Filmhouse Distribution

In addition to cinema exhibition, Filmhouse also distributes films in the UK. If you would like to book a Filmhouse title for your cinema please contact filmbookings@filmhousecinema.com or phone 0131 228 6382.

You can find out about previous Filmhouse releases (no longer in distribution by Filmhouse) here.

Current Filmhouse Distribution releases:

My Name Is Salt - Farida Pacha (13 Mar 2015)

Filmhouse's latest release as a distributor is a strikingly beautiful portrayal of an extraordinary world.

Every year, just after the monsoon season has finished, thousands of families travel to a bleak desert in Gujarat, India, where they will stay for the next eight months and extract salt from the earth, using the same painstaking, manual techniques as generations before them. Director Farida Pacha and cinematographer Lutz Konermann spent a season with one of these families, observing the very particular rhythms of their lives and crafting an exquisite, lyrical film in the process.

 

The Robber - Benjamin Heisenberg (21 Mar 2014)

Filmhouse's third release as distributor is a tense, kinetic thriller based on Martin Prinz's novel about real-life 80s Austrian criminal sensation 'Pump-gun Ronnie' (named after his weapon of choice and his Reagan mask).

Doing a 'bank job' immediately on his release from prison, it's clear Johann Rettenberger's stint in jail hasn't had the effect the authorities had hoped for. A chance encounter with Erika, an old family friend who works at the job centre he is forced to attend as a condition of his parole, hints at possible redemption...

Heisenberg (and Prinz) resists the temptation to offer much in the way of psychological explanation or background for Johann's chosen way of life, as if sensing that to put too much of a personality into a character who really had existed would be pointless conjecture in any case. Rather, it's the sheer movement and restless energy captured here that really sets the film apart - the prolonged sequence inserting our man into the Vienna Marathon is little short of remarkable, and the closing reel is a masterclass in sustained tension. And Andreas Lust's committed performance, in terms of pure physical preparation, would give De Niro a run for his money.

 

Either Way - Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (4 Dec 2013)

Finn and Alfred are summer employees of the Icelandic Road Administration in the 1980s, spending days painting yellow lines on a rural highway with only each other for company. Finn is older and seemingly wiser than skirt-chasing Alfred, his girlfriend's brother, for whom sex is constantly on the brain. The two men barely tolerate each other at first, but ultimately share - during a comical, drunken night - their deepest questions and possible answers about life and love.

Director Hafsteinn Sigurdsson uses the isolated countryside of northern Iceland to highlight the nuances of Finn and Alfred's colourful dialogue and behaviour, their Sisyphean work mirroring the difficulties of human connection. David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche is the US remake of Either Way.

 

¡Vivan Las Antipodas! - Victor Kossakovsky (22 Nov 2013)

Antipodes are places diametrically opposite one another on the earth's surface. Because most of the planet is covered by oceans, antipodes with dry land on both sides are fairly rare. In this audacious, contemplative, stunningly beautiful work, master documentarist Victor Kossakovsky takes us to four antipodal pairs, and, in doing so, changes the way we see our world.

In rural Entre Rios, Argentina, two brothers man a toll bridge, as their father and grandfather did before them; on the other side of the world from them, Shanghai, with its traffic, noise and crowds, feels like a different planet entirely. In Patagonia, Chile, a sheep farmer lives a solitary existence but for a gang of cats with whom he, somewhat reluctantly, shares his house; near Lake Baikal in Russia a woman and her daughter seem also to live miles from anywhere, surrounded by spectacular mountains. On Hawaii's Big Island, a man loses his dog in the black, shimmering, volcanic landscape; in Botswana, a woman complains she has to clean up elephant dung from in front of her shop, and hopes the lions won't kill her dogs again. In Miraflores, Spain, there are rock pools and butterflies; in Castle Point, New Zealand, a whale has washed up onto the beach.

Kossakovsky's extraordinarily fluid camerawork glides, swoops, somersaults, spins and flips between these locations, and we begin to notice the things that join the places and people rather than what separates them. With the help of a well-chosen, often dramatic soundtrack, this is a dazzling and ultimately very moving meditation on our planet.

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