camp in the year 1963. Scotsman Screening Room, Edinburgh.
✽✽ Diva (15) ●●●●● (Jean-Jacques Beineix, France, 1981) Frederic
Andrei, Roland Bertin, Richard Bohringer. 117min. The twisted fate of two tapes, one an illegal recording of an American opera star, the other exposing a crime ring, is the central strand of this daffy Gallic cult favourite. Style oozes from every sprocket hole. Part of French Film Festival. See Festival Focus, page 41. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Document 8: Friday Screening (E) (Various) 90min. Day of screenings featuring Polish director Dagmara Drazazga’s Peking 2008, Guillermo Carreras-Candi’s Tragovi and Stefano Bisulli and Roberto Naccari’s Freedom is Frightening. CCA, Glasgow. Donkeys (15) ●●●●● (Morag McKinnon, UK, 2010) James Cosmo, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie. 78min. Glaswegian black comedy detailing the travails of old rogue Alfred (Cosmo) as he attempts to rekindle relations with his estranged family. Director Morag McKinnon’s first feature is both a strong and distinctive follow up to Red Road (it is part of the same Scottish-Danish co- production project as Andrea Arnold’s film) and a stand-alone success. Selected release. Dragon Hunters (12) (Guillaume Ivernel/Arthur Qwak, France/Germany/Luxembourg, 2009) Voices of Mary Matilyn Mouser, Forest Whitaker. 100min. Animated adventure in which little Zoe, her enterprising weasel friend and a blue creature called Hector accompany the mighty dragon slayer Lian-Chu on the quest to kill a monstrous fire-breathing beast. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Due Date (15) ●●●●● (Todd Phillips, US, 2010) Robert Downey Jr, Zach Gilifianakis. 95min. See review, page 41. General release.
✽✽ Dumas (L’autre Dumas) (12A) (Safy Nebbou, France, 2010) Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde, Dominique Blanc. 105min. A fictionalised comedy about the great novelist. Part of French Film Festival. See Festival Focus, page 41. Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow; Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Easy A (15) ●●●●● (Will Gluck, US, 2010) Emma Stone, Cam Gigandet, Amanda Bynes. 92min. Reminiscent of John Hughes in his heyday, Gluck’s edgy high-school comedy stars sparky newcomer Stone as Olive, a gauche outsider who achieves popularity by telling a little white lie about losing her virginity that rapidly spirals out of control. General release.
✽✽ Eden is West (15) (Costa-Gavras, France, 2009) Riccardo Scamarcio,
Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos, Léa Wiazemsky. 106min. Thriller/drama exploring the dangers faced by immigrants in modern Europe. Part of French Film Festival. See Festival Focus, page 41. Glasgow Film Theatre. Films of Scotland (E) (Various, UK) 80min. A preview of a new BBC1 series uncovering archive films made between 1938 and 1982 in order to sell Scotland to the world. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Focus Left (E) (Various) New platform for short film-makers to showcase their work, with a particular focus on the experimental and unconventional. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info or to submit a film. The Arches, Glasgow. The Fox and the Child (U) ●●●●● (Luc Jacquet, France, 2007) Voice of Kate Winslet, Bertille Noel-Bruneau, Thomas Laliberte. 92min. A giggly eight-year-old French child (Noël-Bruneau) strikes up a friendship with a fox she meets on the way home from school. This marks a step forward in narrative storytelling for Jacquet, who successfully depicts the fox as a wild and uncontrolled force in a non-Disney manner. An often beguiling account of how mankind and animals can exist in harmony. Hippodrome, Bo’ness.
✽✽ French Film Festival Shorts Programme (15) (Various, France, 1978-2010) 70min. Over an hour of French short films which include La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons from director of Belleville Rendez-vous, Sylvain Chomet, Homeland by
Herve Gorree-Wery and 8 et des Poussières by Laurent Teyssier. See Festival Focus, page 41. Glasgow Film Theatre.
✽✽ The French Kissers (18) (Riad Sattouf, France, 2009) Vincent
Lacoste, Anthony Sonigo, Alice Trémolière. 90min. In the same vein as Superbad, the film follows two geeks on a mission to have their first sexual experiences and to understand what love is. Part of French Film Festival. See Festival Focus, page 41. Glasgow Film Theatre. G-Force 2D (PG) ●●●●● (Hoyt Yeatman, UK, 2009) Voices of Bill Nighy, Will Arnett, Kelli Garner. 90min. Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedy adventure about a covertly trained group of guinea pig special agents who are charged with saving the world from disaster. Simple minded and likeable enough. Cineworld Parkhead, Glasgow; Cineworld Fountainpark, Edinburgh. Gaelic Poets Double Bill (E) (UK, Various) 75min. Special screening of two factual films about the world of Gaelic poetry. First is Douglas Campbell’s Moladh na Maighdinn, about the challenge of doing poetic justice to Scotland’s Munros, and the double bill is completed by Murray Grigor’s Is Mise an Teanga, about a group of poets trying to create The Great Book of Gaelic, a sort of contemporary Book of Kells. Part of Poetry & Motion. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Going the Distance (15) ●●●●● (Nanette Burstein, US, 2010) Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day. 102min. Journalism student (Barrymore) and A&R man (Long) embark on a six-week romance that leaves them convinced they are meant to be together. Tragedy strikes when Erin returns to her studies, leaving them long-distance. A dispiriting movie experience from two perfectly competent romcom stalwarts. Grosvenor, Glasgow. Golmaal 3 (12A) (Rohit Shetty, India, 2010) Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Mithum Chakraborty. 125min. Third film in the Golmaal franchise, starring Kapoor as tomboyish heroine Daboo. Selected release. Grease (PG) ●●●●● (Randal Kleiser, US, 1978) John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Stockard Channing. 110min. Over thirty years on, Grease is still the word, and still the way we are feeling. Sloans, Glasgow.
✽✽ The Great Love (Le Grand Amour) (12A) ●●●●● (Pierre
Etaix, France, 1969) Pierre Etaix, Annie Fratellini, Nicole Calfan. 97min. A young man daydreams as he waits at the altar for his bride. This screening is followed by a Q&A with director Etaix. Part of French Film Festival. See Festival Focus, page 41. Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow; Filmhouse, Edinburgh. The Gruffalo (U) ●●●●● (Jacob Schuh, UK, 2009) Voices of Helena Bonham Carter, James Corden, Robbie Coltrane. 60min. The cinema version of Julia Donaldson’s clever and colourful book about a resourceful mouse and, of course, the terrible Gruffalo. Featuring a veritable feast of famous voices. This screening is accompanied by readings of children’s poetry. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Gugu and Andile (15) (Minky Schlesinger, South Africa, 2009) Litha Booi, Lungelo Dhladhla, Jabulani Hadebe. 96min. A Romeo and Juliet-style forbidden love story about a Zulu boy and a Xhosa girl in 1990s South Africa. Part of Africa in Motion. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
✽✽ The Hedgehog (15) (Mona Achache, France/Italy, 2009) Josianne
Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa. 100min. Debut from Achache about a precocious 11-year-old who has meticulously planned out her own death. Part of French Film Festival. See Festival Focus, page 41. Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow; Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Hubble 3D (U) (Toni Meyers, Canada, 2010) 44min. Leonardo Di Caprio narrates the latest 3D IMAX space adventure. IMAX Theatre, Glasgow.
✽✽ The Hunter (Shekarchi) (15) ●●●●● (Rafi Pitts, Iran/Germany,
2010) Rafi Pitts, Mitra Hajjar Sara, Ali Nicksaulat. 92min. See review, page 43 and profile, listings. Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow; Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
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