The Bling Ring: 5 films adding glitz, gold and glamour to EIFF 2013

The Bling Ring: 5 films adding glitz, gold and glamour to EIFF 2013

The Great Hip Hop Hoax / credit: Goetz Werner

Edinburgh International Film Festival features The East, The Way We Dance and The Great Hip Hop Hoax

As evidenced by Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, this year's EIFF isn't all Kurdish family dramas and Scandic austerity. Here we take a look at five films that add a touch of glitz, gold and glamour to the EIFF programme

The East

At first glance, this eco-activist infiltration thriller doesn't appear so blingy, but the cast is comprised of some of the most attractive young talent Hollywood has to offer, including Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard.
Cineworld, Thu 20 & Sun 23 Jun.

The Way We Dance

Focusing on the bling-obsessed hip hop genre, this film follows the established dance movie protocol of 'talented outsider earns respect of her peers'. Except it's filmed in Hong Kong and features tai chi-inspired moves.
Cineworld, Sat 22 & Sun 23 Jun.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax

Another film taking its lead from the rap game, this (kind of) true story follows two Scottish boys as they try to make it (or just fake it) in the musical style that covets bling more than any other.
Cineworld, Wed 26 & Thu 27 Jun; Odeon Wester Hailes, Fri 28 Jun.

Il Futuro

A moving drama between a young woman (Manuella Martelli) and a reclusive and elderly blind man (Rutger Hauer), this might not appear to be immediately glitzy - until you remember she only started romancing him to steal his millions.
Filmhouse, Thu 27 & Fri 28 Jun.


It may be a minimalist German western about the harshness of the frontier wilderness, but the titular substance at the plot's core is literally the stuff bling is made of.
Cineworld, Sat 29 Jun; Filmhouse, Sun 30 Jun.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax

  • 2 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jeanie Finlay
  • UK release: 6 September 2013

Documentary about 'Californian rappers' Silibil 'n' Brains, actually two Scottish students with fake accents and false identities.

Il Futuro (The Future)

  • 2013
  • Italy / Chile / Germany / Spain
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Alicia Scherson
  • Written by: Roberto Bolaño, Alicia Scherson
  • Cast: Manuela Martelli, Rutger Hauer, Luigi Ciardo

Planning to rob a reclusive, blind millionaire, a girl becomes intimately involved with her target. Featuring spellbinding central performances from Manuela Martelli and Rutger Hauer, Director/screenwriter Alicia Scherson's moving story of trust, intimacy and self-discovery is steeped in beauty and poignancy; the ever…

The East

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • US / UK
  • 1h 56min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Zal Batmanglij
  • Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page
  • UK release: 28 June 2013

A spy is sent in to infiltrate a group of eco-terrorists. However, when she falls for the group's charismatic leader she finds her loyalties tested.

The Way We Dance (Kwong Mo Pai)

  • 2013
  • Hong Kong
  • 1h 50min
  • Directed by: Adam Wong
  • Cast: Cherry Ngan, Babyjohn Choi, Lokman Yeung

‘How far are you willing to go for dance?’ Leaving her parents’ tofu restaurant behind, aspiring dancer Fleur enters university and promptly joins the hip-hop dance club. Her idiosyncratic moves are too advanced for the other dancers, but she finds approval from the chairman of the Tai Chi club, who encourages her to make…


  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 2h 1min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stephen Gaghan
  • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard
  • UK release: 3 February 2017

Small-time Reno-based prospector Kenny Wells (McConaughey) takes a chance on maverick geologist Mike Acosta (Ramirez) and goes to find gold in the Indonesian jungle. There’s a bit too much focus on McConaughey’s goofy grin and sweaty flesh, and the film never really finds its groove.