French cinema has a rich tradition of comedy, and that heritage will be celebrated in Oh La La!, a festival of French comedy films. The festival will run at the Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Holon and Sderot cinematheques, and at Zohar Hall in Kiryat Tivon, starting on July 28 and running through August 15.
Sponsored by the Institut Francais, the festival features 18 contemporary comedies and some older classics. French comedy has always mixed sophisticated humor with slapstick, but no matter how low-brow it goes, it’s always a bit more clever than the Hollywood version. French comedies have long been an inspiration for Hollywood, and a number of them have been remade in the US. Three Men and a Baby , The Birdcage and Dinner for Schmucks , among many others, were all remakes of French comedies.