People often tell us that “comedy doesn’t travel,” as though comedy were a delicate old painting, or a particularly fragrant cheese. This is, of course, nonsense. Some of the greatest comedy films ever made — Smiles of a Summer Night, La Dolce Vita, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie — have been international successes, and directors like Pedro Almodóvar, Roy Andersson and Jean-Pierre Jeunet have had worldwide commercial and critical acclaim.
LOCO has always championed foreign language comedy, and films like Gaby Baby Doll, Matterhorn, Farewell to the Moon and We Are The Best! have been some of our most successful films with audiences. This year we’re thrilled to present two internationally renowned films, Aki Kaurismäki’s Berlin Best Director winner The Other Side of Hope and Hannes Holm’s Oscar-nominated A Man Called Ove alongside two newcomers to Britain: Austrian director Marie Kreutzer with We Used To Be Cool and Spanish director Inés París with The Night My Mother Killed My Father.
All four films are testament to the wit, warmth, intelligence and integrity of European cinema, and to the importance of maintaining Britain’s creative, collaborative and comedic relationship with our European friends and colleagues.