Filmhouse, 6pm; also screening at Cineworld, Sat 30 June, 7.45pm.
The Mirror Never LiesNew Perspectives. Poetic story of 12-year-old Pakis who lives on a small island inhabited by members of the Bajo tribe. An Indonesian coming-of-age story with environmentalist undertones.
Filmhouse, 8pm; also screening at Filmhouse, Fri 22 June, 8.05pm.
The Suburban TrilogyBlack Box. Three experimental films by Abigail Child about gender and immigration. An anthropological collage using found footage and documentary material.
Filmhouse, 9.40pm; also screening at Filmhouse, Fri 29 June, 5.05pm.
Tetsuo Ii: Body Hammer Spotlight on Shinya Tsukamoto. Action-thriller follow-up to Tetsuo: The Iron Man about a cyborg gang conspiracy. Regarded by many as superior to the first.
Thursday 28 June
Blue Black Permanent Special screenings. The only feature of esteemed Scottish filmmaker and artist Margaret Tait, 20 years after it premiered at the EIFF. A delicate and haunting film about a daughter’s grief.
Berberian Sound Studio Michael Powell Award Competition. A sound technician from the UK travels to work at the notorious horror sound studios in Italy in Peter Strickland’s much anticipated second feature after Katalin Varga. Filmhouse, 8.20pm; also screening at Filmhouse, Fri 29 June, 6pm.
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie Night Moves. Nutty US comedians Tim and Eric bring their unique, trashy humour to the big screen. With appearances from Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell and Jeff Goldblum.
Filmhouse, 10.45pm; also screening at Cameo, Sat 30 June, 11.15pm.
Cast: Tim Mabalot, Marife Necesito, Palito, Alex Tiglao, Stefan Punongbayan, Jonathan Reyes, Whitney Tyson, Tony Hunt, Pango, Jim Rocky Tangco, Rodney Aquino
All-stops-out splatter-punk cinema from one of the most prolific and versatile talents of the Philippines. Based on an acclaimed novel by Norman Wilwayco, Mondomanila is a messy, grotesque, high-energy tour of a criminal demimonde. 'Khavn … exaggerates poverty, turning it into a carnival, a spectacle, an extravaganza. By…
A police detective kills someone while attempting to catch a murderer. He conceals his crime, but his troubled conscience keeps him awake at night. Director Skjoldbjaerg inverts the familiar genre conventions of film noir, replacing neo-lit city streets with a bleak, bright coastal landscape.
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
UK release: 3 August 2012
A rebellious Scottish princess defies her mother's marriage plans and unleashes a curse on her fairytale kingdom, then must complete a number of challenges in order to lift it. The kick-ass tomboyishness of Merida and luscious landscapes make up for a wavering story.
Cast: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr, Mackenzie Brooke Smith, Melinda Page Hamilton
UK release: 4 July 2012
Recently diagnosed with a brain tumour, man on the edge Frank (Murray) decides to rid the world of rude and annoying people. After witnessing his first murder, schoolgirl Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) becomes his sidekick as the duo embark on a killing spree. Dark and satirical, but disappointingly unoriginal.
Youngster Ted (Efron) discovers the grumpy but charming Lorax (perfectly voiced by De Vito) trying to protect his world from a greedy mayor and a ruined old hermit. Beautifully-designed 3D animation and uniquely odd Seussian characters are undermined by the script, which buries Dr Seuss’s sharp tale in a mish-mash of…
Directed by: Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabío, Laurent Cantet
Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Daniel Brühl, Emir Kusturica, Elia Suleiman, Vladimir Cruz, Mirta Ibarra, Jorge Perugorria
UK release: 6 July 2012
Seven tragicomic short films by seven international directors sketching contemporary life in Havana, all of them written by Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura Fuentes. Inevitably, some are better than others but together they're a rich, vivid and non-stereotypical portrait of the Cuban capital.
Curious, compelling and compassionate, Denis Côté’s contemplative portrait of animals in captivity is, put simply, a series of beautifully framed and composed tableaux of a variety of animals at Quebec’s Parc Safari; but it’s also a complex meditation on the relationship between man, beast and environment. Côté lets his…
Cast: Vera Strokova, Aleksey Podolskiy, Aleksey Znamenskiy, Sergey Kuzmento, Petr Mamonov
A prize winner at last year’s Moscow International Film Festival that went on to become a surprise hit in cinemas across Russia. At a Crimean resort, various characters cross paths with one another across an intricate multi-story narrative. Among them are a mismatched couple who meet on the internet, a group of deaf…
Following his previous feature, The Caller (2008), director Richard Ledes again calls on the deadpan comedic skills of Elliot Gould to play the eponymous Fred – a man stubbornly refusing to accompany his Alzheimer’s suffering wife to her new care home. A comedy of errors akin to Woody Allen – if only for the casting of…
An empathetic and often beautiful documentary about those living in the aftermath of Japan’s 2011 tsunami from Tokyo-based filmmaker Yojyu Matsubayashi. Intimate and memorable, Matsubayashi captures the resilience and adaptability of the human spirit.
Cast: Kyrre Hellum, Henrik Mestad, Marie Blokhus, Mads Ousdal, Andreas Cappelen, Arthur Berning, Lena Kristin Ellingsen, Jan Grønli, Fridtjov Såheim, Peter Andersson
Black comedy in which a syndicate of workers at a Norwegian artificial Christmas tree factory win big on the pools leading to friendships breaking down and violent characters surface. Not a game-changer, but still a sprightly low-budget film that will appeal to fans of the Nordic crime genre.
Luis, a prosperous retiree, falls down a big hole dug in his community golf course by unknown malefactors. Meanwhile, his ne’er-do-well brother loses the ability to read due to an unidentified neurological condition. The family strains and buckles under the stresses of these two mysteries, which may not have solutions, in…
Cast: Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Joan Bennett, Joel McCrea
The flow of life at a progressive psychiatric hospital is disturbed by the arrival of the conservative new superintendent and his sister. This unusual melodrama, one of the first Hollywood films to deal with mental illness, is one of La Cava’s most visually arresting works.
Cast: Wu Yuchi, Yang Xiaomin, Lei Ting, Zhan Yi, Meng Yan
Guangdong, China. The economy is racing forward, carrying the sex industry along with it. Taking as their watchword 'the customer is king', the idealistic boss of Chang Eh Sauna and his hard-working employees seek to transform their enterprise into a modern 'entertainment kingdom'. Director Zou Peng, aided by master…
Cast: Grégory Annoni, Yan Brian, Leïla Denio, Philippe Duquesne, Nathan Duval
Sexual frankness of a very Gallic kind abounds in Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold’s wholly aptly-titled fifth joint directorial outing. Mum, Dad, Brother, adopted sister and Granddad are all at it – all but 15-year-old Romain, in fact, who fears there’s no end in sight for his virginity. But when he is caught in the act…
Cast: Tomorowo Taguchi, Nobu Kanaoka, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sujin Kim
The first sequel to Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo, The Iron Man, this film is considered by many fans to be superior to the original. Reinterpreting the premise of the first film within a more straightforward action-thriller context, Tsukamoto here depicts a conspiracy of a gang of cyborgs. Their target is a seemingly ordinary…
The seminal work of extreme Japanese cyberpunk, newly restored from the original negative by cult director Shinya Tsukamoto himself. 'Revolving around the transformation of people into grotesque hybrids of flesh and metal, Tetsuo is above all an overwhelming audiovisual experience, set to a brain-pounding score by Chu…
Three films about girlhood and the immigrant dream. Veteran found footage filmmaker Abigail Child is well known for her radical reworking of established cinematic and cultural codes through an idiosyncratic use of montage and disjunctions of sound and image. This feature-length project renews these concerns with three…
Adolescent anxiety inspires a 'love that dare not speak its name' in Dan Sallitt’s frank and patient family drama. Jackie, a New York suburban teen, lives at home with her withdrawn, but loving, widow mother, her sister and her older brother, Matthew, with whom she just so happens to be properly, deeply in love. But…