Filmhouse Recommends - Sat 25 Jun - Sun 26 Jun

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Fri 24 Jun 2016

Filmhouse Recommends - Sat 25 Jun - Sun 26 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. Here are our top picks for the last two days of a truly memorable EIFF...



Sat 25 Jun
HOMO SAPIENS (1.05pm, Cineworld)
Homo Sapiens (beautifully directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, who made Our Daily Bread) is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age. Powerful images of empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation and crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago. Homo Sapiens is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. [PG] 


RIVER (6:10pm, Odeon)
In the wrong place at the wrong time, a young volunteer doctor finds himself in the frame for murder and embarks on a frantic break for freedom through the villages and tributaries of the mighty Mekong River. First time director Jamie Dagg keeps the action gripping and fast paced as Dr. Lake, a strong, enigmatic central performance from Rossif Sutherland as he evades police and embassy staff on a thrilling chase through the stunning Laos landscape. [15]


THE LURE (9.00pm, Filmhouse)
When two beautiful, but bloodthirsty mermaids Silver and Golden, take to the stage in a Warsaw burlesque club the locals can’t resist their ominous lure. All seems well until Silver falls for bass player Mietek and suddenly the sisters find themselves dangerously at odds with their new world. With its kitsch, communist-era styling and an off-the-wall collection of upbeat, ‘80s-inspired songs, The Lure is a wonderfully anarchic and truly original musical fantasy with a whole lot of attitude and a feminist edge. [18]

Sun 26 Jun
ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES (1.15pm, Cineworld)
A group of young and dynamic young women meet up on the eve of their friend’s wedding in Goa and set about discussing topics varying from their sex lives and careers through to street sexual harassment and the antics of their nosy neighbours. This smart and glossy partly improvised film challenges the vision of traditional Indian cinema as it veers from comedy through to drama, but constantly offers a funny and frank depiction of empowerment. [15]

INCIDENT LIGHT (6.25pm, Filmhouse)
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]

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