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It’s nearly here! The fourth annual LOCO London Comedy Film Festival arrives at BFI Southbank, Picturehouse Cinemas and The Lexi Cinema on Thursday for four days of the world’s best comedy films. We have more premieres, more director events and more parties than ever before, as well as the return of our Kickstart Your Comedy Career course, training the next generation of British comedy film-makers.

The opening night film is Lost In Karastan. It stars Ripper Street co-stars Matthew Macfadyen and MyAnna Buring with Noah Taylor, and was co-written by director Ben Hopkins with Pawel Pawlikowski, who was nominated for an Oscar this week for his film Ida. It’s a smart, satirical comedy about a down-at-heel British film director who is invited to the Central Asian Republic of Karastan for what initially seems to be a retrospective, but turns out to be far more complicated …

The screening will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Francine Stock, presenter of The Film Programme on BBC Radio 4, and a premiere party at Topolski, just five minutes walk from BFI Southbank, which all ticket holders are welcome to join.

BFI Southbank | Thursday 22nd January 6.15pm

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