Filmhouse Recommends - showing Thursday 18 June

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Wed 17 Jun 2015

Back for another year, Filmhouse Recommends is our daily pick of three films from the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival that we think our audiences will particularly enjoy. Check back each day during the Festival for tomorrow's recommendations!


13 Minutes (18:00, Filmhouse 1)

This stunning and long-awaited return of Oliver Hirschbiegel (Das Experiment, Downfall) to German-language cinema follows the story of one of history's greatest near-misses: Georg Elser's single-minded assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in November 1939. The film grippingly tracks how Elser - when all around him were succumbing to the sway of Nazism - foresaw the inevitable destruction and mass-murder that were to result, and tried in vain to stop it.


When Elephants Fight (18:10, Filmhouse 2)

The very first Doc of the Day of EIFF 2015 is the hard-hitting When Elephants Fight, which lays out the tragic history of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the dehumanising forces underpinning its notorious minerals trade. The film's testimonials - from activists, journalists, ambassadors and the people of Congo - will be supplemented by a Q&A following the screening with director Michael Ramsdell, protagonist Daniel Balint-Kurti (Global Witness), Chris Hegarty (Christian Aid) and Simon Bateson of co-presenters Take One Action.


The Gulls (20:40, Filmhouse 2)

This stunning debut feature from Ella Manzheeva is set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Caspian Sea in the Russian region of Kalmykia, and is the first to be directed by a native of the region in some 30 years. Its story is of a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage, who experiences a sudden change in her fate. Manzheeva's beautiful evocation of the particularities of the region and its lost traditions gives the film a beautifully haunting, even elegaic quality.

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