Edinburgh International Film Festival : Skies of Lebanon / The Road Dance

This was, without doubt, the film that gave me the most pleasure at this year’s EIFF. Chloe Mazlo charts the life of Alice (Alba Rohrwacher), a Swiss girl who leaves home in the 1950s for a job as an au pair in Lebanon, and falls in love with both the country and with Joseph (WajdiContinue reading “Edinburgh International Film Festival : Skies of Lebanon / The Road Dance”

Edinburgh International Film Festival : Pig

Opening Gala for this year’s Festival, Michael Sarnoski’s beautifully filmed feature coaxes a performance from Nicolas Cage that is a masterful depiction of restrained passion. Cage is Robin, once the most revered chef in Portland but now, after the death of his wife, living in the Oregon forest and surviving by trading the truffles heContinue reading “Edinburgh International Film Festival : Pig”

Filmed Reimagining of Islander from Dundee Rep and Eden Court Theatre

Dundee Rep, in collaboration with Eden Court Highlands, presents a filmed reimagining of the award-winning two-hander folk theatre musical, Islander. Based on the original stage show and produced in association with Helen Milne Productions, Islander is conceived and directed by Amy Draper with music and lyrics by St Andrews-born writer and composer Finn Anderson with a book by Stewart Melton. OriginallyContinue reading “Filmed Reimagining of Islander from Dundee Rep and Eden Court Theatre”

New Creative Director Announced by Centre for the Moving Image

Scotland’s leading independent cinema charity, the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI)  that has under its umbrella Edinburgh’s Filmhouse, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen, announced the appointment of Kristy Matheson as its new Creative Director. Kirsty’s role will be to lead and champion the creative vision and voice of Edinburgh International Film FestivalContinue reading “New Creative Director Announced by Centre for the Moving Image”

Doorways in Drumorty Film and DVD for Care Homes in Scotland

In 2019, to mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of Strichen born Lorna Moon’s critically acclaimed book Dark Star, Edinburgh theatre company Awkward Stranger staged Doorways in Drumorty. The play, based on Lorna Moon’s stories, had a Scottish tour, and was written by fellow Aberdonian, Mike Gibb. The result was just over 2 hoursContinue reading “Doorways in Drumorty Film and DVD for Care Homes in Scotland”

New Film from Award Winning Writer-Director Zinnie Harris Wins Top Prize

Zinnie Harris, who is an Associate Director at Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre and acclaimed director of numerous stage plays, has turned her talents to film.  Her debut work is entitled A Glimpse and is about a young mother who accidentally opens a window on her past self at a time when she was struggling and doubting everythingContinue reading “New Film from Award Winning Writer-Director Zinnie Harris Wins Top Prize”

Edinburgh and Aberdeen Cinemas Announce Filmhouse at Home

Two of Scotland’s foremost independent cinemas, Edinburgh’s Filmhouse and Aberdeen’s Belmont Filmhouse, both run by the charity Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), together launch their new online streaming platform that will let audiences enjoy some of the finest Filmhouse-curated cinema from the comfort of their own home. From Friday 26 March, the platform’s kicksContinue reading “Edinburgh and Aberdeen Cinemas Announce Filmhouse at Home”

Mama Weed (La Daronne) French Film Festival Online

This latest film from Jean-Paul Salomé takes its title from the novel by Hannelore Cayre, La Daronne whose meaning is open to variations, several of which cropped up during the film. Ranging from ‘matron’ to ‘old lady’ to ‘godmother’ (in a mafiosa sense) to a plain old slang version of Mum but the chosen EnglishContinue reading “Mama Weed (La Daronne) French Film Festival Online”

Homefront (Des Hommes) French Film Festival Online

Based on the 2009 novel of the same name from French writer Laurent Mauvignier, this historical drama  from Belgian director Lucas Belvaux exposes the often hidden scars of  war. It is 2003 in a village in Burgundy. There is a subdued gathering in a local hall to celebrate the 60th birthday of Solange (Catherine Frot).Continue reading “Homefront (Des Hommes) French Film Festival Online”

Night Shift (Police) French Film Festival Online

Anne Fontaine’s police procedural with a difference (nobody gets shot, for a start) is reminiscent of The Last Detail, in that the central characters have been detailed to escort a prisoner from a holding facility to face his fate. In this case, the situation is one where the prisoner is not a criminal, but isContinue reading “Night Shift (Police) French Film Festival Online”