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Filmhouse

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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

Ashes and Diamonds (Popiol I Diament)

Ashes and Diamonds (Popiol I Diament)
  • 1958
  • Poland
  • 105 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
  • Cast: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski

Maciek (Cybulski), a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to follow his orders. One of Wajda's very best films, a gift to post war Polish cinema.

Thu 7 May

Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.

Bypass

Bypass
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 105 min
  • Directed by: Duane Hopkins
  • Cast: Arabella Arnott, Chanel Cresswell, Matt Cross

The story of Tom, a young man whose mother has died, father has fled, and is about to become a father. Will he turn to a life of crime?

Thu 7 May

With a Q&A.

Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Nebesnye Ženy Lugovykh Mari)

Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Nebesnye Ženy Lugovykh Mari)
  • 2012
  • Russia
  • 102 min
  • Directed by: Alexey Fedorchenko
  • Written by: Denis Osokin
  • Cast: Julia Aug, Yana Esipovich, Vasiliy Domrachev, Daria Ekamasova

There’s no shortage of passion and mystery amongst the Volga-Finnic people of northern Russia…

Following the idiosyncratic Silent Souls (2010), director Alexey Fedorchenko again focuses on the rites and rituals of a Russian ethnic group, this time the enigmatic Meadow Mari, of the Ural Mountains. With names all beginning with ‘O’, such as Oshanyai, Osylay and Orika, the Mari gloriously demonstrate use of magic, ceremony and custom, creating a hugely enjoyable portrait of a community enthralled by nature and folklore.

Wed 6 May

£7.20–£9

Preceded by Cailleach Film Folk Gathering.

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane
  • 1941
  • US
  • 119 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Orson Welles
  • Written by: Herman J Mankiewicz, Orson Welles
  • Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart, Ruth Warrick, Erskine Sanford, William Alland

Stunningly successful biographical mosaic centring on a Hearst-like media tycoon. Welles' first film remains scintillating viewing for its sheer technical verve, narrative confidence and spellbinding performances.

Wed 6 May

Fruit of Paradise

Fruit of Paradise
  • 1970
Wed 6 May

With an introduction. Vera Chytilová.

Kaddu Beykat

Kaddu Beykat
  • 1976
  • Senegal
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Safi Faye
  • Cast: Assane Faye, Maguette Gueye

An artful fusion of the political and the poetic, Safi Faye’s first film situates the local within the global, focusing on the daily lives of community members from the director’s Senegalese hometown, Fad’jal. The first feature by a Sub-Saharan African woman to gain international distribution, Kaddu Beykat mounts a powerful critique on colonial administration.

Thu 7 May

£7.20–£9

Preceded by short No Hope for Men Below. Part of Folk Film Festival.

Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  • Sweden/Norway/France/Germany
  • 101 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Roy Andersson
  • Cast: Nisse Vestblom, Holger Andersson

A series of periodically connected vignettes depicting life in a near-colourless but highly characterful Gothenburg, linked together by the endeavours of novelty item salesman Sam and Jonathan (Westblom and Andersson). The third part of Andersson's 'living' trilogy is full of inspired surrealism, dark humour and compassion for its hopeless characters.

Wed 6 May
Thu 7 May

Samba

Samba
  • 2014
  • France
  • 120 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Olivier Nakache/Eric Toledano
  • Cast: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim

Samba (Sy) is a Senegalese immigrant to France threatened with deportation; Alice (Gainsbourg, clearly relishing being cast against type) is the caseworker assigned to him. The irresistible leads have great chemistry, and the supporting cast is also excellent. A crowdpleasing but genuinely compelling character drama.

Wed 6 May
Thu 7 May

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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