Pathways: Light & Funny Films

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Do your friend think Film Fests are worthy? Delight them with these light, sweet and funny treats!

Norman McLaren: Boogie Doodler (20 June)
Does your cinema-buddy love animation? Allow them to meet Norman McLaren: pioneer of the form and the one and only "Boogie Doodler". This BBC Scotland documentary is a steal – this is a free, ticketed event. Grab a free ticket from the box office and celebrate McLaren's remarkable innovation and playfulness.

 

Club Sandwich (21 & 22 June)
A Somewhere for the younger generation, Club Sandwich is a moving, gentle and insightful coming-of-age drama in which a young mother and her pre-teen son holiday together in an off-season motel with only each other for company... til Jazmin arrives. This minimal, charming film beautifully captures the mother-son relationship – and how often do you see those on screen?

 

The Skeleton Twins (21 & 22 June)
Got a friend who will only watch comedies? Worry not, we've got you covered! How about these Saturday Night Live alum – Bridesmaids' Kristin Wiig and the uproariously funny Bill Hader? In The Skeleton Twins the two pair up as estranged twins who meet up again after a failed suicide attempt lands him in hospital. Both stars shine in this funny, bold and bittersweet comedy-drama. Give it a go!

 

Koo! Kin-dza-dza (Ku! Kin-dza-dza) (22 & 27 June)
And now for something completely differnet. This animated feature is a return to traditional hand-drawn style, all the while merging The Wizard of Oz with Terry Gilliam's Brazil. Georgian director Georgiy Daneliya revisits his 1986 live-action, cult sci-fi feature Kin-dza-dza. The feature reimagines its original 1980s Soviet satire with a charm and surrealism that is fitting for contemporary times.

 

A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide (24 & 26 June)
Whoever thought suicide could be funny? In this Scottish feature, it is. Tom is intent on killing himself... but he's not very good at it. This surprising film brings gallows humour to the centre of our everyday lives. It's a straight-talking, incisive and ultimately warm-hearted take on the darkest of subjects.

 

Life After Beth (26 & 27 June)
If all of that still sounds too series, check out Life After Beth – a queen amongst zom-rom-coms. With an all-star cast including Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C Reilly and Anna Kendrick, the film extolls the troubles of falling in love with a girl who returns from the dead. It's a laugh-a-minute riot combining fantasy elements with classic comedy stylings.

 

My Accomplice (23 & 26 June)
Looking for something a little more romantic? My Accomplice is a British romantic comedy set in sunny Brighton. A good-natured young Scot a witty German woman are friends on the verge of turning into something more... but both are holding back. Irresistible performances and deft writing make this unassuming comedy a sure winner for even the pickiest of film-goers.

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Nicola is a writer & EIFF Web Editor.

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