EFA to analyze cultural humor

Seminars will address what makes Europe laugh

LONDON -- The European Film Academy plans to have a laugh with its latest conference, scheduled for the weekend of the organization's awards show.

Ahead of the awards ceremony on Dec. 6, EFA aims to host a series of seminars under the banner "What Makes Europe Laugh."

The panel discussions will analyze the serious side of movie comedy and try to determine whether funny movies can be cross-culturally humorous.

One panel plans to look at Nordic humor and Latin laughs as filmmakers from each region attempt to discover just how poles apart they are when it comes to film comedy.

Names signed up to take part include Denmark's Anders Thomas Jensen ("In China They Eat Dogs"), Sweden's Reza Bagher ("Popular Music From Vittula") and Santiago Segura Silva ("Torrente, The Stupid Arm of The Law") from Spain, all of whom became household names in their respective countries for their efforts in the comedy genre.

The conference and 21st edition of the EFA awards are scheduled for Dec. 6 in Copenhagen.
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