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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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All the President's Men

All the President's Men
  • 1976
  • US
  • 2h 18min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alan J Pakula
  • Cast: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, Jack Warden, Hal Holbrook, Jane Alexander, Martin Balsam

Released in 1976 during the Carter-Ford presidential campaign, Pakula's political thriller traces the real-life story of journalists Bob Woodward (Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Hoffman) as they uncover an attempted crime in Washington DC's Watergate Complex that led to the Watergate Scandal and Nixon's resignation. A classic of the much abused crusader journalist genre.

Fri 23 Feb
Sat 24 Feb

The Angels' Share

The Angels' Share
  • 2012
  • UK/France
  • 1h 41min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ken Loach
  • Cast: Roger Allam, John Henshaw, Daniel Portman

A young father who has served a prison sentence struggles to rebuild his life, until he discovers an instinct for whisky tasting and, in an improbable wish fulfilling frolic, turns this to his financial advantage. But master of state-of-the nation urban grit Loach is straining so hard to be accessible and populist here that the whole experience feels forced and condescending.

Tue 27 Feb

Animation Showcase

A looping show of animation from Edinburgh College of Art students past and present. Included are award winning films as well as short experimental works created in January this year. All of these shorter films were completed in a 24 hour period and the students were required to make 1 a day, for 10 days. Animation students from Edinburgh, Salford, Sofia, Lucerne and Vancouver worked with musicians and composers to create 465 films in just 10 days. Only those elected most interesting by those involved have made the cut.

Sun 25 Feb
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Gilaneh

  • 2004
  • Iran
  • 1h 24min
  • Directed by: Mohsen Abdolvahab, Rakhshan Banietemad
  • Cast: Fatemah Motamed-Aria, Baran Kosari, Bahram Radan

Gilaneh (Motamed-Aria), and her pregnant daughter, search for her husband during the Iran-Iraq war.

Wed 28 Feb
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Israfil

  • 2017
  • Iran
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Ida Panahandeh
  • Cast: Hediyeh Tehrani, Merila Zare'i, Pejman Bazeghi

A widow mourning the death of her son reconnects with her first love.

Fri 23 Feb
Subtitled

Katalin Varga

Katalin Varga
  • 2009
  • Romania/UK/Hungary
  • 1h 24min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Peter Strickland
  • Cast: Hilda Péter, Tibor Pálffy, Norbert Tankó

Filmed in two weeks on a micro budget, Strickland's debut - a tale of revenge set in Transylvania - is proof of how good independent filmmaking can be. The film's slowly unfolding narrative, non-didactic approach and blistering central performance from Péter contribute to an utterly breathtaking film.

Wed 28 Feb
Subtitled

Mothering

  • 2017
  • Iran
  • 1h 24min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Roqiyeh Tavakoli
  • Cast: Nazanin Bayati, Houman Seyedi

Two sisters come together after their relationships break down.

Sun 25 Feb
Subtitled

Mountain

Mountain
  • 2017
  • Australia
  • 1h 14min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jennifer Peedom
  • Cast: Willem Dafoe,

Staggering immersive documentary about the pursuit of peril, matching images of free climbers grappling for footholds with the sound of the Australian Chamber Orchestra playing Vivaldi, Beethoven and Chopin. The occasionally pompous narration sometimes lets it down, but it’s a great advert for mountaineering.

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Nahid

Nahid
  • 2015
  • Iran
  • 1h 45min
  • Directed by: Ida Panahandeh
  • Cast: Sareh Bayat, Nasrin Babaei, Pejman Bazeghi

A young divorcee in Iran struggles with the idea of Sighe (a temporary marriage) for the sake of her children.

  • IMDb
Sat 24 Feb
Subtitled

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth
  • 2006
  • Mexico/Spain/US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Written by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ariadna Gil, Álex Angulo

In the closing stages of Spain's Civil War young Ofelia discovers a subterranean world populated by fairytale creatures. As she navigates tasks in the Labyrinth-like world the real dangers lie above ground – the dissonance between the two proving that the real world is more horrifying than any imagined one.

Sat 24 Feb
Subtitled

Paprika

Paprika
  • 2006
  • Japan
  • 1h 26min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Satoshi Kon
  • Cast: Megumi Hayashibara, Akio Ōtsuka, Tōru Furuya, Tōru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori

When a machine designed to record and replay dreams falls into the hands of a meddling thief chaos ensues. The three inventors, a police inspector and a sprite called Paprika pursue the rogue and enter into a formidable battle to ward off the psyche infiltrating machine. Dreams and reality merge in this fast paced animation whilst characters question the boundaries of science and the depths of humanity.

Fri 23 Feb

The Parallax View

The Parallax View
  • 1974
  • US
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alan J Pakula
  • Cast: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Anthony Zerbe

After the assassination of a senator, a reporter exposes a conspiracy involving one of the world's largest and most influential multinational corporations.

Tue 27 Feb
Wed 28 Feb

Persona

Persona
  • 1966
  • Sweden
  • 1h 21min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
  • Written by: Ingmar Bergman
  • Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann

'Persona' explores the relationship between two women, an actress (Ullmann) suffering a breakdown and the nurse (Andersson) who oversees her recuperation in a country cottage. The actress, who dried up in the middle of a performance, doesn't speak, while the nurse talks at length to her mute patient about various petty matters, but despite initial distance their relationship develops into a symbiotic one. All of this allows the Swedish auteur to muse over his favourite themes: people's communication problems and the egocentric nature of art. Not an easy film - even by Bergman's standards - but an extremely rewarding one.

Mon 26 Feb
Subtitled

Poets of Life

  • 2017
  • Iran
  • 1h 13min
  • Directed by: Shirin Barghnavard

Documentary about poet, activist and rice farmer Shirin Parsi.

Mon 26 Feb

The Post

The Post
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

The story of how the Washington Post, led by its publisher Katherine Graham (Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), got the chance to print devastating revelations about US involvement in Vietnam. An old-fashioned Hollywood showstopper with a stellar supporting cast, and sizeable if predictable performances from the leads.

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Pulp

Pulp: Life, Death and Supermarkets
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 12
  • Directed by: Florian Habicht
  • Cast: Nick Banks, Jarvis Cocker, Candida Doyle

A documentary following the Sheffield rock group Pulp on the day of their homecoming gig at the MotorPoint Arena in December 2012.

Tue 27 Feb

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff
  • 1983
  • US
  • 3h 13min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Philip Kaufman
  • Written by: Philip Kaufman
  • Cast: Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Jane Dornacker, Harry Shearer, Jeff Goldblum

Tom Wolfe's book about the early days of space flight treats the first test pilots-cum-astronauts as modern day cowboys crossing a new frontier. The myriad plot-lines are well dove-tailed and the flying scenes are memorably impressive, but for all the film's expansiveness its abrupt swings of mood let it down.

Sun 25 Feb

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer

In 1962 Baltimore, Eliza (Hawkins) is a mute who works as a cleaner in a secret government facility alongside the chatty Zelda (Spencer); there she makes a connection with a mysterious monster (Jones). A wondrous tale of underwater love, with an apt and refreshing approach to female sexuality; from screenplay through casting, score and production, it all gels superbly.

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Spotlight

Spotlight
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom McCarthy
  • Cast: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton

McCarthy's tale of how the Boston Globe's investigation team unearthed cases of sexual abuse and cover-ups within the Catholic church is up there with All the President's Men, with a fine cast (Keaton, McAdams, Ruffalo, Tucci) serving a nuanced, complex script: no one, except the victims, is entirely blameless. Remarkable.

Sun 25 Feb
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Tales

  • 2014
  • Iran
  • 1h 28min
  • Directed by: Rakhshan Banietemad
  • Cast: Habib Rezaei, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Mehraveh Sharifinia

Seven interlinked stories about life in Iran.

Thu 1 Mar
Subtitled

Under the Skin of the City

Under the Skin of the City
  • 2001
  • Iran
  • 1h 32min
  • Directed by: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
  • Written by: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Farid Mostafavi
  • Cast: Golab Adineh, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Baran Kosari

The story of Tuba, who works daily at a textile factory in Iran, and has to deal with dramatic family problems when she gets home.

Tue 27 Feb
Subtitled

Untaken Paths

Untaken Paths
  • 2017
  • Iran
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Tahmineh Milani
  • Cast: Mahoor Alvand, Afsar Asadi, Setareh Eskandari

Drama about violence within marriage in Iran.

  • IMDb
Sat 24 Feb
Subtitled

Zodiac

Zodiac
  • 2007
  • US
  • 2h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David Fincher
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Chloë Sevigny, Elias Koteas, Dermot Mulroney, Donal Logue

True life crime thriller which follows Inspector David Toschi (Ruffalo) and alcoholic journalist Paul Avery (Downey Jr) as they try to discover the identity of the Zodiac killer. As the quest ruins the careers of all involved in it, San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Robert Graysmith (Gyllenhaal) begins to unravel the cryptic messages. This police procedural movie is the 'Se7en' director's most adult and mature, rather than his most entertaining, work to date.

Thu 1 Mar

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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