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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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  • Website www.filmhousecinema.com
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Apostasy

Apostasy
  • 2017
  • 1h 35min
  • Directed by: Daniel Kokotajlo
  • Cast: Molly Wright, Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson

Family drama set among a close-knit community of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Oldham. Ivanna's eldest daughter is at college facing bad influences so she decides to match her youngest daughter with a church elder.

Sat 21 Jul
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Sun 29 Jul
Mon 30 Jul
Parent & baby
Tue 31 Jul
Wed 1 Aug
Thu 2 Aug

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Benh Zeitlin
  • Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly

Six-year-old Hushpuppy (Wallis) and her ailing father (Henry) live in the Louisiana backwaters until a violent storm throws their lives into turmoil. Henry and Wallis are non-professional actors who inhabit their roles with astonishing ease and conviction, and the film is bracingly original and beguiling.

Wed 18 Jul

Belle de Jour

Belle de Jour
  • 1967
  • France/Italy
  • 1h 40min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Luis Buñuel
  • Written by: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière, Joseph Kessel
  • Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page

The beautiful but bored wife of a surgeon spends her afternoons working in a brothel where she meets an odd assortment of characters. Buñuel's treatment of the bourgeoisie is typically cool and unforgiving, and his blurring of the line between fantasy and reality so successful that by the end, we wonder whether the whole movie could have been dreamt up by the protagonist. Wonderfully amoral comedy of manners.

Thu 19 Jul
Subtitled
Sat 21 Jul
Subtitled

Cobra Verde

Cobra Verde
  • 1987
  • Germany
  • 1h 51min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Werner Herzog
  • Cast: Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy

After losing his ranch to a drought, Fransisco Manoel becomes notorious bandit Cobra Verde. Having been caught escaping, the owner of one of the largest plantations offers him a job. However when he discovers that Fransisco has impregnated all three of his daughters and his true criminal identity, he sends him to his death in Africa. Cobra Verde crosses the ocean to a land where white people are savagely exterminated.

Sun 22 Jul
Subtitled

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter
  • 1978
  • US
  • 3h
  • 18
  • Directed by: Michael Cimino
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep

The Vietnam war has the effect of disrupting the lives of a small steel town, as various friends go off to face the horrors of war and return with emotional scars. A daring triptych structure, the first part of which displays a rare sympathy for the traditions and rituals of the emigrant community, marks this out as a Cimino movie, as he explores his favourite theme of American idealism being stretched almost to breaking point. Superb performances all round.

Mon 16 Jul

East Of Eden

East Of Eden
  • 1954
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Elia Kazan
  • Written by: Paul Osborn,, John Steinbeck (uncredited)
  • Cast: Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos, Jo Van Fleet

In a 1913 Californian farming valley, a wild adolescent boy rebels against his father and discovers a dark secret about the mother he thought was dead. Self-consciously meaningful family histrionics: a film always far too pleased with itself and rampantly over-acted with it.

Mon 16 Jul
Tue 24 Jul

From Scotland with Love

From Scotland with Love
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 1h 16min
  • U
  • Directed by: Virginia Heath

A film journey into Scotland's past exploring love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play. Set to music by King Creosote.

Tue 17 Jul

Hereditary

Hereditary
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 7min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ari Aster
  • Cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro

Annie (Collette) is an artist who crafts a dollhouse depicting the traumas of her life, but then her family begins to feel they’re being haunted by her late mother. Unnervingly oppressive debut from Aster, exploring maternal guilt and family anxiety. Collette has one of her best roles in years.

Fri 20 Jul
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Thu 26 Jul

The Islands and the Whales

The Islands and the Whales
  • 2016
  • 1h 23min
  • Directed by: Mike Day

An insight into the unique Nordic community who live on the Faroe Islands. For many residents hunting pilot whales is a way of life, but one that may not continue as the whales become contaminated with mercury and other chemicals PCBs.

Mon 16 Jul
Tue 17 Jul

Jour De Fete

Jour De Fete
  • 1948
  • France
  • 1h 20min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jacques Tati
  • Cast: Jacques Tati, Guy Decomble.

A rural French postie sees a film about the efficiency of the American mail service and decides to smarten up his act. This debut feature by Tati, effortlessly builds visual set-pieces and establishes the amiable duffer of a central role that was later to become the unforgettable M Hulot.

Tue 17 Jul
Subtitled
Wed 18 Jul
Subtitled
Fri 20 Jul
Subtitled
Sat 21 Jul
Subtitled

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 1h 44min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Written by: Alan Bennett
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Dominic Cooper, James Corden

Writer Alan Bennett (Jennings, uncanny) allows cantankerous drifter Miss Shepherd (Smith) to make his Camden Town driveway her home for 15 years. Bennett's screenplay of this 'autobiopic' is a delight, showing how human kindness can be hilariously begrudging, but some of its conceits can be distracting.

Tue 17 Jul

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Debra Granik
  • Cast: Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie

Tom (McKenzie) is the teenage daughter of Will (Foster), a traumatised military veteran who sells on his own PTSD medication and takes her from place to place, refusing to settle down. Sensitive and non-judgmental picture of a capable young woman and her well-meaning but troubled father, with gorgeously subtle performances.

Mon 16 Jul
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Sun 22 Jul
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Parent & baby
Tue 24 Jul
Wed 25 Jul
Thu 26 Jul

The Leopard

The Leopard
  • 1963
  • Italy
  • 3h 7min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Luchino Visconti
  • Written by: Pasquale Festa Campanile, Enrico Medioli, Massimo Franciosa, Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi d'Amico
  • Cast: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Serge Reggiani, Mario Girotti, Pierre Clementi

Characteristically lavish Visconti adaptation of Giuseppe De Lampedusa's classic novel of the Italian Risorgimento has a splendid Lancaster as the prince of Salina reflecting mournfully on the rise of the bourgeoisie when his nephew Delon marries merchant's daughter Cardinale. It's undeniably overlong and rather slow-moving but Visconti's handling of the epic final ball sequence is a further demonstration of his mastery of composition for the wide screen and his later conception of film-as-opera.

Thu 19 Jul
Subtitled
Mon 23 Jul
Subtitled

The Piano

The Piano
  • 1993
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jane Campion
  • Written by: Jane Campion
  • Cast: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Sam Neill

Jane Campion's masterpiece follows mute Scotswoman Ada (Hunter) as she travels to 19th century New Zealand with her piano and daughter to enter into an arranged marriage. Soon she begins a passionate and erotic affair with her illiterate neighbour as a means to regaining her treasured instrument. Impeccable performances lift this highly charged piece to the realms of classic cinema. Undoubtedly one of the best films of the 90s.

Wed 18 Jul
Thu 19 Jul

Racer and the Jailbird

Racer and the Jailbird
  • 2017
  • Belgium / France / Netherlands
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michaël R Roskam
  • Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke

Gigi (Schoenaerts) is a gentlemanly gangster who falls for Bibi (Exarchopoulos), a rich girl racer working for daddy’s construction company, only she doesn’t believe he’s really a criminal. Plodding, overlong and underwhelming crime drama which gives Exarchopoulos in particular not nearly enough to work with; a lacklustre romance and an underpowered thriller.

Mon 16 Jul
Subtitled
Tue 17 Jul
Subtitled
Wed 18 Jul
Subtitled
Thu 19 Jul
Subtitled

The Rape Of Recy Taylor

The Rape Of Recy Taylor
  • 2017
  • 1h 31min
  • Directed by: Nancy Buirski
  • Cast: Tommy Bernardi, Robert Corbitt, Alma Daniels

Mrs Recy Taylor was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up and fought for justice with help from Rosa Parks and legions of women.

Sun 22 Jul
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Tue 24 Jul

Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah
  • 2009
  • Australia
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Warwick Thornton
  • Written by: Warwick Thornton
  • Cast: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson

Thornton draws on his experience of growing up in central Australia for this directorial debut about two teenagers who form an unlikely relationship. Their Aboriginal community is captured without judgement, including the violence, drug abuse and the antagonistic relationship with their white neighbours, and it is this impartial documentation that makes this an intelligent and unsentimental work. Without doubt a very worthy and moving cinematic experience.

Sun 22 Jul

Santa Sangre

Santa Sangre
  • 1989
  • Italy/Mexico
  • 18
  • Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Written by: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roberto Leoni, Claudio Argento
  • Cast: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Sabrina Dennison, Adan Jodorowsky, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou, Faviola Tapia

Against the backdrop of a circus, young Fenix witnesses horrifying events when his strongman father commits suicide after dismembering the boy's mother. Committed for 20 years, he eventually escapes, only to find the maternal bonds still strong, driving him to kill any woman he finds attractive. Jodorowsky's film is deliberately disturbing and provocative, but its visual imagination makes it a landmark in cinematic surrealism.

Mon 16 Jul

Sherlock Gnomes

Sherlock Gnomes
  • 2018
  • UK/US
  • PG
  • Directed by: John Stevenson
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Michael Caine

When the gnomes of London go missing, the titular detective (Depp) and his long-suffering sidekick (Ejiofor) go looking for them. Despite vivid animation and a fine voice cast, there’s just not enough story to fuel this hardly-necessary sequel to the lacklustre 2011 original.

Sun 22 Jul

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train
  • 1951

Classic Hitchcock about two strangers who concoct a plan to each murder someone on behalf of the other, thus committing the 'perfect crime'.

Fri 20 Jul
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Sun 22 Jul

Vertigo

Vertigo
  • 1958
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Written by: Alec Coppel, Samuel A Taylor
  • Cast: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes

Detective Stewart, a man afraid of heights, falls in love with a woman who apparently commits suicide. When he meets her double, he becomes obsessed with the possibility that she is still alive. Extraordinary plotting in this undervalued Hitchcock study of romantic mania, with Stewart memorably cast against type as the distinctly on-the-edge cop. The Bernard Herrmann score is simultaneously lush and disturbing.

Mon 16 Jul
Parent & baby
Tue 17 Jul
Wed 18 Jul
Thu 19 Jul

Whitney

Whitney
  • 2018
  • UK/US
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
  • Cast: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown,

Clear-sighted, compassionate portrait of Whitney Houston, which derives its strength from the range of testimony it’s collected, from family members, surly former husband Brown, film co-stars and assorted siblings and loved ones. It reminds us of her thrilling, spine-tingling voice while bringing revelations that many of her troubles lay in childhood trauma.

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Beginning in 1979, Edinburgh's Filmhouse was gradually converted from St. Thomas Church into a three screen cinema. Sometime host of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, it features a café bar and monthly quiz.

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