French Film Festival UK Announces Screen Horizons Programme at Summerhall

Edinburgh’s Summerhall is set to host a programme of French and Francophone cinema, including nine contemporary and classic titles some of which are Cannes and César award-winners. The programme exemplifies the diversity of the genre as it spans not just award-winners but new talents, classics and documentaries. With two films screening every Sunday, audiences will have theContinue reading “French Film Festival UK Announces Screen Horizons Programme at Summerhall”

IberoDocs 9th Edition Announced For Both Cinema and Online 

The best and most relevant Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-America documentaries come to the fore this April with in-person events taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow between 6th and 10th April after which the festival  moves online from 11th – 17th April. The Festival opens on Wednesday 6th April at Edinburgh Filmhouse with the Scottish PremiereContinue reading “IberoDocs 9th Edition Announced For Both Cinema and Online ”

The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily (PG)            French Film Festival

Italian artist and illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti makes his film debut with this 2019 animation, The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily (la Fameuse Invasion des Ours en Sicile) that is based on the 1940 children’s book,The Tartar Steppe, by novelist Dino Buzzati. The film starts with the image of two strolling players, Almerina and Geodene, trudging tiredContinue reading “The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily (PG)            French Film Festival”

Gift Horse      Newly Restored Version

Latest addition to STUDIOCANAL’s Vintage Classics collection on Digital, Blu-Ray and DVD is this underrated and seldom seen WWII naval thriller. Directed by Compton Bennett and Starring Trevor Howard and Richard Attenborough and with a cast that includes Bernard Lee, Sid James, Sonny Tufts and Dora Bryan, this first class new restoration will be available on Digital, Blu-RayContinue reading “Gift Horse      Newly Restored Version”

Queen of Glory (15)              Sands Film Festival

This is a project written, directed and starring Nana Mensah, who does an excellent job of carrying off all of these roles. Her character, Sarah Obeng, is a Ghanaian/American who is just about to pack in her doctorate programme to follow her married lover to Ohio. If you’re the kind of person who becomes investedContinue reading “Queen of Glory (15)              Sands Film Festival”

My Old School (15)   Sands Film Festival

Scottish filmmaker Jono McLeod has written and directed a fascinating and revelatory film based on a strange but true story that took place while he was a school pupil in East Dunbartonshire. In 1993, class 5C of Bearsden Academy was joined by a guy going under the name of Brandon Lee. In fact, he wasContinue reading “My Old School (15)   Sands Film Festival”

Little Vampire (le Petit Vampire)    French Film Festival

French comic book artist Joann Sfar, who is already well respected in the world of bandes dessinéesin France, has brought his talents to the world of film with his magnificent animation le Petit Vampire. Based on his children’s graphic novel of the same name, it tells of a friendship between the eponymous wee vampire, who’sContinue reading “Little Vampire (le Petit Vampire)    French Film Festival”

De Gaulle (12)            French Film Festival

The opening shots of this 2019 film directed by Gabriel Le Bomin show a tender and intimate moment in the bedroom of Charles de Gaulle (Lambert Wilson) and his wife Yvonne (Isabelle Carré). It sets the tone in this biopic that holds the dual strands of the personal and the political in what seems toContinue reading “De Gaulle (12)            French Film Festival”

Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces EIFF Youth Weekender

EIFF Young Programmers is a group of 15–19-year-olds with a passion for film who meet weekly and work together to select, promote and host films for Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) . This year pupils from Tynecastle High School met with EIFF education and learning teams to learn about film programming andContinue reading “Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces EIFF Youth Weekender”

Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une Lumière)            French Film Festival

The deprived post-industrial town of Roubaix, situated on the outskirts of Lille in the north of France, is the setting for this 2019 crime drama from director Arnaud Desplechin. Inspired by a 2008 TV documentary entitled Roubaix, commissariat central, the film opens at Christmas time when it is the result of arson that lights someContinue reading “Oh Mercy! (Roubaix, une Lumière)            French Film Festival”