAMU/Czech Republic, 2000)



My Sweet Little Village (Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1985)

Ironic portrait of life in a contemporary Czech village, centring on a

Laurel and Hardy like couple, but extending to a rich variety of

intertwinning subplots revolving around small community.



Bitter Coffee (Borkur Gunnarsson, Czech Republic, 2004)

A bitter-sweet comedy about young people, love, wild ups and downs and a trip from hell.


Q&A with Borkur Gunnarsson




Friday 26 November


Fly (Renata Stranska, Film School Zlin/Czech Republic, 2004)



Closely Observed Trains (Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1966)

A gauche youngster’s professional and sexual apprenticeship at a sleepy country railway station during WW2



Steps (Borkur Gunnarsson, FAMU/Czech Republic, 2000)



Pupendo (Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 2003) 

This bitter-sweet comedy by is set just prior to the Orwellian year 1984 and focuses on several tragi-comic incidents in the life of a Prague sculptor, whose promising artistic career has been cut short by the Communist regime.






Saturday 27 November


The Crow (Filip Markez, Film School Zlin/Czech Republic, 2004)



When the Cat Comes (Vojtech Jasny, Czechoslovakia, 1963)

This fantasy is an unusual mixture of whimsy, satire, and experimentation that never loses its charm and maintains a light touch throughout.



Leeches (Film School Zlin/Czech Republic, 2004)



Boredom in Brno (Vladimir Moravek, Czech Republic, 2003)

This black and white comedy is the intertwining story of four couples planning to make love on a Saturday night. Essentially farcical situations are suffused with melancholy and are alternately both sensitive and embarrassing.





Sunday 28 November


Your Life (Jindrich Honzl, Czechoslovakia, 1932)

The famous comedy duo Jan Werich and Jiri Voskovec in a whole range of inventive slapstick routines revolving around a stolen necklace, with Werich as a dodgy character and Voskovec, a cuckholded husband.



The Magpie’s Bridge (Yieuyeen Kim, Film School Zlin/Czech Republic, 2004)



Anton Hooter, Sharp Shooter (Mac Fric, Czechoslovakia, 1932)

Based on Emil Arthur Longen‘s play, this is a comedy about the consequences of insulting an emperor and attempting to avoid the punishment. Hilariously funny as well as touching.           



Life of Birds (Macourek, Born, Doubrava, Czechoslovakia, 1973)   



Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vaclav Vorlicek, Czechoslovakia, 1966)

An overworked professor becomes obsessed with a strip-cartoon in which the voluptuous Jessie is constantly pursued by a deranged Superman and a villainous cowboy. When his wife invents a machine that brings dreams to life, fantasy and reality are combined to chaotic and hilarious effect.




The Uninvited Guest (Vlastimil Venclik, FAMU/Czechoslovakia, 1969)



The Firemen’s Ball (Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1967)

Forman’s marvellously funny but abrasive satire, apparently based on a real event, charts the course of a hilarious but disastrous village ball where  the local firemen’s committee preside over a spectacle of fun and entertainment.





Festival’s trailer: Laughter and Tears, Jan Krizenecky, 1898

This comic story, one of the first Czech films, is in fact a close up of an actor’s face in a mimicry of laughter and tears







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From: 25 Nov 2004 00:00
To: 28 Nov 2004 00:00


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