The Bling Ring: 5 films adding glitz, gold and glamour to EIFF 2013
- Niki Boyle
- 4 June 2013
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
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.
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.
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.
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.