EIFF 2015: Films to discover

EIFF 2015: Films to discover

Chuck Norris vs Communism

Including Scottish Mussel, Chuck Norris vs Communism and Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me

The EIFF seems to have regained a sense of discovery in 2015; new releases from Pixar (Inside Out), Asif Kapadia's Amy and Ewan McGregor's turn as Jesus in Last Days in the Desert may be among its biggest draws, but here’s a short-list of ten less heralded but equally worthwhile items from EIFF director Mark Adams' first programme.

13 Minutes
Oliver Hirschbiegel, the director of Downfall, came a cropper with his attempts at an English-language cross-over (The Invasion, Diana) before wowing audiences at this year’s Berlin Film Festival with his comeback. Returning to a WWII setting, this historical drama stars rising German star Christian Friedel as Georg Elser, who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939.
Thu 18 & Sat 20 Jun

Every Secret Thing
Directing the late James Gandolfini opposite Seinfeld’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said has propelled Nicole Holofcener to global acclaim; here, she provides the script for Amy Berg’s look at the aftermath of infanticide with Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning.
Fri 19 & Sat 20 Jun

The Obscure Spring
Best known for his role in Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited, Jose Maria Yazpik makes sparks fly with co-star Irene Azuela as star-crossed lovers in this erotic drama from Ernesto Contreras, director of festival-circuit favourite Blue Eyelids.
Sat 20 & Sun 28 Jun

Welcome to Me
Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig has established herself as a queen of indie-drama with last year’s The Skeleton Twins and Hateship Loveship. Shira Piven’s comedy/drama casts Wiig as Alice Kleig, who uses her lottery money to create a TV show that’s just about her. James Marsden, Wes Bentley and Joan Cusack support.
Sun 21 & 23 Jun

Cut Snake
Sullivan Stapleton has gained leading-man status in Hollywood with 300: Rise of an Empire; director Tony Ayres (The Slap) brings him back to Australia for a terse Brisbane-set thriller about two ex-cons who find themselves tempted back to their old, violent ways.
Tue 23 & Thu 25 Jun

Outside of his mainstream hit Pineapple Express, David Gordon Green has made thoughtful low-ley drama his thing with George Washington, Prince Avalanche and Joe. A career-resurgent Al Pacino plays the Texan locksmith of the title, with Holly Hunter as the subject of his tentative romantic overtures.
Tue 23 & Sun 28 Jun

The First Film
Distributor, publisher, producer and occasion actor David Wilkinson is one of the great characters of British cinema; his latest documentary looks at the forgotten figure of Louis Le Prince, who kickstarted the medium of film in Leeds circa 1888.
Tue 23 & Thu 25 Jun

Chuck Norris vs Communism
Romanian writer/director Ilinca Calugareanu’s provocatively titled documentary looks at how the wave of VHS action movies in the 1980s may (or may not) have influenced the Romanian Revolution.
Wed 24 & Thu 25 Jun

Scottish Mussel
Actress-turned writer/director Talulah Riley pulls together some disparate talents including Martin Compston, Harry Enfield and Paul Brannigan for this conservation-based local comedy.
Fri 26 & Sat 27 Jun

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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.