Filmhouse Recommends - Wed 16 Jun - Sun 19 Jun

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Wed 15 Jun 2016

Filmhouse Recommends is our pick of the films from the first few days of the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival that we think our audiences will particularly enjoy. Check back during the Festival for more recommendations!

Thu 16 June
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (8.30pm, Filmhouse 1)

One of the funniest and most delightful films of the year, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a pleasure from beginning to end. Writer/ director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) has crafted an effortlessly funny odd-couple story about rap-loving troublesome teen Ricky (newcomer Julian Dennison) and gnarly gruff loner Hec (a wonderful Sam Neill) who end up being chased by police deep into the New Zealand bush. A compassionate, generous, engaging and often laugh-out-loud funny film, it is a real movie pleasure. [12A]

Thu 16 June
SUNTAN (8.35pm, Cineworld)

Messy and muddled sexual shenanigans are at the core of the third film from talented Greek director Argyris Papadimitropoulos. Fortysomething doctor Kostis (Efthymus Papadimitriou) arrives on the holiday resort island of Antiparos and becomes increasingly obsessed with a group of hedonistic young tourists and 21 year-old Anna (Elli Triggou) in particular. They are beautiful and cruel to him, toying with his emotional and sexual needs, as Kostis is drawn into the clubs on warm summer nights desperately looking for some kind of love, at any cost. [15]

Fri 17 Jun
SANTOALLA (6.25pm, Filmhouse 3)

Progressive Dutch couple, Martin and Margo, had only one dream – to live off the land, far from the constraints and complications of the city. But, when they arrive in the remote Spanish village of Santoalla, the foreigners challenge the traditions of the Rodríguez family, the only remaining residents, igniting a decade-long conflict that culminates in Martin’s disappearance. A thriller-like documentary that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end! [PG]


Fri 17 Jun
THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES (8.45pm, Cineworld)

The Pilot whale hunters of the Nordic Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local doctor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental issues threaten to change the community forever. Scottish filmmaker Mike Day takes us to this remote archipelago to reflect upon sustainable living, the relation of humankind with nature and the ethics of maintaining old yet controversial traditions. [15] 

Sat 18 Jun

For many years Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee were the golden couple of South Korean cinema. Shin was a successful filmmaker and his beautiful wife was his leading star. The documentary mixes an illuminating interview with Choi with a wealth of meticulously chosen archive clips to illustrate the story of this astonishing duo. What unfolds is an extraordinarily compelling true story of intrigue, kidnap and enforced imprisonment, featuring movie stars, spies and a bizarre leading role for the late Kim Jong-il. [12A]

Sat 18 Jun
FAST CONVOY (8.55pm, Cineworld)

There is something thrillingly old-fashioned about genre expert Frédéric (Secret Agents) Schoendoerffer’s Le Convoi which follows a bunch of drug runners - the story is never seen from the perspective of the law. Their high speed run from the south of Spain to Paris is interrupted by a shoot-out with police near the border, leaving their uber-cool leader (played by Benoit Magimel, The Piano Teacher) trying to keep his increasingly tense team together. [15]


Sun 19 Jun
SPARROWS (6.20pm, Filmhouse 3)

When his mother heads off to Africa with her new Danish husband, Avi (Atli Oskar Fjalarsson) is sent to live with his boozy father (Ingvar E Sigurdson) whom he barely knows in a remote Icelandic village. The scenery may well be beautiful, but locals deal with the constant summer light with alcohol. A soulful sadness permeates the story of father and son struggling to understand each other. Rúnar Rúnarsson’s award-winning film is an impressively made delight. [PG]

Sun 19 Jun
SAND STORM (8.45pm, Cineworld)

As surprising as it is illuminating, this award-winning drama is a truly engrossing depiction of life in a Bedouin village through the eyes of Layla, a young college student torn between powerful family traditions and a keen determination to find her own place in the world. Strong performances and authentic locations transport us seamlessly to another world, where Layla is not the only family member forced to reconsider their unwavering loyalty to village conventions. [U]

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