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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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8 Women

8 Women
  • 2002
  • France
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: François Ozon
  • Cast: Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Danielle Darrieux

A family's dark secrets are revealed when a man is murdered at an isolated mansion, leaving behind eight curious suspects.

Tue 19 Dec

The Big City

  • 1928
Mon 18 Dec

Blade of the Immortal

Blade of the Immortal
  • 2017
  • Japan / UK
  • 2h 20min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Takashi Miike
  • Cast: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi

Immortal swordsman Manji (Kimura) is haunted by the death of his sister until he meets Rin (Sugisaki) who reminds him of her and who also seeks vengeance: redemption time! Ultra-violent samurai action directed with typical panache but also with surprising conscience and splashes of macabre humour.

Thu 14 Dec
Subtitled

Bound

Bound
  • 1996
  • US
  • 1h 37min
  • 18
  • Directed by: The Wachowski brothers
  • Written by: The Wachowski brothers
  • Cast: Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano

Ex-con Corky (Gershon) is seduced by Violet (Tilly) into helping steal $2 million from mob money-launderer Caesar (Pantoliano), but the sting doesn't go smoothly. After a slightly clichéd opening, oozing with steamy lesbian sex, this neo-noir thriller comes into its own. Tightly plotted and full of stylish quirks, its story takes unpredictable twists to keep any of the characters holding all the cards at one time.

Fri 15 Dec

The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children
  • 1995
  • France
  • 1h 52min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
  • Written by: Gilles Adrien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Cast: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet.

On a mist-shrouded oil rig, mad scientist Krank ages prematurely because he cannot dream, and so he kidnaps children from the local port and steals into their sleeping hours. A visually wonderful, wacky fairytale from the makers of Delicatessen, that brims over with cinematic imagination.

Wed 20 Dec
Subtitled

Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy
  • 1984
  • UK
  • 1h 46min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Bill Forsyth
  • Written by: Bill Forsyth
  • Cast: Bill Paterson, Clare Grogan, Eleanor David, Alex Norton, Rikki Fulton

After his wife leaves him over Christmas, a DJ (Paterson) ends up mediating in an ice-cream war between two local factions, a process which helps rebuild his self-esteem. One of Forsyth's best films, notable for a fine early performance from Paterson in the central role.

Sun 17 Dec
Mon 18 Dec

Die Hard

Die Hard
  • 1988
  • US
  • 2h 11min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John McTiernan
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Alexander Godunov

Willis plays a cop who attends a tower block Christmas party with his estranged spouse. The building is raided by terrorists, so it's left to Willis to bump off the baddies and save the hostages while the police and FBI languish ineptly on the sidelines. Unbearably tense actioner that gets good mileage out of yawning lift-shafts and flying bullets, while Willis is convincing as an ordinary guy trying to cope with it all. Watch out for Brit Rickman as a villain with a sense of humour.

Thu 21 Dec

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut
  • 1999
  • US
  • 2h 39min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Written by: Stanley Kubrick, Frederic Raphael
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack

Had Kubrick chosen to stage his adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's 'Dream Novel' in its original 'fin de siecle' Viennese setting, audiences might have found the whole primitive Freudian mess easy to stomach. Transposing the would-be decadent psychosexual shenanigans to contemporary Manhattan, however, proves disastrous. What makes 'Eyes Wide Shut' just about watchable is the screen presence of its two stars.

Fri 15 Dec

Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo
  • 1982
  • Peru/West Germany
  • 2h 38min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Werner Herzog
  • Written by: Werner Herzog
  • Cast: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy

At the turn of the century, an eccentric Irish rubber baron, known to the natives as Fitzcarraldo, decides to build an opera house in the Peruvian jungle. To this end, his massive steamship has to be hauled over a mountain, resulting in a determinedly realistic South American odyssey that proved punishing for director, star, and the unfortunate hordes sucked into making their dreams a reality. But the result is damned impressive.

Sun 17 Dec
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Happy End

Happy End
  • 2017
  • France / Austria / Germany
  • 1h 47min
  • Directed by: Michael Haneke
  • Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin

The story of a powerful, privileged bourgeois family living near Calais but seemingly oblivious to everything happening on its doorstep. It’s bleak and pitiless, and doesn’t quite have the hypnotic intensity of previous Haneke films like Amour and The White Ribbon.

Thu 14 Dec

Home Alone

Home Alone
  • 1990
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Chris Columbus
  • Written by: John Hughes
  • Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O'Hara

Peter and Kate McCallister (Heard and O'Hara) have an eight-year-old brat and wisely – albeit accidentally – leave him behind in Chicago when they go on holiday to Paris. Left to his own devices young Kevin (Culkin) has to deal with two bungling burglars (Pesci and Stern) who threaten to invade his peaceful haven. Jolly, if sadistic, scare-comedy antics produced by teen flick veteran John Hughes.

Sun 17 Dec

Human Flow

Human Flow
  • 2017
  • Germany
  • 2h 20min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ai Weiwei
  • Cast: Israa Abboud, Hiba Abed, Rami Abu Sondos

Ambitious documentary about the global refugee crisis,, made with 25 crews criss-crossing the globe. Ai’s empathy for the displaced comes through and although it’s a little unwieldy at times, it’s full of poetic images and fascinating on-the-ground footage.

Fri 15 Dec
Sat 16 Dec
Sun 17 Dec
Mon 18 Dec
Tue 19 Dec
Wed 20 Dec
Thu 21 Dec

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto)

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto)
  • 1970
  • Italy
  • 1h 52min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Elio Petri
  • Cast: Gian Maria Volonté, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio

Petri's Best Foreign Film Oscar winner is a Kafkaesque drama about a police chief who murders his mistress.

Sat 16 Dec
Subtitled

It's A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life
  • 1946
  • US
  • 2h 9min
  • U
  • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers

Small-town boy Stewart runs into financial difficulties and is on the brink of suicide when an elderly angel descends to earth to show him all the good his life has done for those around him. Archetypal Capra sentimentality with a superbly detailed fantasy framework and one of Stewart's most lovable performances. One to warm even the most glacial heart.

Fri 15 Dec
Sat 16 Dec
Sun 17 Dec
Mon 18 Dec
Tue 19 Dec
Wed 20 Dec
Thu 21 Dec
Fri 22 Dec
Sat 23 Dec
Sun 24 Dec

The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute
  • 1975
  • Sweden
  • 2h 15min
  • Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
  • Cast: Ingmar Bergman, Alf Henrikson, Emanuel Schikaneder

A fantastical opera dealing with the initiation ceremonies of the Masons. Based on Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.

Mon 18 Dec
Subtitled

The Man on the Roof

The Man on the Roof
  • 1976
  • Sweden
  • 1h 50min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Bo Widerberg
  • Written by: Maj Sjöwall (novel), Per Wahlöö (novel), Bo Widerberg (screenplay)
  • Cast: Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt, Sven Wollter, Thomas Hellberg, Håkan Serner

Stylish policier with a political message based on 'The Abominable Man' by Sjowall & Wahloo. Rare screening.

Thu 21 Dec
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The Mattei Affair (Il Caso Mattei)

The Mattei Affair (Il Caso Mattei)
  • 1972
  • Italy
  • 1h 56min
  • Directed by: Francesco Rosi
  • Cast: Gian Maria Volonté, Luigi Squarzina, Gianfranco Ombuen

A biography of the life and suspicious death of Italy's famous oil merchant, a freedom fighter against the Nazi's and an investor in methane gas.

Tue 19 Dec

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death
  • 1946
  • UK
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
  • Written by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
  • Cast: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey, Marius Goring

A witty and stylish film that rises above its beginnings as a piece of wartime propaganda about goodwill between Britain and the US. Niven is an RAF pilot who finds himself before a heavenly tribunal when he bales out of his burning plane.

Thu 14 Dec

Meet Me In St Louis

Meet Me In St Louis
  • 1944
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • U
  • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main

Released during wartime, this 1903-set musical was an optimistic attempt to emphasise family values, but Minnelli never wallows in nostalgia. Instead he combats it with sparky and sarky family dynamics. The put-upon father wants to move his family from St Louis to New York but faces resistance from his gaggle of girls who have romances to get on with, and the fast-approaching World Fair to enjoy. Perfect casting and performances, along with songs like 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' add to the warm glow.

Sun 17 Dec
Mon 18 Dec
Parent & baby

Menashe

Menashe
  • 2017
  • 1h 22min
  • U
  • Directed by: Joshua Z Weinstein
  • Cast: Menashe Lustig, Yoel Falkowitz

In a conservative Hasidic community in Brooklyn, widowed father Menashe (Lustig) wants to raise his own 12-year-old son (Niborski), but the rabbi rules that the boy must live with relatives until such time as Menashe is ready to remarry. Lightly comic character piece which examines its milieu with affection and humour.

Thu 14 Dec

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • 1992
  • US
  • 1h 25min
  • U
  • Directed by: Brian Henson
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Steven Mackintosh, Muppet Performers:, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, David Rudman, Steve Whitmire

It's Christmas time, and nasty old miser Scrooge (Caine) needs to be taught a lesson by three seasonal ghosts. Colourful version of Dickens' classic tale that will please the kids and keep the adults smiling with its little irreverent spices.

Fri 15 Dec
Sat 16 Dec
Tue 19 Dec
Sun 24 Dec

The Party

The Party
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 11min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sally Potter
  • Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones

Janet (Scott Thomas) is throwing a party to celebrate her promotion to Shadow Health Minister, but as friends arrive, secrets emerge and it all starts to unravel. Potter’s most accessible and uproarious film yet runs to a succinct 71 minutes but expertly takes the pulse of the nation.

Fri 15 Dec
Sat 16 Dec
Sun 17 Dec
Mon 18 Dec
Tue 19 Dec

Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever
  • 1977
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John Badham
  • Cast: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Paul Pape, Donna Pescow, Bruce Ornstein, Martin Shakar, Julie Bovasso, Fran Drescher

Remember the Bee Gees music, the white suits, the days when Travolta was a promising young talent? Nostalgia rules again with the revival of this rather ordinary teen rebellion/dance mini-classic in which an ordinary working-class youth finds the only meaning in his life during his energetic peregrinations on the weekend dance floor.

Thu 14 Dec

Thelma

Thelma
  • 2017
  • Norway/France/Denmark/Sweden
  • 1h 56min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joachim Trier
  • Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen

Thelma (Harboe) is a shy student who, when she falls in love with fellow student Anja (Wilkins), discovers that she has fantastic powers. Expertly crafted slice of Scandinavian psycho-noir with an exceptional performance from Harboe as the vulnerable Thelma, who discovers she can be both miracle and monster.

Mon 18 Dec
Subtitled
Tue 19 Dec
Subtitled
Wed 20 Dec
Subtitled
Thu 21 Dec
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Trophy

Trophy
  • 2017
  • USA/UK/Namibia/South Africa/Zimbabwe
  • 1h 45min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz

Documentary about big-game hunting, examining claims by hunters that legalised hunting helps the local economy, and by ranch owners that the ban on legal sale of rhino horn keeps poachers in operation. Well-conceived, thoughtful, powerful and sometimes distressing, dodging knee-jerk responses in favour of rigorous investigation.

Wed 20 Dec
Thu 21 Dec

Victor Victoria

  • 1982
  • UK/US
  • Directed by: Blake Edwards
  • Cast: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston

A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

Sat 16 Dec
Sun 17 Dec

White Christmas

White Christmas
  • 1954
  • US
  • 2h
  • U
  • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Written by: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
  • Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes

Christmas staple starring Crosby and Kaye as a song-and-dance troupe who become involved with a sister act.

Tue 19 Dec
Wed 20 Dec
Thu 21 Dec

The Wolf Children (Okami kodomo no ame to yuki)

The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
  • 2012
  • Japan
  • 1h 57min
  • Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
  • Cast: Voices of Kumiko Asô, Josh Grelle, Megumi Hayashibara

Animated film about Yuki and Ame, children of human mother Hana and a mysterious wolf/human changeling father. Despite the straight-faced treatment of the notion of people changing into wolves, Hosoda's film is a beautifully realised, mature drama with expert storytelling, dealing with love, grief and the pains of growing up.

Thu 14 Dec
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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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