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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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20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth
  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Iain Forsyth/Jane Pollard
  • Written by: Nick Cave, Ian Forsyth, Jane Pollard
  • Cast: Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick, Arthur Cave

Existentialist pseudo-documentary telling the seductive and quasi-truthful story of Nick Cave, starring and co-written by the man himself. With guest appearances from Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue and psychoanalyst Darian Leader, it's a mischievous and fiercely beautiful amalgam which sweeps you up in its embrace before sending you swooning from the cinema.

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Sun 26 Oct
Mon 27 Oct

45m²

45m²
  • 2010
  • Greece
  • 80 min
  • Directed by: Stratos Tzitzis
  • Cast: Efi Logginou, Rania Ekonomidou, Antinoos Albanis

Unlike her friends, Christina (Logginou) wants to stop living at home, eating her mother's cooking and spending her minimum wage on going out, so she rents a 45m² apartment and makes a bid for independence.

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Wed 3 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

Part of Greek Film Festival.

A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant

A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant
  • 2012
  • Greece
  • 88 min
  • Directed by: Constantina Voulgaris
  • Written by: Constantina Voulgaris
  • Cast: Maria Georgiadou, Dimitris Xanthopoulos, Themis Bazaka

From turbulent Greece, an urgent invitation to resistance, solidarity and, finally, to dance!

Electra is in her early 30s, an artist and activist living in Athens. She babysits for a living, argues with her parents and visits her boyfriend, a political prisoner. Above all she struggles to find her place in a troubled city and a beaten society. Anger and humour go hand in hand in this handmade labour of love, painting not a bleak portrait of a collapsed country but offering a tender look at a young generation in search for new meaning and hope.

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Sun 30 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed

Part of Greek Film Festival.

Adios Carmen

Adios Carmen
  • 2013
  • Morocco | Belgium | United Arab Emirates
  • 104 min
  • Directed by: Mohamed Amin Benamraoui
  • Cast: Benjalil Amanallah, Paulina Gálvez, Ufrin Mustapha Azzarouali

Nostalgic film about the Spanish occupation of Morocco.

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Sun 26 Oct

UK premiere. Screenign with short Memoire anachronique (Thank God It's Friday). Part of Africa in Motion.

Africa in Motion Short Film Competition

  • 120 min
  • 15

A selection of innovative and original films by African filmmakers from a variety of countries and backgrounds.

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Mon 3 Nov

This year's entries include Silence and I, Berea, Adamt (Listen) and Harold. Part of Africa in Motion.

African Storytelling

Kenyan-Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies presents African folktales.

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Sun 26 Oct

Apnea (Bezdech)

  • 2013
  • Poland
  • 74 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrezej Bart
  • Cast: Boguslaw Linda, Krzysztof Stroinski, Wladyslaw Kowalski

A world famous director returns to Warsaw where he reunites with his son and other old ties.

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Thu 30 Oct

Play Poland.

Attila Marcel

Atilla Marcel
  • 2013
  • France
  • 106 min
  • Directed by: Sylvain Chomet
  • Cast: Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny, Bernadette Lafont

Live-action comedy from the director of Belleville Rendez-vous and The Illusionist about a mute, sweet-natured man-child.

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Fri 31 Oct
Sat 1 Nov
Sun 2 Nov

The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands
  • 1927
  • UK
  • U
  • Directed by: Walter Summers

Reconstruction of the Navy's pursuit and sinking of the deadly cruiser squadron commanded by German admiral Maximillian Von Spee.

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Tue 28 Oct

Featuring an introduction.

Wed 29 Oct
Thu 30 Oct

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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Fri 21 Nov

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Sat 22 Nov

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Sun 23 Nov

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Charulata

Charulata
  • 1964
  • India
  • 117 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Satyajit Ray
  • Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee

The lonely wife of a Calcutta intellectual in 19th century British India is left at home while her husband runs his English language newspaper. Seeing that his wife is unsettled, Bhupati invites his brother and cousin Amar to visit. For a while peace settles on the house until Charulata and Amar begin to develop deeper feelings for each other.

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Tue 4 Nov
  • 20:40
Wed 5 Nov
  • 15:15
  • 17:50
Thu 6 Nov
  • 20:40

Dead by Dawn

Dead by Dawn

Celebrating 22 years of cinematic scares, the Filmhouse's horror fest ups the gore ante with a selection of blood-curdling genre premieres, classic features, short films and special guests. For a concentrated dose of evil, the Spawn of Dawn mini-fest runs throughout the Saturday night.

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Thu 23 Apr

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Fri 24 Apr

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Sat 25 Apr

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Sun 26 Apr

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Difret

Difret
  • 2014
  • Ethiopia/US
  • 99 min
  • Directed by: Zeresenay Mehari
  • Cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Rahel Teshome

Ethiopian kidnapping drama.

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Thu 30 Oct

Part of Africa in Motion.

The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within
  • 2013
  • Greece
  • 107 min
  • Directed by: Yorgos Tsemberopoulos
  • Cast: Manolis Mavromatakis, Maria Zorba, Yiorgos Gallos

Kostas is a well-liked and easygoing father, but when his house is broken into and his daughter raped, and the police are incapable of doing anything, he takes to the streets of Athens in search of revenge.

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Fri 28 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed

This screening features a Q&A with the director. Part of Greek Film Festival.

Eric Kabera Masterclass

The Rawandan documentary director discusses the filmmaking process.

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Fri 31 Oct

Free

Part of Africa in Motion.

Factory Girl (Fatat el masnaa)

Factory Girl (Fatat el masnaa)
  • 2013
  • UAE/Egypt
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Mohamed Khan
  • Cast: Yasmin Raeis, Hani Adel, Salwa Mohamed Ali

Drama about a young factory worker accused of sinning with a co-worker.

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Mon 27 Oct

Screening with short Selma. Part of Africa in Motion.

Felix

Felix
  • 2013
  • South Africa
  • 97 min
  • Directed by: Roberta Durrant
  • Written by: Shirley Johnson
  • Cast: Okwethu Banisi, Andrea Dondolo, Nicholas Ellenbogen

A 13 year old dreams of being a saxophonist like his dear old pa.

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Wed 5 Nov

Part of Africa in Motion.

  • 10:00

Finding Hillywood

Finding Hillywood
  • 2013
  • US
  • Directed by: Chris Towey/Leah Warshawski

Documentary about the blossoming Rwandan film industry, known as Hillywood.

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Fri 31 Oct

Screening with short Mageragere (City Dropout). Part of Africa in Motion.

Four Corners

Four Corners
  • 2013
  • South Africa
  • 114 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ian Gabriel
  • Cast: Brendon Daniels, Jezzriel Skei, Lindiwe Matshikiza

An exploration of the street war of South Africa’s Numbers Gangs, the 26 and the 28. The film follows four individuals as they try to survive in Cape Flats.

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Wed 29 Oct

Part of Africa in Motion.

The Golden Dream (La jaula de oro)

The Golden Dream
  • 2013
  • Guatemala/Spain/Mexico
  • 102 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Diego Quemada-Díez
  • Cast: Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen Martínez

Two Guatemalan teenagers trek their way to the US.

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Mon 3 Nov
Tue 4 Nov
  • 20:45

The Grand Seduction

The Grand Seduction
  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • Canada
  • 113 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Don McKellar
  • Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch, Liane Balaban

Murray (Gleeson), an ex-fisherman, is dismayed that fishing quotas have demoralised his Newfoundland community, so he conceives a Zany Scheme to attract a petrochemical plant to the town. Charming small-town comedy in the Ealing tradition, with Gleeson in his element as the scheming hustler; odd, though, that the environmental consequences are completely uncommented upon.

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Tue 28 Oct
Wed 29 Oct
Thu 30 Oct

Greek Film Festival

Edinburgh's Greek Film Festival brings cutting-edge Greek filmmaking to audiences in the capital every autumn, with screenings in the Filmhouse and Q&A sessions from visiting directors. Previous festivals have seen memorable outings for Pantelis Voulgaris' war epic Psyche Vathia and the Scottish premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth. 2014 sees a rare screening of Jules Dassin's 1974 The Rehearsal, made as an urgent response to the Greek military junta, and new films from Penny Panayotopoulou, Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, Constantina Voulgari and Yiannis Sakaridis, among others.

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Fri 28 Nov

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Sat 29 Nov

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Sun 30 Nov

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Mon 1 Dec

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Tue 2 Dec

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Wed 3 Dec

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Thu 4 Dec

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Huba (Parasite)

Huba (Parasite)
  • 2014
  • Poland/UK
  • 66 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Anna Sasnal/Wilhelm Sasnal
  • Cast: Joanna Drozda, Jerzy Gajlikowski, Wojtek Slowik

Polish drama about alienation.

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Thu 6 Nov

Double bill with It Looks Pretty From a Distance. Play Poland.

  • 17:45

It Looks Pretty from a Distance (Z daleka widok jest piękny)

It Looks Pretty from a Distance (Z daleka widok jest piękny)
  • 2011
  • Poland, US
  • 77 min
  • Directed by: Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal
  • Cast: Marcin Czarnik, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Piotr Nowak, Elżbieta Okupska, Jerzy Łapiński, Hanka Chojnacka, Michał Pietrzak, Oskar Karaś, Beata Zygarlicka, Waldemar Czyszak, Dawid Wolski

Polish drama about a the way a small village reacts to the disappearance of one of their own.

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Thu 6 Nov

Double bill with Parasite. Play Poland.

  • 17:45

Le Jour se Leve (Le jour se lève)

Le Jour se Leve (Le jour se lève)
  • 1939
  • France
  • 93 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Marcel Carné
  • Cast: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty

Gabin's masculinity and 'boy-next-door' charm are put to good use as a tragic working-class hero in this pre-war film which features groundbreaking use of flashbacks.

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Sun 26 Oct
Mon 27 Oct

Kadjike

  • 2013
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sana Na N'Hada

Film about the inhabitants of the Bissagos archipelago who live according to ancient traditions, in harmony with the natural order.

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Sun 2 Nov

Part of Africa in Motion.

Keepers of Memory (Gardiens de la mémoire)

Keepers of Memory (Gardiens de la mémoire)
  • 2004
  • Rwanda
  • 54 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Eric Kabera

Kabera takes a harrowing journey into the Rwandan genocide, its survivors, and the memorials created in the victims' honour.

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Fri 31 Oct

Screening with short Crossing Lines2. Part of Africa in Motion.

Khumba

Khumba
  • 2013
  • South Africa
  • 85 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Anthony Silverston
  • Cast: Voices of Jake T Austin, Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi

Rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo.

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Sun 26 Oct

Part of Africa in Motion.

Σkotia

Work by Greek and Scottish artists, curated and presented by Syn, the Edinburgh Greek Artists' Festival.

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Fri 28 Nov

Free

  • 10:00 – 00:00
Sat 29 Nov

Free

  • 10:00 – 00:00
Sun 30 Nov

Free

  • 12:00 – 00:00
Mon 1 Dec

Free

  • 10:00 – 00:00
Tue 2 Dec

Free

  • 10:00 – 00:00
Wed 3 Dec

Free

  • 10:00 – 00:00
Thu 4 Dec

Free

  • 10:00 – 00:00
Fri 5 Dec

Free

  • 10:00 – 00:00
Sat 6 Dec

Free

  • 10:00 – 00:00
Sun 7 Dec

Free

  • 12:00 – 00:00

Limits of Control

Limits of Control
  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US/Spain/Japan
  • 115 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Written by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Isaach De Bankolé, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Gael García Bernal

Off beat but under par new film from Jarmusch in which Isaach de Bankole wanders through various parts of Spain on an ambiguous criminal mission. Philosophical and cinematic musings are present, but this is a gnomic, often tedious work by Jarmusch, saved only from irrelevance by Christopher Doyle's fantastic cinematography.

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Sun 26 Oct

Jim Jarmusch.

Love is Strange

Love is Strange
  • 2014
  • US/France
  • 94 min
  • Directed by: Ira Sachs
  • Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei

After a couple get married one of them loses their job and the stress surrounding the fallout leads to discord.

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Mon 27 Oct

Luminate.

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  • 1931
  • Germany
  • 111 min
  • Directed by: Fritz Lang
  • Cast: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut

A psychological thriller where a young girl is murdered.

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Wed 5 Nov

Introduction to European Cinema.

  • 17:45

Miners Shot Down

Miners Shot Down
  • 2014
  • South Africa
  • 85 min
  • Directed by: Rehad Desai

An examination of the events of August 2012, when the Marikana mine in South Africa experienced the worst episode of bloodshed since the end of apartheid. For seven days, thousands of miners protested for a living wage. The non-violent demonstration was brought down through an intervention by state police forces, in which more than 30 miners were shot dead and many others injured.

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Tue 4 Nov

Part of Africa in Motion.

  • 17:30

Miss Violence

Miss Violence
  • 2013
  • Greece
  • 98 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Alexandros Avranas
  • Cast: Kostas Antalopoulos, Constantinos Athanasiades, Chloe Bolota

On her birthday, 11-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony to her death with a smile on her face. An investigation looks into the reason for this apparent suicide, but the family keeps insisting that it was an accident.

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Thu 4 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

Part of Greek Film Festival.

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 150 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mike Leigh
  • Cast: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson

A biopic of the tumultuous and extraordinary last decades of JMW Turner, the great British Romantic painter.

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Fri 31 Oct
Sat 1 Nov
Sun 2 Nov
Mon 3 Nov
Tue 4 Nov
  • 14:50
  • 17:35
  • 20:10
Wed 5 Nov
  • 14:40
  • 17:50
  • 20:10
Thu 6 Nov
  • 14:50
  • 17:35
  • 20:10

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead
  • 4 stars
  • 1968
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: George A Romero
  • Written by: George A Romero, John A Russo
  • Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley, Bill Cardille, Kyra Schon

Seminal black comedy shocker which spawned two increasingly nasty sequels and countless unauthorised imitations. A group of people barricade themselves into a farmhouse to seek refuge from the hordes of flesh-crazy undead, created by misfiring military experiments. Filmed on a shoestring in Pittsburgh, real gore was supplied by a local butcher. Though it now seems dated, the rough and grainy qualities of the film only serve to make it more horribly convincing.

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Fri 31 Oct

O Grande Kilapy (The Grand Kilapy)

The Great Kilapy
  • 2012
  • Angola/Portugal/Brazil
  • 100 min
  • Directed by: Zézé Gamboa
  • Cast: Lázaro Ramos, Pedro Hossi, João Lagarto

Historical drama about Joãozinho, who pulls off a massive swindle at the expense of the Portuguese colonial administration the day before Angolan independence in the 70s.

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Sun 2 Nov

Part of Africa in Motion.

Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive
  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK/Germany/France/Cyprus/USA
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Written by: Jim Jarmusch
  • Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska

Swinton and Hiddleston play two vampires who have been in love for ages (literally), in Jim Jarmusch's (Broken Flowers, Dead Man) first feature in four years.

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Tue 28 Oct

Jim Jarmusch.

Sat 1 Nov

Jim Jarmusch.

Pride

Pride
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matthew Warchus
  • Written by: Stephen Beresford
  • Cast: Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew Scott

During the 1984–84 UK miners' strike, a group of young lesbian and gay activists travel from London to Wales to help a mining community in trouble. Unashamedly fizzy and cheering take on a true story about two groups who bonded together against small-mindedness and vile tabloid headlines.

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Sun 26 Oct
Subtitled
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Tue 28 Oct
Wed 29 Oct
Thu 30 Oct

The Rehearsal

The Rehearsal
  • 1974
  • UK/Greece
  • Directed by: Jules Dassin
  • Cast: Melina Mercouri, Olympia Dukakis, Arthur Miller, Laurence Olivier

Made as a response to the Greek military junta of 1967–74, Dassin's film stars his wife and fellow activist Mercouri along with some glittering co-stars, in an attempt to raise public awareness of the junta's brutal suppression of a student uprising at Athens Polytechnic.

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Mon 1 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

Rumours of War (Ngunu Ngunu Kan)

  • 2014
  • Mali
  • 90 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Soussaba Cisse

Drama about a political radio show host who is left for dead by terrorists.

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Sat 1 Nov

Part of Africa in Motion.

Selma

Selma
  • 2014
  • US
  • Directed by: Ava DuVernay
  • Cast: Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding Jr, Tom Wilkinson

At the height of the American Civil Rights Movement, protesters including Martin Luther King Jr walk from Selma to Montgomery. This film portrays these real life events as well the response from the US President Lyndon B Johnson.

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Mon 27 Oct

UK premiere. Part of Africa in Motion.

September

September
  • 2013
  • Germany/Greece
  • 105 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Penny Panayotopoulou
  • Written by: Penny Panayotopoulou
  • Cast: Nikos Diamandis, Kora Karvouni, Youlika Skafida

September marks endings and beginnings in this delicate film for all moods and seasons.

Young Anna works in a mall restaurant and lives a lonely life along with her dog, Manu. Observing the happy family life of her neighbour Sophia, she longs for the same love and affection. When Manu suddenly falls ill and dies, Anna desperately tries to fill his place in her life with Sophia's family. Kora Karvouni excels in the introspective leading role of this complex, unconventional work that daringly explores the ambivalences of loneliness, love, happiness and independence.

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Tue 2 Dec

Times & prices to be confirmed

Part of Greek Film Festival.

Shorts for Middle Ones

  • 50 min
  • PG

A selection of short films for ages 8+.

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Sun 2 Nov

Shorts for Wee Ones

  • 45 min

A collection of short films for young children ages 3+.

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Sun 26 Oct

Siliva Zulu

Siliva Zulu
  • 1928
  • Italy/South Africa
  • 64 min
  • Directed by: Attilio Gatti

Semi-fictionalised documentary following romantic rivalry and featuring the ritual, folklore and witchcraft of Zulu culture.

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Sun 26 Oct

UK Premiere. Part of Africa in Motion.

The Threepenny Opera (Die 3 Groschen-Oper)

The Threepenny Opera (Die 3 Groschen-Oper)
  • 4 stars
  • 1931
  • Germany
  • 113 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: GW Pabst
  • Cast: Rudolf Forster, Carola Neher, Reinhold Shunzel.

Brecht and Weill's musical play is shifted to Victorian London, where gentleman thief Mack The Knife makes his way between the social classes. The satire remains strong and the songs are excellent.

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Wed 29 Oct

Plus introduction. Introduction to European Cinema.

Timbuktu

Timbuktu
  • 2014
  • France/Mauritania
  • 97 min
  • Directed by: Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed, Adel Mahmoud Cherif, Salem Dendou

A look at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant Islamic rebels.

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Sat 1 Nov

Part of Africa in Motion.

Tony Benn: Will and Testament

Tony Benn: Will and Testament
  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • Directed by: Skip Kite
  • Written by: Skip Kite

Documentary on the the life and influence of the longest serving British MP, with music by Sheena Wellington and Arthur Johnstone.

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Sun 2 Nov
Mon 3 Nov
Tue 4 Nov
  • 15:15
  • 18:00
Wed 5 Nov
  • 20:55
Thu 6 Nov
  • 15:15
  • 18:00

Visions of the Future: African Science Fiction Shorts

  • 73 min
  • 15

A selection of short films exploring futuristic and fantastic alternative futures.

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Sun 9 Nov

This year's line-up features Robots of Brixton, Jonah, Touch and Pumzi. BFI Days of Fear & Wonder. Part of Africa in Motion.

  • 20:45

White Shadow

White Shadow
  • 2013
  • Tanzania/Germany/Italy
  • 117 min
  • Directed by: Noaz Deshe
  • Cast: Hamisi Bazili, Salum Abdallah, Riziki Ally

The story of Alias, a young Albino on the run, hunted by local witch doctors who use Albinos body parts for their potions.

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Tue 28 Oct

Part of Africa in Motion.

Wild Duck

Wild Duck
  • 2013
  • Greece
  • 88 min
  • Directed by: Yiannis Sakaridis
  • Cast: Alexandros Logothetis, Themis Bazaka, Giorgos Pyrpassopoulos

Two telecom engineers investigate hacker activity and make a scandalous discovery. Sakaridis's film was shot guerrilla-style with friends and collaborators after funding for a more expensive project fell through, making it a portrait of the Greek crisis as seen from the inside.

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Sat 29 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed

Part of Greek Film festival.

Write Shoot Cut

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

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Mon 10 Nov

£6 (£5)

  • 18:15
Mon 8 Dec

£6 (£5)

  • 18:15

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