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

‘Dying is easy. Comedy is hard,’ goes the old stand-up adage, yet the filmmakers represented here seem intent on disproving this thesis, boldly tackling humour in all its guises: wry appraisals on how technology can distort modern relationships (Don Jon, Chinese Puzzle, The Bounceback); and sly approaches, both cheerfully upbeat and blackly subversive, to subjects as ostensibly serious as murder (Borgman), racism (Gone Too Far!), unconventional sex (Afternoon Delight) or even Computer Chess. As for death itself, that the late, much-lamented James Gandolfini appears twice (Enough Said, the Elaine Stritch documentary) provides an effortlessly joyful valedictory for this brilliant actor.

Leigh Singer

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Don JonDon Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his directorial debut with his sharp and funny tale of a young man addicted to pornography.

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Afternoon DelightAfternoon Delight

A disaffected middle-class LA housewife ‘rescues’ the young stripper who gave her a lap dance by moving her into the family home, with combustible results.

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BorgmanBorgman

A shaman-like fugitive takes refuge – and insidiously takes over – a middle-class family home in this disquieting, surreal Dutch black comedy.

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The BouncebackThe Bounceback

A guy tries to win back his ex-girlfriend, only for them and their friends to get caught on a break-up/hook-up merry-go-round. With added Air Sex.

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Chinese PuzzleChinese Puzzle

The continuing adventures of Xavier who, after Pot Luck and Russian Dolls, is a fish-out-water in New York in pursuit of his estranged wife.

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Computer ChessComputer Chess

Indie auteur Andrew Bujalski is in his element with this inventive comedy set at a 1980s computer conference, back when ‘geek’ was still a dirty word.

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Doll & EmDoll & Em

Actress Emily Mortimer employs her best friend Dolly Wells as her assistant, blurring the lines between their personal and professional relationships with hilariously painful results.

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Drinking BuddiesDrinking Buddies

Bar-fuelled intimacy between two brewery workers blurs the line between friendship and romance in Joe Swanberg’s tender tale.

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Elaine Stritch: Shoot MeElaine Stritch: Shoot Me

An intimate, riotous documentary portrait of the legendary Broadway actress and singer, 87-years-old and still performing on stage and screen.

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Enough SaidEnough Said

The late, great James Gandolfini plays opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Nicole Holofcener’s intelligent mid-life romcom.

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GlückskinderGlückskinder

Nazi-era screwball musical comedy with popular stars Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch, based on Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night.

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Gone Too Far!Gone Too Far!

Destiny Ekaragha’s comedy-drama finds tensions on a Peckham estate eclipsed for Yemi by adolescent passion and his brother’s terrible fashion sense.

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Great PassageThe Great Passage

A charming geek finds spiritual fulfilment – and true love – while compiling a new Japanese dictionary in Yuya Ishii’s expansive comedy-drama.

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Hello CarterHello Carter

A young man’s attempts to turn his life around don’t go as expected in Anthony Wilcox’s charming take on the rom-com.

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Love Me Till MondayLove Me Till Monday

A sweet, charming and very British comedy about a young girl trying to be happy.

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Me, Myself and MumMe, Myself and Mum

Inventive autobiographical comedy from Guillaume Gallienne, playing gender crisis for laughs – and playing his fearsome Maman into the bargain.

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Our SunhiOur Sunhi

Hong Sangsoo’s comedy of manners (Best Director, Locarno) centres on a young woman who wants to study abroad and three hopeless men who orbit her.

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The Parrot and the SwanThe Parrot and the Swan

A hapless sound recordist falls for a dancer in Alejo Moguillansky playful, deadpan fusion of romantic comedy with dance on film.

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See You Next TuesdaySee You Next Tuesday

Hysterically funny slice of New York life minus the navel-gazing about pregnant, foul-mouthed Mona and her hideous family from first-timer Drew Tobia.

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A Street in PalermoA Street in Palermo

Brilliant, blackly comic satire about the chaos caused when two cars meet in side street in Palermo and neither will budge to let the other pass.

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The Best MedicineThe Best Medicine

Surreal, bleak and laugh-out-loud gems of comic short filmmaking.

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