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This site lists films and events from the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. The festival programme for 2017 will be announced later this year.
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Films in Laugh

From laugh-out-loud through romantic comedy to dry and understated – humour in all its forms.

Laugh gala

  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    A lonely prankster father visits his estranged, high-powered consultant daughter, creating a fictional alias to embarrassingly insinuate himself into her stressed corporate life.

Features

  • Barakah Meets Barakah

    Barakah Meets Barakah

    A humble government official and rebellious vlog star develop a tentative romance amid strict Saudi Arabian cultural taboos in this warm-hearted, slyly subversive romantic comedy.

  • Don’t Think Twice

    Don’t Think Twice

    A New York improv comedy troupe’s hopes of success and fears of failure are tested when one of their number gets his big TV break.

  • Down Under

    Down Under

    After Sydney’s 2005 race riots, a group of white racists and Lebanese immigrants gear up for a beachside showdown in this Australian black comedy.

  • Houston, We Have a Problem!

    Houston, We Have a Problem!

    An incredible story of Cold War-era international intrigue, the space race, declassified top-secret documents and a clandestine deal between President Kennedy and Yugoslavia’s President Tito.

  • The Last Laugh

    The Last Laugh

    Documentary examining whether taboo subjects like the Holocaust are ever acceptable material for comedy, including interviews with famous comedians – Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman - and survivors alike.

  • Lost in Paris

    Lost in Paris

    Beanpole comedy duo Gordon and Abel return in this ingeniously entertaining story of a librarian searching for her aunt. Misunderstandings and delicious sight gags abound.

  • Mascots

    Mascots

    An assortment of furry costumed performers battle it out at the World Mascot championships in the new ‘mockumentary’ from Christopher Guest and his regular crew.

  • Mindhorn

    Mindhorn

    A fading actor can redeem himself by reprising his 80s TV role as a sleuth with a robotic truth-telling eye, to catch a deranged killer.

  • One Week and a Day

    One Week and a Day

    After sitting Shiva for their adult son’s death, the next day a reeling Israeli couple chooses very different ways to deal with their grief.

  • Prevenge

    Prevenge

    Alice Lowe directs and stars in this riotous tale of a pregnant serial killer, hellbent on revenge.

  • Tickling Giants

    Tickling Giants

    Documentary on Egyptian surgeon-turned-comedian Bassem Youssef, whose hit TV satire show took on successive oppressive regimes at great personal risk during the turbulent Arab Spring.

  • Women Who Kill

    Women Who Kill

    A commitment-phobic true crime Brooklyn podcaster fears that her new girlfriend might have a murderous past in this darkly witty relationship comedy-thriller.

  • The Young Offenders

    The Young Offenders

    Two halfwit Irish teenagers get in over their heads when they plot to steal cocaine washed up on the Irish coast in a drugs bust.

Short films programme

  • Only Wanna Laugh

    Only Wanna Laugh

    Knockabout comedy and some bizarre gimmicks. You won’t just raise a smile, you’ll be laughing out loud.

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