Comedy in a Minor Key

A Film by Tjebbo Penning

Synopsis

Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia.

Director

  • Picture of Tjebbo Penning © Tjebbo Penning

    Tjebbo Penning

    When WRITER/DIRECTOR TJEBBO PENNING moved to New York City for love, in September 2001, he saw the Towers fall from his bedroom window, saw his son being born four weeks later, then heard Abbas Kiarostami would present him with the award for best first feature at the Cairo International Film Festival. Tjebbo never got there, but his film MORLANG was in competition a few months later at the first Tribeca Film Festival. His short film MY 9/11, made five years later, imagines telling this story to his son Milo and closing the chapter.

    Tjebbo finally got to the Cairo Festival in 2016 when his latest feature SCHONE HANDEN (CLEAN HANDS) was screened there. Based on Rene Appel’s best-selling crime novel of the same title, the film was nominated for 4 Golden Calfs (three of the four lead actors plus best director) by the Dutch Academy for Film.

    Tjebbo had been nominated twice before: As a screenwriter for MORLANG and for his early short film THE OATH. And a short film is also his most recent labour of love. COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY, based on Hans Keilson’s short novel (called a “masterpiece” by the New York Times), was made earlier this year and is now being developed into a feature film.

Awards + Festivals

  • 2nd SLUMBERJACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Widnes, Cheshire, UK)April 13, 2019
  • 14th HOBOKEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greenwood, NY, USA)May 17, 2019
  • 3rd INDIEFLICKS MONTHLY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, UK)June 3, 2019
  • 47th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Weyregg, Austria)June 8, 2019
  • OLBIA FILM NETWORK (Film Market Professional Video Library, Olbia, Italy)June 19, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
  • 16th SOUNDTRACK_COLOGNE (Official Selection, Cologne, Germany)August 28, 2019
  • 15th JEWISH MOTIFS International Film Festival (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)September 11, 2019
  • 5th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Bali, Indonesia)October 5, 2019

Crew

Director
Tjebbo Penning
Screenplay
Tjebbo Penning
Producer
Tjebbo penning / Willem Doorman
Director of Photography
Han Wennink
Art Direction
Rivka Koops
Sound
Bart Jilesen
Editor
Elsbeth Kasteel
Sound Design
Bart Jilesen
Music
Han Otten

Cast

Woman
Tine Joustra
Man
Marcel Faber

Details

Running Time
9 minutes
Shooting Format
4K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:2.35
Sound
5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

SALES AGENCY

SNDfilms
Sydney Neter

info@sndfilms.com

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Tjebbo Penning

tjebbopenning@gmail.com
www.tjebbopenning.com