Father's Day: Wrapped Up
Socks might be a one size fits all present for Father’s Day, but EIFF has diverse films to suit even the most discerning of dads. Treat him to a cinema trip this Sunday and tell him you've already seen the World's Greatest Dad
King of Devil’s Island
Remind dad how angelic his offspring are, and show gratitude for benevolent parenting, with this dramatization of the rebellion of pupils at the Bastoy Reform School. Based on true events, the 1915 uprising against teachers’ brutality was only quelled by military intervention. The meticulous period detail makes this a surefire hit if dad is a bit of history buff.
The Last Circus
A trip to the Big Top like no other. This bewildering but exquisitely shot circus of horrors recounts events of 1937 and 1973 in parallel as tragic clowns, father and son, become embroiled in gore and chaos. A thrilling but bloodthirsty future cult classic with a large dash of darkest humour that might leave father dearest a little pale-faced.
It's not all about the boys, however. Father and frustrated author (Sebastion Koch) struggles to contend with the influence of aspiring writer and livewire Emelia on his daughter Beth, played by Felicity Jones, a familiar face from last year's Best of the Fest, Soulboy. Ideal for ever-so-subtly dropping the hint that daddy's girl has her own ideas.
Elizabeth McGovern, Lady Cora of Sunday night sensation, Downton Abbey, trades her corset for heavy-duty thermals in this indie production set in small town Canada. An infant is found frozen in mysterious circumstances, inciting questions and repercussions throughout the community. Not just a thoughtful depiction of provincial life, this also should provide ample knitwear fashion inspiration for the coming season.
Jack Goes Boating
Timid, rotund chauffeur – even if this is not an exact description of dad, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sensitive portrayal of Jack, set up on a blind date by friend Clyde, is a cheering tale of friendship. But matters are complicated when Clyde’s own marriage starts to unravel in Hoffman’s directing debut. Subtle and bittersweet, this will prove to pater that romantic comedy doesn't have to be schmaltzy and predictable.
Pioneering primatologist, conservationist and cultural icon, Dr. Jane Goodall, knowledgably navigates Lake Tanganyika. Her journey starts in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park where she first observed chimpanzees David Greybeard and friends. A perfect Sunday night nature documentary for great apes (just don't let him hear you say that!).
Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone on 0131 228 2688 or in person at Filmhouse and Filmhouse@Teviot.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.