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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.

Leigh Singer

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Brand: A Second ComingBrand: A Second Coming

Russell Brand ponders Jesus, Gandhi, Malcolm X and his own political awakening in this lively doc that doesn’t forget to be funny.

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21 Nights with Pattie 21 Nights with Pattie

A superb French cast run wild amid mountain landscapes, in the Larrieu brothers’ eccentric, witty, outrageous rural comedy about sex, death and the imagination.

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The Brand New Testament The Brand New Testament

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.

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Burn Burn Burn Burn Burn Burn

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.

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Cronies Cronies

A hilarious Clerks-style take on male friendship.

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From A to B From A to B

It’s not the journey but how you get there… a fitting motto for a road trip between a group of estranged childhood friends.

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The Garbage Helicopter The Garbage Helicopter

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.

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Grandma Grandma

A raucous road movie starring Lily Tomlin as a foul-mouthed septuagenarian.

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Latin Lover Latin Lover

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.

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Live from New York! Live from New York!

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.

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Lost in Munich Lost in Munich

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.

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Men and Chicken Men and Chicken

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.

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Our Man in Havana Our Man in Havana

Alec Guinness stars as a hapless vacuum cleaner salesman turned secret agent on the dangerous, lusty streets of old Havana.

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A Perfect Day A Perfect Day

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.

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The Battle of the CenturyRediscovered Laurel and Hardy – The Battle of the Century

A rediscovered classic accompanied by popular shorts.

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Ruben Guthrie Ruben Guthrie

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.

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Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen

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.

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Short films programme

Ave MariaFunny how? How Am I Funny?

A programme of shorts to cater to every sense of humour.

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