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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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The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski
  • 1997
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)
  • Written by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore

The Coen brothers give their unique twist to a Chandler-esque LA noir, as 70s hippy throwback Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski (Bridges) is drawn into the sordid affairs of his millionaire namesake. Suddenly he has to sleuth his way through disorganised crime. Trademark oddball characters, surreal imagery and excellent performances grace this virtuoso comedy.

Mon 24 Sep

BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Alec Baldwin

In 1978, Ron Stallworth (Washington), the first black man to join the Colorado Springs police, goes undercover in the Ku Klux Klan, with the help of fellow officer Flip (Driver). A stranger-than-fiction true story fusing buddy cop traditions with powerful recollections of cruelty, and anger at Trump’s America. Fascinating, funny and riveting.

Thu 20 Sep

Cold War

Cold War
  • 2018
  • Poland / France / UK
  • Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Jeanne Balibar

In 1949 Poland, Wiktor (Kot) is given the job of starting a folk music and dance academy, where he falls for Zula (Kulig). Pawlikowski’s film, dedicated to his own parents, is shot in ravishing black and white and is a stunning love story, steeped in song and emotion and exquisitely crafted.

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Dredd

Dredd
  • 2012
  • US/UK/India
  • 1h 35min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Pete Travis
  • Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey

The Raid-flavoured adaptation of 2000AD comic: uncompromising lawman Dredd (Urban) and rookie Anderson (Thirlby) enter a tower block on a case, only to be trapped by sadistic Ma-Ma (Headey). It's the movie Dredd fans have waited for: Urban is good value, Thirlby excels and – crucially – the helmet stays on.

Fri 21 Sep

Faces Places

Faces Places
  • 2017
  • France
  • 1h 29min
  • Directed by: JR, Agnès Varda
  • Cast: Agnès Varda, JR

Director Agnès Varda and photographer JR go on a road trip through France, intending to send home postcards that gather the history of the places they visit. Varda’s mischievousness and empathy radiate throughout, and the pair’s cross-generational friendship is enriching, inspiring and irrestistible.

Fri 21 Sep
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Mon 24 Sep
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Tue 25 Sep
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Wed 26 Sep
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Thu 27 Sep
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Fantasia

Fantasia
  • 1940
  • US
  • 2h 5min
  • U
  • Directed by: Norman Ferguson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr, Jim Handley, T Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen
  • Cast: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton

A collection of eight animations set to great works of Western classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski.

Sun 23 Sep

The Godfather

The Godfather
  • 1972
  • US
  • 2h 55min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S Castellano, Robert Duvall, John Cazale, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton

Coppola's gangster classic in which an ageing Mafioso patriarch (Brando) transfers charge of his empire to his son (Pacino).

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Heathers

Heathers
  • 1989
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Lehmann
  • Written by: Daniel Waters
  • Cast: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, Penelope Milford, Glenn Shadix

An ultrablack parody of the high school teenflick, Lehman's first feature film manages to combine box office success with artistic merit. This cult hip hit of its year has Slater and Ryder starting a suicide craze to muscle in on the cliquey Heathers running the joint. Tune in, turn on, drop dead.

Wed 26 Sep

Kinshasa Makambo

Take One Action FIlm Festival present Kinshasa Makambo: Explosive portrait of three young grassroots activists fighting for free elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Like so many of their country(wo)men, Christian, Ben (freshly returned from exile) and Jean-Marie (only just released from prison) desperately want their country to embrace democracy. But as Joseph Kabila, who took control of the Congo in 2001, continues to run rough-shod over the country’s constitution, pent-up tensions erupt into violence on the streets.

Director Dieudo Hamadi embeds himself in the protests; chronicling his protagonists’ rebellion, doubts and anger as they grapple with how best to support their country. As divisions within the opposition movement threaten its very survival, Kinshasa Makambo presents a raw, no-holds-barred observation of the inevitable clash between idealism and pragmatism in the face of brutal oppression.

BEYOND THE SCREEN Join Take One Action Film Festival after the film to explore transitions from grassroots activism into the political arena, and representations of African opposition movements in Western media - with guests including Dr Kate Wright (Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh).

Screening as part of the Take One Action Film Festival - the UK's leading global change film festival, celebrating the people and the films that are changing the world | 12-23 September, Edinburgh & Glasgow Find out more at takeoneaction.org.uk/events.

Sat 22 Sep

£10/8 concs. £5.50 Under 25 (with valid ID)

Part of Take One Action Film Festival.

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Letter From an Unknown Woman

Letter From an Unknown Woman
  • 1948
  • USA
  • 1h 27min
  • U
  • Directed by: Max Ophüls
  • Written by: Story:, Stefan Zweig, Screenplay:, Howard Koch, Max Ophüls
  • Cast: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan

New 35mm print of Max Ophuls' great 1948 romantic tragedy starring Joan Fontaine and Louis Jordan. The best film you will see anywhere this fortnight.

Wed 26 Sep

The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger
  • 2018
  • Ireland/UK/France
  • 1h 51min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson
  • Cast: Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter

Dr Faraday (Gleeson) returns to Hundreds Hall, which he knew as a boy, to help care for the war-wounded family son (Poulter), but there seems to be a supernatural presence. Gleeson gives a career-best turn as the haunted Faraday but while it’s laudably subtle it’s also narratively inert.

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Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy
  • 1969
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John Schlesinger
  • Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight

Voight is the dim-witted Texan getting by in the Big Apple by acting as a gigolo for the rich ladies of New York, while Hoffman is the tubercular conman he befriends and helps through the cold winter in this seminal buddy movie, which helped both protagonists to major stardom in the early 1970s, set Schlesinger off on an intermittently successful career, and further shifted the censorship parameters of mainstream American film.

Thu 20 Sep

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 30min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Desiree Akhavan
  • Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland

When Cameron (Moretz) is discovered being intimate with another girl in the back of her boyfriend’s car, she’s shipped off a Christian ‘conversion’ camp. The screenplay avoids cliché and treats all the characters with empathy, and Moretz’s subtle strength is balanced by Lane’s resigned sarcasm as a fellow inmate. Understated and powerful.

Thu 20 Sep

Naila and the Uprising

  • 2017
  • USA
  • 1h 16min
  • Cast: Julia Bacha

The true story of the women who led the first non-violent Palestinian uprising in the late 1980s.

Sun 23 Sep

Naila and the Uprising

Take One Action Film Festival present Naila and the Uprising: Recontextualising a revolution: a unique opportunity to re-appraise the history of nonviolent resistance in Palestine from a feminist perspective.

Most images of the first Intifada are of stone-throwing Palestinian youths facing off Israeli tanks. This hopeful documentary tells the story that history overlooked, and pays tribute to the thousands of women whose grassroots organising – whether they were taking to the streets in their thousands, forming farming co-ops or community schools – was the unsung, beating heart of this spontaneous uprising.

Combining animation, exclusive archive footage and intimate, in-depth interviews with women who were on the ground in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, Naila and the Uprising sheds light on these resolute women’s sacrifices and contributions to the most vibrant nonviolent mobilisation in Palestinian history.

BEYOND THE SCREEN Join Take One Action after the film for inspiring conversations and opportunities for creative, effective personal action. We are delighted to be welcoming the film’s main protagonist, Naila Ayesh, founder and director of the Women’s Affair Centre in Gaza. She will be joined by other guests including Sofiah MacLeod (Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign).

Presented in partnership with Christian Aid, UNISON Scotland and SPEAK!

Screening as part of the Take One Action Film Festival - the UK's leading global change film festival, celebrating the people and the films that are changing the world | 12-23 September, Edinburgh & Glasgow Find out more at takeoneaction.org.uk/events.

Sun 23 Sep

£10/8 concs. £5.50 Under 25 (with valid ID)

Part of Take One Action Film Festival.

Puzzle

Puzzle
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Marc Turtletaub
  • Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams, Liv Hewson

Agnes (Macdonald) is a housewife whose life revolves around routine, until she discovers a flair for solving jigsaw puzzles. Macdonald is divine as ever, but the film rarely digs deep into how such a modest pursuit can bring someone back to live. Charming but slight.

Thu 20 Sep

Quadrophenia

Quadrophenia
  • 1979
  • UK
  • 1h 57min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Franc Roddam
  • Written by: Dave Humphries, Martin Stellman
  • Cast: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis

Mods and rockers live it up on Brighton beach by swapping buckets and spades for chains and sticks. Lively first half has enough energy, music, violence and period flavour to carry it along, but all too soon it degenerates into some sort of treatise on the morality of youth, set to tunes by The Who.

Sun 23 Sep

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
  • 1993
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • U
  • Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
  • Cast: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse

A lonely orphan discovers a secret garden in the grounds of her uncle's castle. Based on the classic children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Tue 25 Sep

Senior Selections

Fortnightly film screenings for over 60s, followed by a meeting to discuss the film over a cuppa.

Tue 25 Sep

£3 includes tea, coffee and biscuits

Tue 9 Oct

£3 includes tea, coffee and biscuits

Tue 23 Oct

£3 includes tea, coffee and biscuits

Tue 6 Nov

£3 includes tea, coffee and biscuits

Tue 20 Nov

£3 includes tea, coffee and biscuits

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£3 includes tea, coffee and biscuits

Tue 18 Dec

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Tue 1 Jan

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Tue 15 Jan

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Tue 29 Jan

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Tue 12 Feb

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Tue 26 Feb

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Tue 12 Mar

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Tue 26 Mar

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Tue 9 Apr

£3 includes tea, coffee and biscuits

Tue 23 Apr

£3 includes tea, coffee and biscuits

Silas

Take One Action Film Festival present SIlas: "When they tear down the trees and strip the land, they tear down our people and strip away their lives.”

In 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Africa’s first elected female head of state. Fêted as an anti-corruption champion in the West, she brought Liberians new hope after decades of civil war. For activist Silas Siakor, who had spent years exposing links between illegal logging and the previous regime’s brutal dictatorship, this optimism was sadly short lived. Evidence soon emerged that corruption and illegal logging were continuing to thrive, with multinational corporations covertly acquiring over 50% of Liberia’s forests, often forcing tribes off their ancestral lands, in a web of nepotism and corruption that went to the very heart of government.

Silas captures its protagonist’s battle to expose and crush environmental destruction, paying tribute to his commitment and to the many communities emboldened to seize back control of their lands.

BEYOND THE SCREEN Join Take One Action after the film for inspiring conversations and opportunities for creative, effective personal action. We are delighted to be welcoming the film’s director, Anjali Nayar to the conversation.

Screening as part of the Take One Action Film Festival - the UK's leading global change film festival, celebrating the people and the films that are changing the world | 12-23 September, Edinburgh & Glasgow Find out more at takeoneaction.org.uk/events.

Thu 20 Sep

£10/8 concs. £5.50 Under 25 (with valid ID)

Part of Take One Action Film Festival.

Still Alice

Still Alice
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
  • Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.

Tue 25 Sep

Strike a Rock

Take One Action Film Festival present Strike a Rock: After the massacre of 34 striking mineworkers shakes their poverty-stricken community, two grandmothers lead their community in a historic fight for justice.

The women of Marikana, many of whose men died demanding a living wage and better living standards, have been determined to force the mine owner, UK-based Lonmin, to meet its legal obligation to improve living conditions for the miners’ widows and children. Two of them, Thumeka Magwangqana and Primrose Sonti, have their friendship tested when Primrose is elected to Parliament. Leaving Marikana behind to enter the political arena, Primrose becomes gradually disconnected from the grassroots movement she helped to start, while Thumeka must step into the vacuum and lead the community.

Tracking the uneasy line between the personal and the political, Strike a Rock also offers a damning exposé of the ties between the ANC government and the extractive industry - contrasting political expediency, corruption and corporate hypocrisy with the women of Marikana’s struggle for solidarity, healing, respect and justice.

BEYOND THE SCREEN Join Take One Action after the film as we explore representations of Marikana on screen and international solidarity with the community, with guests Justine Atkinson and Lizelle Bischoff (Africa in Motion Film Festival) and Lynn Williamson (UNISON Scotland).

Presented in partnership with UNISON Scotland and Africa in Motion.

Screening as part of the Take One Action Film Festival - the UK's leading global change film festival, celebrating the people and the films that are changing the world | 12-23 September, Edinburgh & Glasgow Find out more at takeoneaction.org.uk/events.

Fri 21 Sep

£10/8 concs. £5.50 Under 25 (with valid ID)

Part of Take One Action Film Festival.

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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