Laughter is not always a pleasant experience and is associated with several negative phenomena. Excessive laughter can lead to cataplexy, and unpleasant laughter spells, excessive elation, and fits of laughter can all be considered negative aspects of laughter. Unpleasant laughter spells, or “sham mirth,” usually occur in people who have a neurological condition, including patients with pseudobulbar palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. These patients appear to be laughing out of amusement but report that they are feeling undesirable sensations “at the time of the punch line.”

This site lists films and events from the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. The festival programme for 2017 will be announced later this year. Sign-up for festival email updates Films in Laugh From laugh-out-loud through romantic comedy to dry and understated – humour in all its forms. Laugh gala Toni Erdmann A lonely prankster father visits his estranged, high-powered consultant daughter, creating a fictional alias to embarrassingly insinuate himself into her stressed corporate life. Features Barakah Meets Barakah A humble government official and rebellious vlog star develop a tentative romance amid strict Saudi Arabian cultural taboos in this warm-hearted, slyly subversive romantic comedy. Don’t Think Twice A New York improv comedy troupe’s hopes of success and fears of failure are tested when one of their number gets his big TV break. Down Under After Sydney’s 2005 race riots, a group of white racists and Lebanese immigrants gear up for a beachside showdown in this Australian black comedy. Houston, We Have a Problem! An incredible story of Cold War-era international intrigue, the space race, declassified top-secret documents and a clandestine deal between President Kennedy and Yugoslavia’s President Tito. The Last Laugh Documentary examining whether taboo subjects like the Holocaust are ever acceptable material for comedy, including interviews with famous comedians – Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman – and survivors alike. Lost in Paris Beanpole comedy duo Gordon and Abel return in this ingeniously entertaining story of a librarian searching for her aunt. Misunderstandings and delicious sight gags abound. Mascots An assortment of furry costumed performers battle it out at the World Mascot championships in the new ‘mockumentary’ from Christopher Guest and his regular crew. Mindhorn A fading actor can redeem himself by reprising his 80s TV role as a sleuth with a robotic truth-telling eye, to catch a deranged killer. One Week and a Day After sitting Shiva for their adult son’s death, the next day a reeling Israeli couple chooses very different ways to deal with their grief. Prevenge Alice Lowe directs and stars in this riotous tale of a pregnant serial killer, hellbent on revenge. Tickling Giants Documentary on Egyptian surgeon-turned-comedian Bassem Youssef, whose hit TV satire show took on successive oppressive regimes at great personal risk during the turbulent Arab Spring. Women Who Kill A commitment-phobic true crime Brooklyn podcaster fears that her new girlfriend might have a murderous past in this darkly witty relationship comedy-thriller. The Young Offenders Two halfwit Irish teenagers get in over their heads when they plot to steal cocaine washed up on the Irish coast in a drugs bust. Short films programme Only Wanna Laugh Knockabout comedy and some bizarre gimmicks. You won’t just raise a smile, you’ll be laughing out loud. Festival calendar October 2016 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 • Festival calendar (PDF) • Digital Festival brochure • Festival FAQ, including booking information • Discovery Passes • All films and events • Directors A-Z • Countries A-Z • Accessible screenings • Programme changes • 16mm and 35mm screenings  • Festival guests • Festival introduction • Thanks and acknowledgements BFI Membership Enjoy priority booking for the BFI London Film Festival, and a world of benefits year round. Join today from £40 Promotional Code If you have a BFI promotion, please enter your Code here:


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