Feature by: Jack Foley
FROM the classics of the 1940s and 1950s, to the latest talent
emerging from the newly refurbished Ealing Studios, you could
say that film comedy is Ealing's heritage.
That is why Ealing Festival of Film Comedy, with major sponsorship
from UGC, brings the best in film comedy from around the world
to UGC Cinemas Ealing, for a big celebration from January 29 until
February 12. 2004.
Advance previews include the opening night film, The School of
Rock, starring Jack Black, the Sundance favourite, Pieces of April,
and Argentinean heart-warmer Valentin.
The best of British comedy features the much anticipated One
For The Road, from rising British director Chris Cooke, and Chris
Morris' short film debut My Wrongs #8245-8249 &117.
The cream of the international festival scene will also be on
Dogme comedy Old, New, Borrowed and Blue, Swedish farce Kops
and German satirical comedy, They've Got Knut will be showing
in London for the first time.
There will also be a UK premiere of the Norwegian comedy, Utopia;
Nobody's Perfect in Perfect Country and the French buddy comedy,
Tais Toi! starring Jean Reno and Gerard Depardieu.
All compete for 'Best European Film Comedy', the new kite-mark
voted by Ealing audiences.
And with a chance to see early British comedy gems from the archive,
and rarely seen vintage Ealing Comedy, Ealing Festival of Film
Comedy has something for everyone.
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