Filmhouse Recommends - Mon 20 Jun - Fri 24 Jun

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Mon 20 Jun 2016

Filmhouse Recommends - Mon 20 Jun - Fri 24 Jun

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!



Mon 20 June
24 WEEKS (6.00pm, Cineworld)

This harrowing and emotionally-taut German drama – the second film from talented director Anna Zohra Berrached – details the terrible decision pregnant television comedienne Astrid (the excellent Julia Jentsch) has to make when she must choose whether or not to have a late abortion when she finds out her unborn son has Down’s syndrome and a serious heart defect. Jentsch delivers a raw and moving performance as she struggles to make her decision, with added pressure that her celebrity implies that her ordeal is considered public property. [15]

Mon 20 June
TWICE UPON A TIME (20:50, Filmhouse)

Director Niam Itani fled with her family from Beirut to Ghazzeh in 1989, seeking refuge from the Lebanese Civil War. Despite living in poverty, Itani describes her childhood years in Ghazzeh as ‘the best days of my life’, as families lived in solidarity. Connecting with Khalil, a young Syrian refugee in Ghazzeh in 2012, Itani has created a film of profound sensitivity, chronicling the effects of trauma past and present, and their shared hopes for the future. [PG]

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Tue 21 June
ZERO DAYS (18:00 Cineworld)

Taking his cue from the pioneering investigation of David Sanger of the New York Times and documents ‘leaked’ by Edward Snowden, the prolific Alex Gibney’s latest film brings his beady inquisitor’s eye to the murky world of state-sponsored cyber terrorism, and, in particular, the provenance and purpose of the computer ‘worm’ known as “Stuxnet”, which appeared to be targeting Iran and its nuclear facilities at Natanz. Fascinating, disturbing, and, worst of all, entirely plausible. [U]

Tue 21 June
THE OLIVE TREE (20:40, Odeon)

This gently moving Spanish drama is the third collaboration between an Edinburgh based couple, Madrid-born director Iciar Bollain and Scottish screenwriter (and regular Ken Loach collaborator) Paul Laverty, the team who made the 2010 Oscar®-shortlisted Even the Rain. The Olive Tree follows a determined young farmer (Anna Castillo) as she sets out across Europe to reclaim her grandfather’s beloved olive tree from the German company who bought it. [15]


Wed 22 June
CHICAGO BOYS  (18:15, Cineworld)

In the middle of the Cold War, the University of Chicago gave scholarships to a group of Chilean students to study economics under the teachings of Milton Friedman. Twenty years later, during Pinochet’s dictatorship, they changed the destiny of Chile. This insightful documentary, narrated by the Chicago Boys themselves, brings a retrospective look that helps to understand the present and questions the idea of “the end justifies the means”. [12A]


Wed 22 June

This comedy-drama is a real delight, director Ira Sachs consolidating his reputation as a filmmaker who makes the very best of delicately structured stories that really resonate. This story of two 13 year-old boys in Brooklyn caught amidst family wrangling over gentrification issues is wonderfully drawn out, and – just as he did with his last hit Love Is Strange – his observational style also brings out the best of New York, especially as the mismatched teens roller blade and skate around the city. A real pleasure. [12A]

Thu 23 June
PARCHED (18:00, Filmhouse)

Four female residents of a town situated in the desert lands of Rajasthan openly discuss men, sex and life together, while contending with the sexism rampant in their own community. Stunning visuals and costumes, as well as hilarious dialogue, lift the storyline from the savagery of the systematic violence, intolerance and oppression that is continuously revealed through the stories of ordinary women in rural India. [12A]

Thu 23 June
INCIDENT LIGHT (20:45, Cineworld)

A poignant, insightful and beautifully constructed character study of a recently widowed woman struggling to rebuild a life for her two young daughters in 1960s Argentina; centred on a mesmerising central performance from talented Argentinian actress Erica Luis. Intimate and precise in its focus, the sharp black & white camerawork follows the young mother as she tentatively embarks on a new relationship that might give the family back some stability. [12A]


Fri 24 June
A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH (18:05, Cineworld)

Chilling and thrilling Nordic Noir. A wonderfully gripping Nordic police thriller, A Conspiracy Of Faith is the third in the hit series of literary adaptations based on Danish mystery writer Jussi Adler’s novels about cold case specialists Department Q, and detectives Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kass) and Assad (Fares Fares) in particular. Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance) brilliantly directs this story about a case involving religious fanaticism, a psychopathic murder and abducted siblings never reported missing by their parents. An atmospheric, chilling and tense crime thriller. [12A]

Fri 24 June
THE COMMUNE (20:50, Filmhouse)

Dark comedy about life in a 1970s Danish collective. Director Thomas Vinterberg sublimely pilfers from his own childhood for this wonderfully constructed story of the ups and downs of family strains. A professional couple – perfectly played by Ulrich Thomsen and Trine Dyrholm (who won the best actress award at the Berlin Film Festival) – establish a commune in a large house in a classy suburb of Copenhagen. The freewheeling story features the various characters who stay at the house, perfectly reflecting the style and tone of the era. [12A]

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