I’m probably not best placed to tell you how authentic or otherwise this account of a summer in the lives of 15 year old girls in a village near Valencia actually is, but I have to say it surely convinced me it was the real thing. Lucia Alemany shot this film in her home town,Continue reading “The Innocence Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival”
The Traverse Theatre’s all year-round Festival, that takes place in the digital space that is Traverse 3, announces two shows. These Scottish online premieres come from Manchester based The Javaad Alipoor Company. The two plays, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran and The Believers Are But Brothers,have been Fringe First winners whileContinue reading “Two Online Premieres Announced by Traverse”
In September 2020, the first Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh (TFFE) took place digitally across the UK, showcasing the story of Taiwanese cinema from the ‘60s to the present day and featuring a programme, half of which was made up of UK premieres. Later in 2020, and also a first, will be the Queer East FilmContinue reading “Taiwan Film Festival and Queer East Film Festival Collaboration Announced”
A remarkable film, made even more remarkable by the circumstances of its making. Writer and Director Camila Urrutia’s debut feature is a hard look at life for young women in Guatemala City. Shot on the streets, and constantly on the move, Claudia (Andrea Henry) and Maria (Vanessa Hernandez) are lovers just trying to get by,Continue reading “Gunpowder Heart Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival”
Scottish pianist and keyboards player Steve Hamilton has used the enforced inactivity of lockdown to record his first solo album, Between the Lines. Like musicians across the world, Steve had all his work, including international tours with drumming legend Billy Cobham’s band, cancelled at a stroke in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Having appearedContinue reading “Top Keyboardist Reveals What Lies Between the Lines”
StudioCanal Vintage Classic DVD/BluRay Out Now The latest in this excellently restored collection of Vintage Classics from StudioCanal is, perhaps, one of the lesser known, or at least less fondly remembered examples of ‘50s British cinema. It came as a surprise to me that I had never seen it – being way too young forContinue reading “Yield to the Night”
Alan Davie was a Scottish painter, jeweller and musician born in 1920 whose interest in jazz and spirituality informed his approach to painting. Widely admired and respected by fellow artists, he was appointed CBE in 1972 and elected a Senior Royal Academician in 2012, just two years before his death in Hertfordshire in 2014. InContinue reading “Scottish Artist Gets Centenary Exhibition at Dovecot”
Ojos Negros is a village in the Teruel region of Aragon and is the setting for this absorbing new film from two young female directors Marta Lallana and Ivet Castelo. Paula, an early pubescent teen immaculately portrayed by Julia Lallana, is the central character who is taken by her Aunt Elba (Anna Sabaté) to stayContinue reading “Ojos Negros Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival”
A very fine addition to this year’s Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, this – unsurprisingly – was Argentina’s second highest grossing film of 2019. Both an extremely dark comedy and a slightly skewed moral tale, it would sit neatly alongside some of the best Ealing productions from their golden age. With a script both witty andContinue reading “The Weasel’s Tale Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival”
As the Food for Thought strand in this year’s Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival 2020, we have a superb documentary from award winning director Iñaki Arteta with what looks like the double title of The Art of Cooking with Fire and Living in Silence: Bittor Arginzoniz and Asador Etxebarri. Bittor Arginzoniz is the man not behind,Continue reading “Living in Silence: Bittor Arginzoniz and Asador Etxebarri Spanish Film Festival”
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