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Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin

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The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin
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Directed byJiří Menzel
Written byZdeněk Svěrák
StarringGennady Nazarov
Zoya Buryak
Vladimir Ilyin
Music byJiří Šust
CinematographyJaromír Šofr
Edited byJiří Brožek
Release date
  • October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
Running time
106 minutes
CountriesRussia, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, France, Italy

The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin (Russian: Жизнь и необыча́йные приключе́ния солда́та Ива́на Чо́нкина, Czech: Žvot a neobyčejná dobrodružství vojáka Ivana Čonkina) is a 1994 comedy drama film directed by Jiří Menzel. The film entered the competition at the 51st Venice International Film Festival, in which it won the President of the Italian Senate's Gold Medal.[1] It is based on the 1969 and 1979 novel The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin by Vladimir Voinovich and the scenario by Zdeněk Svěrák. It is a coproduction between Russia, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, France and Italy.


The film is set in 1941 in the Soviet Union before and during the first months of its involvement in World War II.

In the small village of Red makes a forced landing military plane U-2. The command is unable to tow the aircraft and decided to put him near the hour.

The military unit near the village of Red served ordinary Ivan Chonkin. Unpretentious and simple soldiers, who looked far from exemplary soldier, serving his military duty in the economic division of the regiment, doing what works in the kitchen, carrying loads on a horse. It was his command post near to detach aircraft in the village of Red.

Chonkin comes to the village and after a while begins to cohabit with village postmaster Nura. Soon he moves the airplane to Nura's courtyard and moves into her hut.



  1. ^ Edoardo Pittalis, Roberto Pugliese, Bella di Notte, August 1996.

Further reading

  • Menzel, Jirí (November 1995). "The art of laughter and survival". Index on Censorship. 24 (6): 119–122. doi:10.1080/03064229508536003. S2CID 145384794.

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