‘Loop’ coup for IFC

New Yorkers take in political satire

Gotham trendsetters flocked to the preem of “In the Loop,” helmer Armando Iannucci’s new political satire. Distrib IFC hosted the pic at the IFC Center (formerly the Waverly Theater), with stars James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, David Rasche and Zach Woods in attendance.

“It’s a movie that you’re going to have to see three or four times just to appreciate every vulgarity in it,” said IFC prexy Jonathan Sehring. “It’s the funniest movie of the summer.”

Iannucci took issue with that appraisal: “I thought ‘Transformers’ was funnier,” the helmer said with a smile.

At the post-screening party at Scuderia, Iannucci talked about how he came up with the film while well-wishers from Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia to Tom Arnold made the rounds. “I always wanted to make a really funny, fast-talking screwball comedy,” said Iannucci. “Then reading about the days leading up to the Iraq War, I thought, That’s actually quite farcical right there.”

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