Films to catch this week in Edinburgh


The Filmhouse foyer (Photo Credit: Patrick Dalziel)

At EN4 News we like to keep a close eye on everything going on culturally around Edinburgh, and as the winter weather drags on the cinema seems like the perfect place to escape the cold. So, we’ve compiled this short list of the best films screening around the city in the coming week.

Wednesday 14th March:
The Lives of Others (Dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)

This tense drama is the debut from German film-maker Donnersmarck, and went on to win best Foreign Language Film in 2006’s Academy Awards. Set in 1984 Berlin as tensions either side of the wall rose, The Lives of Others tells a fascinating story of state surveillance, paranoia, and unconventional romance. Centred around a state informant and his moral dilemmas after he is ordered to spy on a playwright and his actress girlfriend. The film is screening as part of the 40 years of Filmhouse programme, which plays a different film from each of the forty years the cinema has been open.

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Sunday 18th March:
Kiki’s Delivery Service (Dir. Hayao Miyazaki)

Since Spirited Away was released in 2001, Studio Ghibli have become a massive name in animation outside of Asia. Hayao Miyazaki directing the strongest projects (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro…) so it comes as no surprise at the Cameo’s annual Studio Ghibli Forever strand, his works feature prominently. Kiki’s Delivery Service is an early work and one of his more obscure. Following a young girl training to be a witch who starts a courier business. It contains all of his usual charm, and some incredible world design, meaning it’s relativity unknown status is a real shame. Be sure to catch it at the Cameo this Sunday.

From Thursday 15th March
The Square (Ruben Östlund)

Ruben Östlund’s latest satirical drama is seriously ambitious. Attempting to create comedy out of the pretensions of the modern art world and the PR company hired to improve one museum’s image. A topic which could easily have not found its mark. Thankfully though, this isn’t the case and The Square turns out to be an anarchic comedy with very little boundaries. It revels in its dark comedy, one scene involving a live exhibition where Terry Notary (motion capture for the recent planet of the apes films) disrupts a dinner party is going to be discussed for years. It also boasts a fantastic cast with Claes Bang playing sleazy museum curator Christian, and Elisabeth Moss as reporter Anne.  The Square is playing across Edinburgh.

Monday 19th March
Moonrise Kingdom (Dir. Wes Anderson)

Ahead of the release of Wes Anderson’s latest film Isle of Dogs, why not catch a classic from the pastel colour auteur? Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two runaway kids who fall in love and the adults desperate to find them. It’s unbelievably charming, even by Wes Anderson’s standards and boasts a ridiculously good cast. Starring huge names such as Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton & Frances McDormand this is one that you definitely shouldn’t miss. Moonrise Kingdom is showing at The Cameo this Monday, and will definitely sell out soon.

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