Films in Laugh
From laugh-out-loud through romantic comedy to dry and understated – humour in all its forms.
This year’s strand encompasses richly diverse geography, subject matter and senses of humour. Generous ensembles from Italy (Latin Lover’s dueling divas Marisa Paredes and the late Virna Lisi) and Denmark (Mads Mikkelsen and co in Men & Chicken) highlight dysfunctional families, while Takeshi Kitano’s gleeful aging Yakuza farce Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen attacks a not-so-different squabbling clan. New comic talent emerges with Michael Larnell’s Spike Lee-esque Cronies and British director Chanya Button’s bittersweet women’s road trip Burn Burn Burn. And we welcome back veterans like Jaco Van Dormael with the divinely wicked satire The Brand New Testament and the great Lily Tomlin in full, unfettered flow as an unconventional Grandma.
Russell Brand ponders Jesus, Gandhi, Malcolm X and his own political awakening in this lively doc that doesn’t forget to be funny.
A superb French cast run wild amid mountain landscapes, in the Larrieu brothers’ eccentric, witty, outrageous rural comedy about sex, death and the imagination.
Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Poelvoorde head the cast in Jaco Van Dormael’s wildly inventive comedy, in which God’s daughter decides to rewrite the rules.
The tragicomic road trip of two young women, sent on a beyond-the-grave mission by their dead friend to scatter his ashes at five British locations.
It’s not the journey but how you get there… a fitting motto for a road trip between a group of estranged childhood friends.
There probably isn’t such a thing as a ‘garbage helicopter’. It’s just another on-the-road misnomer spouted by Saska, a crossword-obsessed wannabe poet.
Hilarious comedy about a family reuniting on the 10th anniversary of a famous actor’s death, only to reopen old wounds and reveal hidden secrets.
The insider guide to forty years of Saturday Night Live, the most influential comedy sketch show in US TV history, from the stars who defined it.
Petr Zelenka’s film tells the absurd story of the French prime minister’s parrot, a witness to the Munich Conference, who reveals its secrets decades later.
Elias (Mads Mikkelsen) and his brother Gabriel get down and dirty with the oddball inhabitants of a remote Danish island in this pitch black bawdy comedy.
Alec Guinness stars as a hapless vacuum cleaner salesman turned secret agent on the dangerous, lusty streets of old Havana.
A group of anarchic international aid workers in the Balkan war struggle to overcome booby-trapped land mines, oppressive bureaucracy and their own fraught relationships.
A rediscovered classic accompanied by popular shorts.
To win back his fiancée, a cocky, fast-living advertising executive resolves to give up alcohol for one year – but an entire drinking culture has other ideas.
A gaggle of elderly retired Yakuza attempt to relive their gory glory days by taking down the young gang who swindled one of their group.