Scotland the Brave: Alba an Aigh

The 68th Edinburgh International Film festival is proud to have a great programme of Scottish film and filmakers exploring the theme of Caledonia identity and themes.

A Dangerous Game

Luxury golf courses benefit a few and hurt the rest of us. This follow-up to the award-winning You've Been Trumped takes up where the previous film left off with the saga of American billionaire property developer Donald Trump's incursion into Scotland. Filmmaker Anthony Baxter journeys to Croatia and the United States to probe the disastrous environmental effects of the development of luxury golf courses. Then he returns to Scotland to confront Trump. You won't stay on the fence on the issue after this hard-hitting documentary. [U] TICKETS

A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide

Whoever thought suicide could be funny?

Tom is intent on killing himself...but he's not very good at it. After several failed attempts, he winds up in sessions with the disinterested psychologist Dr Watson, while plotting the spectacular suicide. You might find yourself rooting for Tom as he is challenged in the most unexpected ways by the obtuse, faintly hostile and persistently unusual relationships that form against his will - until you remember what his goal is. Sarcasm and bona fide Scottish humour are the order of the day in this straight-talking, incisive and ultimately warm-hearted take on the darkest of subjects. [12A] TICKETS

Bannan

A stirring family saga in the Gaelic language.

Returning to the island she left eight years earlier, young Mairi plans just to attend a funeral and then go back to her job in the city. But she forgot about the "bannan" - the family and emotional ties that bind her to her birthplace. Staying on to care for her beloved grandmother, Mairi gets drawn ever closer towards a confrontation with the father who never accepted her. The small screen gets bigger with EIFF's presentation of this spirited Gaelic-language pilot for an upcoming BBC ALBA drama series. [PG] TICKETS

Castles in the Sky

A nail-biting fight against the clock to save Great Britain.

Multi-award-winning director Gillies Mackinnon brings his expertise and skill to the fascinating story of visionary Scottish engineer and developer of radar, Robert Watson-Watt (Eddie Izzard). Credited as the invention that won the Battle of Britain, radar was a vague and underdeveloped concept before Watson-Watt was charged with proving its usefulness to a coastal nation at war. Ably supported by a strong cast, Izzard deftly evokes the spirit of the great man who was part mad scientist, part dreamer, and part pragmatist. [U] TICKETS

Culloden

The breakthrough first professional film by the legendary Peter Watkins, made when he was working at the BBC. Watkins takes an original and radical approach to the 1746 Battle of Culloden, adopting a camera style familiar from television news and conducting on-camera interviews with the actors, who respond in character. The result is a film of tremendous immediacy that offers a vivid and heightened reconstruction of the brutal conflict. [12A] TICKETS

Garnet’s Gold

A very special man on a life-changing mission Garnet Frost is a middle-aged dreamer, devoted to his mother and given to singing old showtunes in pubs. With the aid of a few friends, he sets off on a quixotic expedition to the Highlands in search of a cache of gold sent in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This revealing documentary is both an exciting account of an unusual journey and a candid portrait of a man who has never accepted the rules of life. [12A] TICKETS

Let Us Prey

Welcome to Inveree - it's a hell of a town!

When a menacing stranger (Game of Thrones' Liam Cunningham) winds up in the purgatory of a small-town police cell, a terrifying chain reaction begins among his fellow inmates. As madness descends, blood starts to flow and WPC Rachel Heggie (Pollyanna McIntosh) finds herself with her back to the wall, fighting for her life. With echoes of John Carpenter and Dario Argento, director Brian O'Malley expertly builds the tension from a slow-burning start to an absolutely explosive, nerve-shredding finale. [18] TICKETS

Life May Be

A heartfelt meditation on art and identity.

Two filmmakers carry on a correspondence in the form of essayistic films in which they consider some themes that are at the core of their personal and artistic lives: exile, the body, representation. As each filmed letter responds and spirals off from the previous one, the film becomes increasingly fervent and complex, interrogating the artistic process and identity itself. A free and bold film that unites two EIFF veterans: Mania Akbari (From Tehran to London, EIFF 2013) and Mark Cousins (A Story of Children and Film, EIFF 2013). [12A] TICKETS

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