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Abel & Gordon and Friends (12A*)

London International Mime Festival

A man and woman sit at individual mini tables in front of a Christmas tree

A programme of slapstick shorts to chase away the post-Christmas blues, from long-term friends of LIMF, Brussels-based comedy duo Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel. 

Known to film fans primarily through their recent features, including Lost in Paris (2017), this programme brings together three of Abel & Gordon's early shorts. In Rosita (1997) the pair are a fortune teller and her assistant, working out of a dilapidated caravan; in Merci Cupidon (1994) attraction sparks between two oddball singletons in a strange, out-of-the-way nightspot; and in Walking on the Wild Side (2004), an awkward misunderstanding occurs between a man and a cleaning-lady.

Phenomenal physical performers, the duo are steeped in the grand French physical-comedy tradition of Jacques Tati and Pierre Étaix, who are also represented in the programme.

The School for Postmen France 1946 Dir Jacques Tati 15 min Digital
Rupture France 1961 Dir Pierre Etaix 11 min Digital
Merci Cupidon France 1994 Dirs Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy, Dominique Abel 13 min Digital
Rosita Belgium 1997 Dirs Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel 13 min 35mm
Walking on the Wild Side Belgium 2000 Dirs Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel 13 min Digital

Total film running time: 65 min
Total event running-time approximately 95 min

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