Mr Nice, Pelican Blood and The Good Heart among Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010 highlights
This article is from 2010.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival programme was announced today. Here are some concise highlights as selected by our film critic at The List.
Rhys Ifans gives the performance of a lifetime in this wild biopic of the infamous Howard Marks. An Oxford physics graduate from the Welsh Valleys who became a drug-runner, dope aficionado, celebrated author and sometime spy, Marks here becomes the engaging antihero of a rollicking cinematic ride, based on his own hit autobiography. Bernard Rose (Candyman; Ivansxtc; The Kreutzer Sonata) directs a superb cast, with Ifans backed by Chloë Sevigny, David Thewlis, Omid Djalili and Jack Huston.
Provocative and disturbing Japanese movie about the mental and physical effects of war.
Filmhouse, 9.15pm, Thu 17 Jun.
Pelican Blood (World premiere)
Atmospheric, edgy story of an ill-fated love affair between competitive birdwatcher and a seductive environmentalist.
Cineworld, 6.30pm, Thu 17 Jun & 9pm, Fri 18 Jun.
Family estrangement and skeletons-in-closets come to light at a French funeral, with fantastic performances.
Cameo, 6pm, Thu 17 Jun & 3.30pm, Sat 19 Jun.
The Red Machine
Delicious propaganda-style movie featuring safe-crackers and Japanese spies in depression-era America.
Cineworld, 6pm, Thu 17 Jun & 3.15pm, Sat 19 Jun.
Edge of Dreaming
A poetic, personal film in which a woman’s dreams of death come true.
Filmhouse, 7.15pm, Thu 17 Jun & 4.15pm, Sat 19 Jun.
Girl With Black Balloons (World premiere)
A character study of reclusive artist Bettina Bashyi, inhabitant of New York’s Chelsea Hotel.
Filmhouse, 5.30pm, Thu 17 Jun & 6.15pm, Sat 19 Jun.
A Mexican-set father-son bonding story studying the effects of nature and nurture.
Cineworld, 8.15pm, Thu 17 Jun & 1.15pm, Sun 20 Jun.
Two Eyes Staring
Clammy ghost story in the J-horror mould, about a girl befriending a mysterious youngster who lives in the basement.
Cameo, 10.45pm, Thu 17 Jun & 10.30pm, Tue 22 Jun.
World’s Greatest Dad
Taboo-busting black comedy from the twisted mind of Bobcat Goldthwaite, starring Robin Williams.
Cameo, 8.25pm, Thu 17 Jun & Cineworld, 6.15pm, Sat 26 Jun.
The People vs George Lucas
The fans bite back, their faith tested to breaking point by shoddy prequels and Jar Jar Binks.
Filmhouse, 7.45pm, Fri 18 Jun & 3.30pm, Sat 19 Jun.
The story of the Kashmere Stage Band, a high school band who gained worldwide recognition in the 1970s.
Cineworld, 8.20pm, Fri 18 Jun & 3.45pm, Sat 19 Jun.
New Zealand’s second-biggest-ever movie from the writers of Flight of the Conchords is a hilarious coming-of-ager.
Cameo, 6pm, Fri 18 Jun & 1.15pm, Sat 19 Jun.
A nightwatchman who goes on a journey of retribution for his missing wife and daughter.
Cameo, 8.15, Fri 18 Jun & 8pm, Sun 20 Jun.
Huge (World premiere)
Buddy movie set in the seedy world of stand-up comedy, starring Noel Clarke and Johnny Harris.
Cineworld, 6pm, Fri 18 Jun & Cameo, 3.45pm, Sun 20 Jun.
Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World (World premiere)
Edward Hogg stars as sweet-natured geek Ollie, whose sanity scurries away when tragedy strikes.
Cineworld, 6.30pm, Fri 18 Jun & 6pm, Sun 20 Jun.
Evil in the Time of Heroes
Tongue-in-cheek zombie apocalypse featuring Billy Zane as a time-travelling zombie hunter.
Cameo, 10.45pm, Fri 18 Jun & 11pm, Thu 24 Jun.
Toy Story 3
Possibly the most-anticipated blockbuster of the year, with the newly 3D gang planning to escape a day-care centre.
Cineworld, 6pm, 6.15pm & 6.30pm, Sat 19 Jun.
This tender and funny film watches 40-year-old Nenette the orangutan, while listening to the revealing remarks of her visitors.
Cameo, 6pm, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jun.
And Everything Is Going Fine
Steven Soderbergh’s tribute to vibrant writer and performer Spalding Gray, who died in 2004.
Filmhouse, 6.30pm, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jun.
Spellbound director Jeffrey Blitz examines the effects of a lottery win on two central characters: Vietnamese refugee Qang and sheltered outcast James.
Cineworld, 8.45pm, Sat 19 & Sun 20 Jun.
An Edinburgh-set bloody gothic horror that stunned audiences at SXSW, from debut director Colm McCarthy.
Cameo, 10.30pm, Sat 19 Jun & 10.45pm, Wed 23 Jun.
Soulboy (World premiere)
A great UK cast revisits the fashion, dance moves and music of 1974’s Northern Soul youth movement.
Cineworld, 7.45pm, Sat 19 Jun & Filmhouse, 4.15pm, Sat 26 Jun.
The Man Who Would Be King
One of Sir Sean’s best, with Michael Caine and John Huston also lending their talents to this Kipling swashbuckler.
Festival Theatre, 6pm, Sun 20 Jun.
Donkeys (World premiere)
The cream of Scottish acting talent take part in this tale of friendship, forgiveness and family secrets.
Filmhouse, 6.15pm, Su20 Jun & 1.15pm, Thu 24 Jun.
Mai Mai Miracle
From the protégé of Hayao Miyazaki comes a fantastical animation about childhood dreams, and how we outgrow them.
Cameo, 1.30pm, Sun 20 Jun & 3pm, Fri 25 Jun.
A dark, retro-comic book aesthetic and a dangerously sexy lead come together in a dystopian future where cigarettes are outlawed.
Filmhouse, 9.15pm, Tue 22 Jun.
The Sentimental Engine Slayer
Daring debut from Mars Volta front man Omar Rodriguez Lopez, featuring identity crises, doppelgangers, and junkies.
Filmhouse, 8.45pm, Tue 22 Jun & 8.30pm, Thu 24 Jun.
From the Palme d’Or-winning director of Kinatay, the tale of a mother who must choose between vengeance and clemency.
Cameo, 5.50pm, Wed 23 Jun & 8.45pm, Fri 25 Jun.
The Good Heart
Paul Dano and Brian Cox pair up as mismatched inhabitants of the same hospital ward.
Cineworld, 8.30pm, Wed 23 Jun & 6pm, Fri 25 Jun.
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
David Lynch produces and Werner Herzog directs this dark, weird true story.
Filmhouse, 9.50pm, Wed 23 Jun & 5.55pm, Fri 25 Jun.
Tickets for most films cost £8.50 (£7.50), unless otherwise stated in listings. Exceptions usually apply for discussion events, opening and closing galas, shorts programmes and matinees - see www.list.co.uk/festival for details.