Robert Kolinsky




Documentary about the director

and Academy Award winner Jiří Menzel

29. Film Festival Freistadt: Audience Award

Contributors: Věra Chytilová, Werner Düggelin,

Miloš Forman, Julia Jentsch, Rolf Knie, Emir Kusturica,

Ken Loach, Bolek Polívka, Míla Řádová, István Szabo

und Magda Vašaryová

Screenwriter and Director: Robert Kolinsky

Editor: Andrea Pugner

Director of Photography: Elia Lyssy, Jana Marsik,

Ines Thomsen and Jan Kuldan

Producer: Catpics

Distribution Switzerland: Trigon-Film

World distribution: Weltvertrieb Deckert Distribution




53. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, June 29 - July 7, 2018

9.  "EPOS" International Art Film Festival, Tel Aviv, March 14 - 17, 2018

25. Art Film Fest, Košice, June 16-24, 2017

57. Zlín Film Fest, May 26 - June 3, 2017
26. Internationales Filmfestival Innsbruck, May 23-28, 2017 (Opening film)
2. „Master of Art“ Film Festival, Sofia, April 20-30, 2017

10.“Cinema Verite” Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Teheran, December 4-11, 2016

21. Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”, November 4-11, 2016

39. Denver Film Festival, November 2-13, 2016
29. Festival "Der neue Heimatfilm", Freistadt, August 24-28, 2016 (Audience Award)
30. Bolzano Film Festival Bozen, Competition, April 13-17, 2016
51. Solothurner Filmtage, January 21-28, 2016

Press review:

51. Solothurner Filmtage; Stimmen aus dem Jenseits
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, January 26th 2016, Geri Krebs
…, it however was a documentary film about one of the big names of world cinema, which remains most memorable of this year’s film festival. The film’s title «To Make a Comedy Is No Fun – Jiří Menzel» about the Czech filmmaker, who, born in 1938, belongs to one of the most outstanding figures of the Czech Nouvelle Vague and who received the Oscar in the category Best Foreign Language Film for «Closely Watched Trains», only lets us guess Menzel’s incredible wittiness. In his documentary film Robert Kolinsky (born in 1970 in Solothurn, pianist and director of the Martinů Festival in Basel) guides us in a most loving and profound way through Menzels outstanding universe.


franzmagazine, April 15th 2016, Maximilian Mayr
Title: Jiří Menzel – To make a comedy is no fun
Direction: Robert Kolinsky
What’s it about? In “Jiří Menzel – To make a comedy is no fun” Swiss film maker Robert Kolinsky has created an intimate portrait about Oscar awardee and political activist Jiří Menzel. The documentary shows life and work of the exceptional director from the 1960s up to present day – with interviews by many famous companions of Menzel, e.g. Miloš Forman and many others.
Dazzling: Jiří Menzel as we know him – full of humor, sarcasm, simply fantastic.
Applause for… a man, who stayed true to himself and his art in the face of dictatorship and being banned.
Must see… for lovers of the great European cinema.
Profound review: “Jiří Menzel – To make a comedy is no fun” is witty, authentic and entertaining as is his protagonist. In the film we meet a man, who openly and sincerely talks about his life, his defeats, and his silver linings. The viewer is taken back to the 1960s, the time of the Prague Spring when life for artists and intellectuals in prime bloom just before everything collapsed due to the dictatorship. Numerous interviews cover topics such as artistic freedom, propaganda and Hollywood – it is a highly gripping and intelligent journey around one of the most exceptional artists of our time. Must see!