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12 Nov 2011 17:35

No Laughing Matter

Based on the short story by Milan Kundera (Laughable Loves) this is the tragicomic story of a young university lecturer who wants to avoid telling unpleasant truths at all costs. Postponing writing a critical review of an aspiring academic work by an enthusiastic amateur, he finds himself entangled in a cobweb of lies and excuses which backfire and threaten to destroy his personal as well as professional life. Faithful to Kundera’s spirit the film is full of irony and life’s absurdities, very reminniscent of Jireš’s Joke.

Part of the Made in Prague 2011, Film & Literature Festival.

Hynek Bočan, Czechoslovakia 1965, 94’
Cast: Jan Kačer, Štěpánka Řeháková, Josef Chvalina and with a cameo appearance by Jiří Menzel
Main award at Manheim Film Festival 1965

+ But how sorrowful…
Jan Rendl, CZ, 2010, 7‘, in French with English subtitles
The lives of real people interact with the words of Milan Kundera in a story inspired by his life and work.

Milan Kundera
(*1929) - Czech writer who has been living and writing in France since 1975. The Joke (1967), Laughable Loves (1969), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984).

BOX OFFICE: 020 8237 1111


ADMISSION: one film £8.50 (£7.50 concs.)
two films £12 (£10 concs.)
Excluding Sunday 1.30 PM screenings



Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 9RL


12 Nov 2011 17:35


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