Comedies

A selection of great comedies from around the world, including Australia's Ali's Wedding, USA's Brigsby Bear and The Little Hours, and Austria's Wild Mouse.

A Quiet Dream

The grungy side of Seoul is the playground for the unconventional characters in this whimsical slice of life by respected Korean-Chinese writer-director Zhang Lu (Love And...,, SFF 2016).

Ali's Wedding

Ali’s arranged marriage is looming, but he loves someone else. What’s a Muslim cleric’s son to do? This Australian comedy won an AWGIE for Best Original Screenplay.

An American Werewolf in London

The horror-comedy classic howls into Sydney in all its blood-drenched glory. Come and watch this delirious mix of gore and gags outdoors, while a full moon hovers over the city.

Better Watch Out

Home Alone collides with Michael Haneke’s Funny Games in this wickedly clever and twisted Christmas-themed horror-comedy starring Aussie scream queen Olivia DeJonge (The Visit).

Brigsby Bear

Cannes Critics’ Week’s Closing film is a strange, wonderful comedy starring Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney as a man obsessed with a TV show about a bear saving the world.

Chicken People

An entertaining tale of passionate competitors and their race for poultry glory: there’s fowl language in this feathered version of Best in Show – but it’s the clucking kind!

Desperate Living

In the sacred year of 1977 the ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters served up this deliriously demented punk rock fairytale set in the garbage dump kingdom of Mortville.

Ellipsis

David Wenham’s feature film directorial debut is a touching love letter to Sydney. This World Premiere is an improvised experiment about the random meeting of two strangers.

Final Portrait

Geoffrey Rush is outstanding as the artist Alberto Giacometti in this amusing comedy about his efforts to paint a portrait of an old friend, played by Armie Hammer.

Fun Mom Dinner

Toni Collette and Molly Shannon share an intoxicated wild night out full of wine and sex-talk in this hilarious, bawdy feature debut by Tropfest winner Alethea Jones.

Game of Death

Fresh from SXSW comes a skull-smashing splatterfest about an evil board game that forces its teenage players to become serial killers. 'Snakes and Ladders' was never like this.

Holy Air

In this clever comedy, a Nazareth businessman must negotiate with the holy city's rulers, gangsters and his own family when he tries one last idea to get rich, selling 'holy air'.

Hotel Salvation

An old man drags his busy son to Varanasi so that he may die and attain salvation there in a comedy about death that, at heart, is a delightful, poignant celebration of life.

Ice Mother

A widowed grandmother rediscovers her lust for life through the most unexpected means, in this charming yet poignant later-in-life romance.

Ingrid Goes West

Aubrey Plaza is hilarious as awkward loner Ingrid, a social media addict who heads to LA to meet her Instagram idol. Winner of the Sundance Screenwriting Award.

King of the Belgians

A charming mockumentary and political satire about a staid Belgian monarch who loosens up on an unplanned royal road trip through the Balkans.

The Little Hours

Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie and Kate Micucci play hot-and-bothered 14th century nuns in Jeff Baena's (Life after Beth) hilarious modern riff on The Decameron.

Madame

World Premiere: Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma and Michael Smiley star in this romantic comedy about an unexpected love affair that starts at dinner and spreads to the Paris streets.

Newton

In this absurdist comedy about the perils of democracy, a dutiful voting official tries against all odds to conduct a free and fair election deep in the Indian jungle.

Paris Can Wait

Eleanor Coppola (Heart of Darkness, SFF 1991) makes her feature film debut at the age of 80 with this delightful France-set rom-com starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.

The Party

Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas star in a tasty British black comedy about a fancy dinner party that doesn't go according to plan.

Pop Aye

A downtrodden architect and his long-lost elephant take a road trip across Thailand to find their childhood home in this offbeat and very funny Sundance screenwriting award-winner.

The Teacher

Zuzana Maurery gives an award-winning performance as an unscrupulous school teacher in this crowd-pleasing dark comedy set in Communist era Czechoslovakia.

That's Not Me

An aspiring actor takes advantage of her identical twin sister's success and fame in this hilarious Australian indie influenced by Girls and Bridesmaids.

Wild Mouse

When he's fired, a classical music critic embarks on a campaign of revenge against his editor, in this hilarious Austrian comedy in the vein of Woody Allen and Larry David.