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thumbnail Toni Erdmann (2016 Germany)

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Director: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
Starring: Maren Ade
Genre: Comedy, drama
Duration: 162 mins
Rated R

There’s something delightfully strange about Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, a German comedy with hidden depths. It could be seen as an existential fable, or an account of a very public breakdown, but really it’s about a father’s quest to regain his daughter’s love. Winfried Conradi is a divorced music teacher, an old-age hippie of sorts with a passion for bizarre pranks involving several fake personas. Over the bereavement of his dog, he decides to reconnect with his daughter Ines, who is pursuing a career in business consulting and is currently posted in Bucharest, Romania, where she works on an outsourcing project in the oil industry.

thumbnail The Young Offenders (2016 Iceland)

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Director: Peter Foott
Starring: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 83 mins

Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork. Jock is a legendary bike thief who plays a daily game of cat and mouse with the local Garda, Sergeant Healy. When a drug trafficking boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork and 61 bales of cocaine, each worth 7 million euro are seized, word gets out that one bale is missing. The boys steal two bikes and go on a road trip hoping to find a missing bale which they can sell so as to escape their troubled home lives.

thumbnail Rosalie Blum (2016 France)

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Director: Julien Rappeneau
Starring: Noémie Lvovsky, Kyan Khojandi, Alice Isaaz
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 96 mins

Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut is a warm and witty comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and life-changing consequences. Vincent Machot is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum. Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection.

thumbnail Rams (2015 Iceland)

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Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Starring: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
Genre: Drama, comedy
Duration: 93 mins
Rated R

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Who would have thought that a tale about sheep in rural Iceland could bring tears to your eyes? Grímur Hakonarson’s Rams does just that. Majestically shot in a spectacular, weather-swept valley, this wryly observed fable about two brothers who are more obstinate than the sheep they breed, begins as a droll comedy about rural life and grows into a graceful and mythic tale about family, community and legacy.

thumbnail Closer to the Moon (2014 Romania)

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Director: Nae Caranfil
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, Harry Lloyd
Genre: Comedy, drama
Duration: 110 mins

A band of Romanian freedom fighters pull off the crime of the century in this gripping heist film based on an incredible true story. Bucharest, 1959: with anti-Semitism on the rise, a group of Jewish WWII resistance members, led by a police inspector and an academic, team up again for an audacious act of political agitation. Posing as a movie crew, they hold up the Romanian National Bank by making it look like a film shoot. But what comes next is even more unbelievable. Game of Thrones’ Harry Lloyd co-stars in this slyly comic satire ripped from the strange-but-true pages of history.

thumbnail Like Crazy (2016 Italy)

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Director: Paolo Virzì
Starring: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 118 mins

Beatrice is a non-stop chatterbox, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a Tuscan psychiatric clinic for women. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open air nuthouse – the world of sane people.

thumbnail The Belier Family (2015, France)

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The Belier Family (2015, France)
Director: Eric Lartigau
Starring: Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino, Louane Emera, Roxane Duran
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 106 mins

A box office smash in France in 2015 that finds humour and inspiration in a disability. Dairy farmers Rodolphe and Gigi Belier are deaf, as is their young son Quentin. The one fully-abled Belier is 15-year-old daughter Paula, who plays an essential role in running the family business. This puts a lot of pressure on a girl yearning to be accepted by her peers and starting to think fondly of the opposite sex. Rodolphe, driven mad by the incompetence and corruption of the local mayor, decides to run for office himself, with the slogan “I Hear You” and Paula must translate her father’s speeches and interviews. At first, Paula has no idea she can sing, but when cute classmate Gabriel signs up for choir she follows his lead. Paula discovers a God-given talent for singing, but how do you break the news to your deaf family that you want to be a singer?

Screening Date: 16-Oct-16

thumbnail A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Contemplating Existence (2014, Sweden)

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Genre: Comedy
Duration: 101 mins

The Swedish director Roy Andersson’s Living Trilogy (‘Songs from the Second Floor’ & ‘You, The Living’) began 15 years ago and concludes with this sublime piece of filmmaking. Like the first two films in the trilogy, it is made up of mostly comic sketches with a cast of non-professionals in whose vacant stares we’re supposed to see ourselves. Andersson has said that he found his film’s unusual title in “The Hunters in the Snow”, a 1565 painting by Breughel the Elder of a hunting party returning to their village, dogs scampering round their feet, while in the distance, skaters whirl on a frozen lake. Above them all, a small cluster of birds are sitting in the treetops, simultaneously humble and aloof, peering down inscrutably on this pageant of human busyness. Andersson’s films take the pigeon’s eye view.

Screening Date: 17-Jul-16

thumbnail Do You See Me? (2014, Italy)

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Director: Riccardo Milani
Starring: Paola Cortellesi, Raoul Bova, Corrado Fortuna, Ennio Fantastichini, Lunetta Savino
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 106 mins

A comedy of errors about a talented young woman, Serena (Paola Cortellesi), fighting for her place in the sexist male-dominated profession of Italian architecture. In order to design the building of her dreams, Serena poses as her own assistant to fabricated architect Bruno Serena. For a while she is able to get her foot in the door and no one suspects a thing. She has her own desk and is able to participate in regular meetings. But as time passes, Serena’s boss starts to push for more contact with Bruno, and so Serena ropes in her best friend, Francesco, to pose as him and pretend to Skype from Japan. In dealing with sexism in the workplace in a way that resonates without preaching, director Riccardo Milani endears us so much to Serena, that there is no way to not empathise with her struggles, and by extension the struggles of women everywhere.

Screening Date: 3-Jul-16

thumbnail Family for Rent (2015, France)

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Director: Jean-Pierre Améris
Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde, Virginie Efira, François Morel
Genre: Comedy/romance
Duration: 97mins

Forty-year-old Paul-André is a timid, rather introverted man.
Rich but alone, he is deeply bored and ends up concluding that what he needs is a family. Violette, a forty-year-old full of energy, is threatened with eviction and is afraid she’ll lose custody of her two children.
Paul-André then proposes a totally above the board contract to rent the family in exchange for him paying off Violette’s debts. For better and for worse…

Screening Date: 29-May-16