Oddly, comedy was a somewhat underrepresented genre in the years when I volunteered for the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival programming committee. As a former story editor, I know how difficult it is to write and edit comedy and how unrewarding producing comedies can be – at least if you aspire to win any significant awards. The audience, however, tends to love comedies and for a festival programmer it is a welcome relief to watch a comedy now and then amongst a wide range of social and women’s issues films.
Belgium is a funny country per se. Did you know the tiny Western European nation with only 11 million inhabitants has three different official languages (Dutch/Flemish, French and German), three regional governments (Flemish, Walloon and Brussels-Capital), more than a dozen political parties and the dubious distinction of hosting Europe’s most traffic-congested cities? Continue reading →
Who says women aren’t funny? This year’s VIWIFF lineup has comedies from all over the world. If you’re looking for laughs, these films are your best bets to tickle your funny bone.
Karen Lam’s The Meeting is her second film showing at VIWIFF (her feature-length supernatural thriller, Evangeline, is opening the festival). This dark comedy focuses on a group of serial killers in the midst of, well, supporting one another at their weekly AA-esque support group. One can’t stop bragging about his finesse with weaponry, another is hung up on his creepy fetishes, while the rest argue about group dynamics. Will a surprise visit from a lost person looking for another meeting prove helpful in vanquishing their troubles, or tempt them into relapse?