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May Days: The Films of Elaine May

Elaine May has been entertaining audiences for more than 60 years. As a writer, performer and director, her comedy is sharp-edged, effortlessly witty and bitingly satirical. Her improvised sketch work with Mike Nichols in the 1950s and 1960s is the stuff of legend. Her script writing skills have earned her Oscar nominations. Her painstaking professionalism means that every one of her films is a unique, handcrafted gem. She may have faced tremendous challenges in bringing her vision to the screen but the results are unforgettable. We are thrilled to pay tribute to Elaine May this year by screening all four of the films she has directed: from the sublime A New Leaf and The Heartbreak Kid to the dramatic intensity of Mikey and Nicky and notorious flop Ishtar, which deserves a second chance to win you over. A rare chance to appreciate the work of a fiercely independent maverick whose films need to be much better known.

Films in this Festival Strand

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25 February

A New Leaf (PG)

A real treat that harks back to the golden age of screwball comedy

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28 February

Ishtar (15)

Over 30 years later, Ishtar more than deserves a second chance to tickle your funny bone.

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27 February

Mikey and Nicky (15)

A gritty, freewheeling character study graced by sensational performances

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26 February

The Heartbreak Kid (PG)

Comedy to make you wince

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