Comedy offers something for everyone, following unwitting characters through their day-to-day lives as they descend into surreal, unexpected moments of chaos, lunacy and, often, release. The 2020 reels have been programmed with distinct and relatable themes, from Lovers & Haters to Experts in Misadventure to Strange Tales. There’s something for everyone here, whether you like dry, witty or unexpected. We select 10 new comedies to make you smile across ASFF 2020:
The Affected (SUBTITLED)
(dir.) Rikke Gregersen Norway, 2020, 13:00
Minutes before take-off, a situation occurs that prevents an airplane from leaving. A passenger refuses to sit down in order stop the deportation of another man who’s inside the plane.
(dirs.) Xuemeng Li, Katrin Larissa Kasper UK, 2020, 14:03
Steph is a predatory dater. She always insists on paying. However, when a large bill arrives, she’s nowhere to be seen. Steph is a serial dine-and-dasher, but now, she must pay the price after all.
Maradona’s Legs (SUBTITLED)
(dir.) Firas Khoury Palestinian Territories, 2019, 23:00
During the 1990 World Cup, two Palestinian boys are looking for “Maradona’s legs” – the last missing sticker that they need in order to complete their world cup album and win a free Atari.
(dir.) Luke Howe UK, 2020, 13:00
An off-beat, modern-day fairy tale centered on a lonesome beast as he struggles to navigate a shallow dating world.
(dir.) David Abramsky UK, 2019, 16:00
A disabled comedian performs a make-or-break gig on the night his first child is born. Dad Joke teeters on the brink between fame, fatherhood and expectation. What’s to come next?
(dir.) Alice Seabright UK, 2019, 15:00
Jaq is angry. But she also wants to have sex. This should be straightforward, surely – angry sex is one of the pre-approved genres for copulation. But her body is out to sabotage her coitus.
Write When You Get Work
(dir.) Stacy Cochran USA, 2018, 1h 39m
A thorny romantic comedy set in New York City – within a private school for girls and in the world outside its exclusive walls. Starring Emily Mortimer and Finn Whitrock.
(dir.) Joseph Roberts UK, 2020, 05:53
What constitutes a bad day? Losing a job? Breaking a leg? Having your wallet stolen? Well, Kelly is truly having one of the worst mornings of her life and there’s nothing more to it than that.
The Astonishing Adventures Of Alfred
(dir.) Joe Pearson UK, 2020, 12:12
Alfred, a 10-year-old schoolboy who loves to go on wonderful adventures, has come into possession of a magical magnifying glass. How did he get it? Through mysterious circumstances.
(dir.) Dominic O’Riordan UK, 2020, 14:07
When a man’s car breaks down, salvation doesn’t quite come in the form he was hoping for. This breakdown is like no other, and this will surely be a day to remember for this unfortunate man.