Pitch-black comedies, absurd deadpan oddities, and farcical send-ups are featured in this program of films that revel in the hilarity of life’s stresses and contradictions. Featuring works by Bridget Moloney, Gunhild Enger, Georgi M. Unkovski, Zach Woods, Kerli Kirch Schneider, Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson.
Blocks (U.S.) is an existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks. Play Schengen (Norway) details a gaming company’s hilariously fraught effort to educate children about the European Union. After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his car registration, Dejan falls into a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination in the darkly comedic Sticker (Macedonia). In dire straits and thinking of ending it all, David (U.S.) turns to his therapist, played by Will Ferrell, for help. The people of the village Virago (Estonia) brace themselves for an unusually perilous 40th birthday celebration. Stump the Guesser (Canada) finds a vaudevillian showman on an absurd quest to disprove the theory of heredity.