FRANZ KAFKA'S IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

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Subjects:

  • Arts and crafts

People/organisations:

  • Scottish Screen Collection

Series:

  • Tartan shorts

Decade:

  • 1990s

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Title: FRANZ KAFKA'S IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Reference number: 7080

Date: 1993

Director: d. Peter Capaldi

Sponsor: BBC Scotland, Scottish Film Production Fund

Producer: Ruth Kenley-Letts

Production company: Conundrum Films

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Certificate: PG

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 24.00 mins

Description: Kafka is agonising over the first sentence of what was to be his masterpiece, Metamorphosis. ‘As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning he found himself transformed into a gigantic...?’ Kafka looks around his garret and spies the fruitbowl ‘...banana, perhaps?’ This is not the real world, but the world of the joke, the myth, the fairytale. Funny, but also strange and dark. Definitely a winning combination! [synopsis from Scottish Screen Catalogue of Short Films 1993 - 1999 "Kicking up a Storm"]

Production file held at National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. Winner of Academy Award (Oscar) for best live action film (1994), US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1995.

Tartan Shorts: A joint short film initiative funded by BBC Scotland and Scottish Screen National Lottery Fund. Three films per year commissioned for theatrical release and broadcast.

Awards won: Best Live Action Film. Best Short Film and Best Set Design, Atlantic Film Festival, Canada, 1993; Best Short Film, British Academy of Film and Television Awards, Scotland, 1993; Public Award for Best Short Film, Premiere Plans European First Film Festival, 1994; Best New Director, Celtic Film Festival, 1994; Best Short Film (1993), British Academy of Film and Television Awards, 1994; Prix Schwartz Best Short Film, Comedie - Vevey Festival, Switzerland, 1994; Academy Award for Best Short Live Action Film (1994), US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1995

Credits: Cast in order of appearance:
Franz Kafka Richard E. Grant
Gregor Samsa Crispin Letts
Woland the Knifeman Ken Stott
Miss Cicely Elaine Collins
Frau Bunofsky Phyllis Logan
Party Girls Julie Cox, Jessie Doyle, Samantha Howarth, Justine Luxton, Laura Re