Don't Miss! Saturday Selection
Wondering what to do this weekend? EIFF 2014 has just begun! Our programme is packed with top films. Check out what's in store for you today and head on down to our Box Office!
Saturday, Saturday, Saturday. So what's in store for you at our EIFF venues this weekend?
Here are some treats for midday, afternoon, and night!
Click through for ticket booking, trailers, and info on each film.
Early Afternoon at EIFF
Home From Home – Chronicle of a Vision – 1.30pm at the Odeon
Directed by Edgar Reitz and screening in the Focus on Germany strand, the film tells the story of an inveterate dreamer. It evokes the idealism and the longing for adventure and freedom that drove thousands of Germans from their rural homes to distant South America in the mid-19th century.
Something, Anything – 1.40pm at Cineworld
What happens when a woman feels the need to change her life? Set in Tennessee, Something, Anything follows Peggy, a newlywed who, after a life-changing event, leaves her husband and her career and goes in search of a new life. This refreshing feature from short filmmaker Paul Harrill reveals a unique sensibility and a passion for human transformation.
September – 3.30pm at Cineworld
A New Perspectives delight from Greek director Penny Panayotopoulou, September is a delicate film that follows a lonely girl who admires a nearby family and their affections and, after the death of her beloved dog, tries to supplant herself into their lives. The film daringly explores the ambivalences of loneliness, love, happiness and independence.
Chantier A – 3.45pm at Cineworld
In this striking personal documentary, co-director Loualiche's returns to his Algerian homeland after ten years' absence. He reflects on the reshaping of the nation and his reasons for leaving it. The genres of documentary and fiction effortlessly melt together, and a new entity emerges: a personal Algeria shaped by history and memory.
Pre-Theatre... At the Cinema
Jack – 6pm at Odeon
Jack is a stirring tale of courage and responsibility. Tasked with taking care of his younger brother, ten-year-old Jack a maturity beyond his years. One day, an accident exposes the family's precarious living situation to the authorities, who put Jack in a state-run home, whereupon he is forced to set off on a desperate journey. The compelling and unsentimental portrait of a boy in search of his own childhood.
We Are Monster – 6pm at Filmhouse 1
Produced by guest of the Festival Noel Clarke, We Are Monster takes on the story of a prison murder, examining the motives behind a hate crime. This raw, uncompromising British drama avoids moral judgement, focusing on the murderer's motivation and the facts of the case. The result is a powerful, unsettling, moving and enlightening drama that remains thought-provoking far beyond its running time.
And On and On...
Life May Be – 8.30pm at Filmhouse 1
EIFF veterans Mark Cousins (The Story of Children & Film, EIFF 2013) and Mania Akbari (From Tehran to London, EIFF 2013) correspond via essayistic films in which they consider some themes that are at the core of their personal and artistic lives: exile, the body, representation. It's a moving and heartfelt meditation on art and identity. One for cinephiles and those looking for a movie date with a difference.
Be My Baby – 8.40pm at Odeon
Something provocative for your Saturday viewing: By My Baby follows the twists and turns of the sex lives of rootless 20-somethings adrift in Tokyo. Think Haruki Murakami meets Queer as Folk. As shockingly bad as their behaviour gets, you won't be able to turn away.
Runaway Day – 8.50pm at Cineworld
Here's one for lovers of blockbusters and B-movies alike. It's the perfect antidote to economic crisis: inventive escapism and a unique homage to sci-fi B-movies. A strange epidemic strikes crisis-torn Greece: hordes of Athenians are fleeing the city for no definite reason. As the epidemic spreads, Athens becomes a literal ghost town. Shot in black and white 16mm, his unconventional debut celebrates a glorious exodus towards personal and cinematic freedom.
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone on 0131 623 8030 or in person at Filmhouse, Cineworld, Odeon Lothian Road, or Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Please see the official brochure for details.