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88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
  • Telephone 0131 228 2688
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 10am–midnight; Sun noon–midnight.
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  • Website www.filmhousecinema.com

The African Queen

The African Queen
  • 5 stars
  • 1951
  • UK
  • 105 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Huston
  • Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley

Splendid World War I adventure has the marvellous pairing of grizzled Bogey and spinsterish Hepburn as they make their way up the Congo fighting swamps, the Hun and each other to quite thrilling effect. Great character interplay courtesy of film critic James Agee's gritty dialogue.

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Thu 11 Sep
  • 18:10

All This Mayhem

All This Mayhem
  • 2014
  • UK/Australia
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Eddie Martin
  • Cast: Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas, Tommy Caudill

A look at the dark underbelly of extreme sports, this documentary explores the lives of two skateboarding brothers as their lives spiralled out of control in the late 1980s.

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Tue 2 Sep
Wed 3 Sep
Thu 4 Sep

Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 92 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rowan Joffe
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong

Christine (Kidman) is an amnesiac, unable to recall her marriage to husband Ben (Firth) and the incident which caused her amnesia in the first place; can neuropsychologist Dr Nash (Strong) help? Stylish but superficial thriller which makes for an entertaining evening's viewing, but – like Christine – you may not remember much the next day.

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Fri 5 Sep
Sat 6 Sep
Sun 7 Sep
Mon 8 Sep
Tue 9 Sep
Wed 10 Sep
  • 13:15
  • 15:30
  • 18:15
  • 20:40
Thu 11 Sep
  • 13:15
  • 15:45
  • 18:15
  • 20:40
Fri 12 Sep
  • 13:00
  • 15:50
  • 18:10
  • 20:40
Sat 13 Sep
  • 13:00
  • 15:50
  • 18:10
  • 20:40
Sun 14 Sep
  • 13:10
  • 18:10
  • 20:40
Mon 15 Sep
  • 13:15
  • 15:30
  • 18:10
  • 20:40
Tue 16 Sep
  • 15:30
  • 18:10
  • 20:40
Wed 17 Sep
  • 15:30
  • 18:10
  • 20:40
Thu 18 Sep
  • 15:30
  • 18:10
  • 20:40

Biomedical Ethics Film Festival

Organised by a group of scientists that all have a PhD appended to their names (that's 'doctor', to you), the 2014 edition of the fest is expected to feature a programme of films that take on the rather weighty topic of 'the moral status of the human embryo'.

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Sat 22 Nov

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Sun 23 Nov

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Mon 24 Nov

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The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari

The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
  • 1920
  • Germany
  • 90 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Wiene
  • Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover.

A landmark of expressionist cinema, feasting the eyes with bizarre, angular visuals despite its technical crudity. The acting and directing are superb, and the story of a fairground hypnotist who uses a sleepwalker to carry out murders still retains a unique sense of horror.

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Mon 1 Sep
Parent & baby
  • 11:00

The Cheviot, The Stag And The Black, Black Oil

The Cheviot, The Stag And The Black, Black Oil
  • 1973
  • UK
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: John McGrath
  • Cast: John Bett, Alex Norton, Bill Paterson, Elizabeth MacLennan, David MacLennan, Dolina MacLennan, Alan Ross.

Film record of McGrath's milestone 'ceilidh play' for 7:84 Scotland, about Scottish history from the Highland Clearances to the North Sea oil boom. It was the first theatre show ever to tour Scotland's Highlands and Islands, and provided a model of radical political theatre which McGrath and others are still employing and developing decades later.

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Tue 2 Sep

Followed by a panel discussion. To See Oursels.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope
  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 88 min
  • Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
  • Cast: Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Eli Roth

Comic-Con in San Diego is the world’s biggest sci-fi, comic and cult convention and Spurlock’s new documentary is the perfect guide to geek heaven. A place where fanboys and fangirls can feel normal and revel in their passions; there’s a wonderful sense of belonging and community as Joss Whedon states, ‘I have found my tribe’.

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Fri 5 Sep

£3.50

Part of Scalarama 2014.

Daisies (Sedmikrasky)

Daisies (Sedmikrasky)
  • 4 stars
  • 1966
  • Czech
  • 74 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Věra Chytilová
  • Written by: Věra Chytilová
  • Cast: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Češková, Jiřina Myšková, Marcela Březinová, Julius Albert

A pair of bored girls decide to play a series of pranks on whom they perceive as victims of consumer society. But what begins with scamming a couple of free meals snowballs with devastating effect.

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Tue 2 Sep

Down by Law

Down by Law
  • 1986
  • US/West Germany
  • 107 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni

The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey.

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Thu 18 Sep

Jim Jarmusch.

  • 20:45

E-Team

E-Team
  • 2014
  • US
  • 88 min
  • Directed by: Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman

Filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny follow the Emergencies Team, a collection of individuals who document war crimes for the Human Rights Watch, to the front lines in Syria and Libya.

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Tue 23 Sep

Followed by a discussion. Part of Take One Action Film Festival.

  • 17:45

Finding Fela

Finding Fela
  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK/Nigeria/France
  • 119 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Alex Gibney

Documentary about the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, using extracts from the biographical stage production Fela! to dramatise his life. Although it unites Fela's music with its unsettling contexts, the rather incoherent and overly academic presentation leads to a film that's cacophonous instead of being truly vibrant and moving.

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Fri 5 Sep
Sat 6 Sep
Sun 7 Sep
Mon 8 Sep

The Graduate

The Graduate
  • 1967
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mike Nichols
  • Cast: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson

Deliciously awkward college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) finds himself in an affair with the wife of his father's business partner.

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Tue 9 Sep

Introduced by Dr Melvyn Stokes and followed by an informal discussion about your memories of filmgoing in the 1960s.

The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza)

The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza)
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • Italy/France
  • 142 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli

The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today's Rome.

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Wed 24 Sep

Introduced by Dr Leanne Dawson, from the University of Edinburgh. Introduction to European Cinema.

  • 17:45

The House of Magic

The House of Magic
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • Belgium
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jeremy Degruson/Ben Stassen
  • Written by: James Flynn/Dominic Paris
  • Cast: Cinda Adams, Edward Asner, Emily Blunt

Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm, stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos.

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Sun 21 Sep
  • 11:00

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 102 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Dean DeBlois
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig

Sequel to the 2010 hit film with the original cast returning.

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Sun 7 Sep

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • India/United Arab Emirates/USA
  • 122 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal

Indian patriarch Papa (Puri) decides to open a restaurant in the French countryside, directly opposite a Michelin-starred joint run by Madame Mallory (Mirren); cue romantic complications between son Hassan (Dayal) and Mallory's sous-chef Marguerite (Le Bon). Mirren's imperiousness almost redeems it, but an undercooked third act makes for an insipid conclusion.

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Fri 5 Sep
Sat 6 Sep
Sun 7 Sep
Mon 8 Sep
Tue 9 Sep
Wed 10 Sep
  • 14:30
  • 15:40
  • 18:00
  • 20:30
Thu 11 Sep
  • 14:30
  • 15:30
  • 18:00
  • 20:30
Fri 12 Sep
  • 13:10
  • 15:15
  • 18:00
  • 20:35
Sat 13 Sep
  • 13:10
  • 15:15
  • 18:00
  • 20:35
Sun 14 Sep
  • 15:15
  • 18:00
  • 20:35
Subtitled
  • 13:10
Mon 15 Sep
  • 13:00
  • 14:30
  • 18:00
Parent & baby
  • 11:00
Tue 16 Sep
  • 15:00
  • 18:00
  • 20:35
Wed 17 Sep
  • 15:00
  • 18:00
  • 20:35
Thu 18 Sep
  • 15:00
  • 18:00
  • 20:35

In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)

In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten)
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • Norway
  • 116 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hans Petter Moland
  • Written by: Kim Fupz Aakeson
  • Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Kristofer Hivju, Bruno Ganz

A respected and admired citizen goes on a rampage of revenge when his son is murdered.

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Fri 12 Sep
  • 13:15
  • 15:45
  • 18:15
  • 20:45
Sat 13 Sep
  • 13:15
  • 18:15
  • 20:45
Sun 14 Sep
  • 13:00
  • 18:15
  • 20:45
Mon 15 Sep
  • 15:40
  • 18:15
  • 20:45
Tue 16 Sep
  • 15:40
  • 20:45
Wed 17 Sep
  • 15:40
  • 18:15
  • 20:45
Thu 18 Sep
  • 15:40
  • 18:15
Fri 19 Sep
  • 13:10
  • 15:40
  • 18:15
Sat 20 Sep
  • 13:00
  • 18:00
  • 20:45
Sun 21 Sep
  • 13:00
  • 18:10
  • 20:30
Mon 22 Sep
  • 15:30
  • 18:15
  • 20:40
Tue 23 Sep
  • 15:15
  • 18:10
  • 20:40
Wed 24 Sep
  • 15:30
  • 18:00
Thu 25 Sep
  • 15:30
  • 18:00
  • 20:40

Light Fly, Fly High

Light Fly, Fly High
  • 2013
  • India
  • 80 min
  • Directed by: Beathe Hofseth, Susann Østigaard
  • Written by: Beathe Hofseth, Susann Østigaard

A young Indian girl born outside caste turns to boxing in a bid for independence and discovers the fights outside the ring are harder than those in it.

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Sun 21 Sep

Plus discussion. Part of Take One Action Film Festival.

  • 17:45

Lilting

Lilting
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 86 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hong Khaou
  • Written by: Hong Khaou
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw, Morven Christie, Leila Wong

Richard (Whishaw), grieving for his late parter Kai (Leung), forges a tentative relationship with Kai's elderly and irritable mother (Cheng), who lives in a London care home. Striking culture clash drama with a rather uninspired score, lifted by fine performances from Whishaw and Leung, with Bowles charming as an out-of-practice lothario.

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Mon 1 Sep
  • 18:20
Tue 2 Sep
Wed 3 Sep
Thu 4 Sep

Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight
  • 2014
  • US
  • Directed by: Woody Allen
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver

Set in the French Riviera at the height of the roaring 20s, a British magician sets out to uncover a possible fraud spiritualist exploiting a family.

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Fri 19 Sep
  • 13:00
  • 15:30
  • 18:00
  • 20:45
Sat 20 Sep
  • 13:05
  • 15:30
  • 18:05
  • 20:25
Sun 21 Sep
  • 13:05
  • 15:30
  • 18:10
  • 20:25
Mon 22 Sep
  • 15:00
  • 18:10
  • 20:25
Parent & baby
  • 11:00
Tue 23 Sep
  • 15:00
  • 18:10
  • 20:25
Wed 24 Sep
  • 15:00
  • 18:10
  • 20:25
Thu 25 Sep
  • 15:00
  • 18:10
  • 20:25

Mystery Road

Mystery Road
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • Australia
  • 112 min
  • Directed by: Ivan Sen
  • Cast: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson

When Jay Swan (Pedersen), an Indigenous Australian detective, returns to his native town of Winton from the big city, he finds himself an outsider; then his first case involves the murder of an Indigenous Australian girl. Expertly controlled and strikingly atmospheric murder mystery disguised as a modern western.

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Mon 1 Sep
Tue 2 Sep
Wed 3 Sep
Thu 4 Sep

NEKRomantik

NEKRomantik
  • 1987
  • 75 min
  • Directed by: Jörg Buttgereit
  • Cast: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski, Harald Lundt

Infamous German horror that crosses the boundaries of taste with its necrophiliac subject matter (never even certificated in the UK).

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Thu 11 Sep
  • 19:30

Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation
  • 1980
  • US
  • 75 min
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Chris Parker, Leila Gastil, John Lurie

A young slacker wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters.

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Sat 13 Sep

Jim Jarmusch.

  • 16:00
Sun 14 Sep

Jim Jarmusch.

  • 16:00

Polyester

Midnight Movies: Polyester
  • 1981
  • US
  • 86 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Waters
  • Written by: John Waters
  • Cast: Divine, Tab Hunter, David Samson, Edith Massey, Mink Stole

Bad taste comedy starring Divine as a put-upon housewife whose unsavoury family are nothing compared to the bad smells she has to put up with.

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Thu 4 Sep
Mon 22 Sep
  • 21:00

A Single Man

A Single Man
  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • USA
  • 99 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Tom Ford
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

The fashion industry's Ford adapts Christopher Isherwood's spare, lyrical study of alienation and loss for his film debut. Tracing a day in the life of George Falconer (Firth), a middle-aged English college professor, a series of flashbacks outline George's 16-year relationship with the recently deceased Jim (Matthew Goode). A frustrating experience, this is at times achingly moving, but ultimately it relies too heavily on redundant visual gimmicks.

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Wed 10 Sep

Followed by a discussion with staff experienced in suicide prevention. Suicide Prevention Week.

  • 17:45

Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise
  • 1984
  • USA/Germany
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Written by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson, Cecillia Stark, Danny Rosen

Low budget, black and white portrait of three directionless young people.

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Tue 16 Sep

Jim Jarmusch.

  • 18:15
Sun 21 Sep
  • 15:20

Tante Hilda! (Aunt Hilda)

Tante Hilda! (Aunt Hilda)
  • 2013
  • France/Luxembourg
  • 89 min
  • Directed by: Benoît Chieux/Jacques-Rémy Girerd
  • Cast: Sabine Azéma, Josiane Balasko, François Morel

Animation about an eccentric aunt who is everything to everyone.

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Sat 20 Sep

Preceded by family-friendly activities. Part of Take One Action Film Festival.

  • 15:15

Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit)

Two Days, One Night
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • Belgium/Italy/France
  • 95 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne/Luc Dardenne
  • Written by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • Cast: arion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne

Sandra (Cotillard) is told that unless she can persuade her co-workers to forgo their much-needed bonuses, she will be made redundant; she has only a weekend to win them over. Unfussy, compassionate and topical drama from the Dardenne brothers, with a touching performance from Cotillard as the steely, pill-popping heroine.

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Mon 1 Sep
Tue 2 Sep
Wed 3 Sep
Thu 4 Sep

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood
  • 3 stars
  • 1972
  • UK
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Andrew Sinclair
  • Cast: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole

A faithful film adaptation of the poem by Dylan Thomas detailing the lives of the residents of a strange Welsh village.

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Sun 14 Sep

Including short Scottish Ballet: The Making of Ten Poems followed by a Q&A with Scottish Ballet.

  • 15:30

The Visitor

The Visitor
  • 1979
  • US/Italy
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Giulio Paradisi
  • Cast: Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen

The forces of good and evil battle for the soul of a telekinetic girl.

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Fri 19 Sep
  • 19:30

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
  • 4 stars
  • 1971
  • US
  • U
  • Directed by: Mel Stuart
  • Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum

Charming and potty version of Roald Dahl's classic children's fable. A treat for big and little kids alike.

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Sun 14 Sep
  • 11:00

Write Shoot Cut

Monthly short film networking night taking open submissions for screening and discussion.

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Mon 8 Sep

£6 (£5)

Mon 13 Oct

£6 (£5)

  • 18:15
Mon 10 Nov

£6 (£5)

  • 18:15
Mon 8 Dec

£6 (£5)

  • 18:15

Beginning in 1979, Edinburgh's Filmhouse was gradually converted from St. Thomas Church into a three screen cinema. Sometime host of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, it features a café bar and monthly quiz.

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