Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life

Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life is a 1993 British short comedy film written and directed by Peter Capaldi. It stars Richard E. Grant as Franz Kafka and co-stars Ken Stott. The title refers to the name of the writer Franz Kafka and the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life, directed by Frank Capra, and the plot takes the concept of the two to absurd depths.

Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life
Directed byPeter Capaldi
Written byPeter Capaldi
Produced byRuth Kenley-Letts
StarringRichard E. Grant
CinematographySimon Maggs
Edited byNikki Clemens
Music byPhilip Appleby
  • BBC Scotland
  • The Scottish Film Production Fund
  • Conundrum Films
Release date
Running time
23 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film features a rendition of "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" from the 1910 operetta Naughty Marietta.

In 1994, the short won the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film. The following year it won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, tying with Trevor.

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