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The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

Monday 6th November | 7:30pm

In this gritty Western classic, aging outlaw Pike Bishop (William Holden) prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine) and brothers Lyle (Warren Oates) and Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson), Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.


“Rambling but beautiful epic… Superb performances…Captures with poignancy and power regret for a passiing era” Empire



1969   I      CERTIFICATE  18   |     RUNNING TIME  145

Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich

Monday 13th November | 7:30pm

Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a woman in a tight spot. Following a car accident in which Erin is not at fault, Erin pleads with her attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her at his law firm. Erin stumbles upon some medical records placed in real estate files. She convinces Ed to allow her to investigate, where she discovers a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community which is causing devastating illnesses among its residents.


“Erin Brockovich” presents moviegoers with the true story of a woman who transcends her surroundings, takes on the big dogs, and wins” Plugged In


2000   I      CERTIFICATE  15    |     RUNNING TIME  131

Get on the Bus

Get on the Bus

Monday 20th November | 7:30pm

A disparate group of African-American men climb on a bus bound for the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. — among them, Evan Sr. (Thomas Jefferson Byrd) and his son, Smooth (De’aundre Bonds), who have been shackled together as a condition of Smooth’s temporary probation. Although the group begins the trip as strangers, their shared stories and experiences unite them as their discourse builds a portrait of what it means to be black in America.


“Spike’s rough-hewn comedy, is well worth a look ” EFilmcritic


1996       I      CERTIFICATE  15     |    R UNNING TIME  121

Satakarni, the Son of Gautami

EFIFD PRESENTS: Satakarni, the Son of Gautami

Friday 24th November | 5:30pm

EFIFD 2017 opens with an opulent historical war drama set in 1st Century CE on the rise and consolidation of the first pan-Indian empire by a warrior king from the southern parts of the Indian sub-continent, Satakarni. This authentically researched epic biography depicts life and times under a ‘unique’ Indian dynasty of kings that took their identity from their mother. Satakarni’s coronation as the Emperor of 33 Indian kingdoms was commemorated with the launch of a new calendar system still in vogue in parts of southern and western India.
EFIFD recommends
Kollywood’s next epic extravaganza after the Baahubali series
is helmed by emerging directorial talent from the Telegu film industry, Krish Jagarlamudi, acclaimed for his authentic cinematic spectacles with a humanist heart.
Screening: Friday 24th November 2017
Venue: Grassmarket Community Project Time: 6.00 PM Price: £6.00 (£4.50 Concs)


Post screening public Q&A with director

2017       I      CERTIFICATE  15     |    R UNNING TIME  135

Tales of the Tribes
The Waves
The Window

EFIFD PRESENTS: Long Shorts (fiction)

Saturday 25th November | 1:30pm

Price: £5.00 (£3.00 Concs)

Tales of the Tribes

Three brothers – man, tiger and spirit – were born from the union between sky and earth, but they could not live together; a hunter stumbles upon paradise and he cannot hunt anymore… These, and three more stop-motion animated films adapted from folk tales of the tribes of Central and North-Eastern India are presented by British anthropologist and ethnologist Verrier Elwin (1902-1964), who lived and loved with the tribes of India. The stories were selected by participants in five Tribal Animation Workshops in Nagaland (2009), Sikkim (2010), Manipur (2012), Ahmadabad for the Gond film (2012) and Arunachal Pradesh (2013).


The Waves (Dheu)

Adapted from a Bengali short story, Ichchhe (The Wish), The Waves depict the various stages from youth to old age, in the solitary life of a couple making funeral biers off a river island. Juxtaposing the inviting vistas of virgin nature with the limited aspirations of life in the margins, this breathtakingly photographed film uses Baul ballads and devotional songs to weave an unforgettable classic-style ode to love and loss.


The Window (Khidkee)

A housewife, Madhu (55) and a screenplay writer, Ashween (29) live across the road from each other, and get glimpses of one another’s lives from their living room windows. Little do they know that their minds have their own windows…



During the monsoon season, a widow from a small Indian town, Patna, travels to Mumbai on the anniversary of her husband’s death, to take part in customary Hindu prayers which are held in the mourning period. However, the daughter arrives late and their journey begins, pauses, stops and starts again. The distance shrinks, the roles exchange, as both mother and daughter end up commemorating much more…




G A Wantom Heart (G Kutta Se)

EFIFD PRESENTS: G A Wantom Heart (G Kutta Se)

Saturday 25th November | 4:30pm

Price: £6.00 (£4.50 Concs)

‘Where a woman’s honour holds the key to life and death’ In a small village, not too far from Delhi, three lives explode around taboos of love and lust. Diksha, still just a girl, is caught unguarded on camera, besmirching the ‘honour’ of her parents. Kiran, in love with the wrong boy, becomes the target of another man’s lustful vengeance, ‘dishonouring’ her family. And Virender, a young man cruising the streets at will, enjoys all the acts society forbids women, protecting or destroying their ‘honour’ as he wills. Portraying realistic lust and ‘immoral’ sexual behaviour this film is a true reflection of the unspoken violence women suffer across the world.
EFIFD recommends
G Kutta Se is a courageous transgressive film that offers viewers
a deeper understanding of the entrapment of women in honour based communities. Though set in a patriarchal conservative backdrop, it shows its female protagonists in a radical new light, exercising agency over their life, body and choice in a way that is rarely talked about. This is a unique opportunity to peep into its hidden reality.
Screening: Saturday 25th November 2017
Venue: Grassmarket Community Project Time: 4.30 PM Price: £6.00 (£4.50 Concs)
Cert. 18
Advisory: contains strong language and some scenes of violence




Hide and Seek (LapaChapi)

EFIFD PRESENTS: Hide and Seek (Lapachapi)

Saturday 25th November | 6:45pm

Price: £6.00 (£4.50 Concs)

An old woman who tells scary fables, a haunted tape recorder through which a spirit speaks, little children who innocently say the most terrifying things – Vishal Furia’s LapaChhapi has all the ingredients of a quintessential horror film and more. The film revolves around a couple who are forced by circumstances to stay in a small house in the middle of a large sugarcane field. Soon, the eight months pregnant wife discovers that there are forces in those fields who are after her unborn baby. What these forces are and whether she will be able to save her baby forms the crux of this edge-of-the-seat indie horror thriller.
EFIFD recommends LapaChhapi is a game changer in Indian cinema’s horror-film genre!

Advisory: contains some scenes of violence




Gypsy Millionaires
Tears of Autumn
A Perspective

EFIFD PRESENTS: Desi Stories (non-fiction)

Sunday 26th November | 1:30pm

Price: £5.00 (£3.00 Concs)


Rone chooses to be a preserver of indigenous knowledge.  She has seen time move fast in her tiny Chakhesang Naga village (in North-East India), barely leaving behind any semblane of the life she knew.  She is 79.  Because her Naga history is transmitted orally, it is particularly vulnerable to rapid change, especially when young people absorb values and cultures alien to theor ancestors.  This imaginatively shot, observational short, captures Rone effortlessly practicing a village tradition that may not survive the weight of Christain influence.



Gypsy Millionaires (Daslakhiya)

Fences are often built to create boundaries, to determine ownership and to create partition. One of such fence has been built in the Kanha National Park of India, where a primitive tribe has been deprived of their basic forest rights. Daslakhiya reveals the aftermath of the eviction of the Baiga Tribe from their forest for a developmental project.


Tears of Autumn (Hardouk Oush)

An old father has lost his son to the socio-political turmoil in Kashmir. After years of search for his disappeared son, he finally comes to know of his whereabouts – an unmarked grave. He wants to share his grief, but no one is interested in an oft repeated story of sadness …except a Chinar tree, where his son used to play as a kid.


A Perspective (Nazara)

Nazara is a brave explorative film about transgressing the conventional. The presence of a bizarre man sitting by the side of a busy road in central Delhi has different effects on people according to their own prejudices and to how they choose to interact.




The Underdog

EFIFD PRESENTS: The Underdog (Kaccha Limbu)

Sunday 26th November | 3:30pm

Price: £6.00 (£4.50 Concs)

Based on a classic novel, Runanubandha by legendary Marathi novelist, Jaywant Dalvi, this is the story of a couple struggling with a mentally-challenged child. The film is set in the Mumbai of 1980s, when its original residents were pushed to the outer suburbs. While the father sinks into a perpetual night shift at work, the mother drifts towards another man. Meanwhile, their son is 16 years old and growing into his sexuality. Can this family keep from falling apart and come back together? At playgrounds in western India, a ‘kaccha limbu’ is the underdog.
EFIFD recommends Brilliantly shot in black & white, the film’s selective use of colour by cameraman Amalendu Choudhary represents the forgotten hopes and dreams of its characters. Prasad Oak, a veteran actor of 100 Marathi films, plays and television makes his directorial debut with Kaccha Limbu.





Nana - A Tale of Us

EFIFD PRESENTS: Nana – A Tale of Us

Sunday 26th November | 6pm

Price: £6.00 (£4.50 Concs)

Nana is the little daughter of a local goon, who is hired by a minister during election time to force voters in his constituency to vote his way by bribe or coercion. Elections are profitable times for irregularly employed village men, who survive on its windfall income baits. Set in the Himalayan tribal state of Nagaland, a region rarely seen on cinema, Nana offers a never-before-seen inside-out perspective on governance challenges in India’s scenic hill states of the North-East. Yet, unlike most films in the genre, this Church-funded production articulates its concerns through plausible drama with a subtly infused correctional ‘religious’ message that bad karma does eventually catch up.
EFIFD recommends A significant ‘political film’ with a warm local heart, Nana, fuses the subtle and minimalist satire-laced style of new Iranian cinema, with the intimate-eye-for-family-details of classic storytellers like Ozu. It marks the ascendancy of a new directorial voice worth watching out for, in its three-film-old director, Tia Aier.





Mad Dog Glory

Mad Dog Glory

Monday 27th November | 7:30pm

Wayne Dobie (Robert De Niro) is a shy cop whose low-key demeanor has earned him the affectionate nickname “Mad Dog.” After Mad Dog saves the life of Frank Milo (Bill Murray), a crime boss and aspiring stand-up comedian, he’s offered the company of an attractive young waitress named Glory (Uma Thurman) for a week. At first both are uneasy about the arrangement, but they eventually fall in love. However, the situation becomes complicated when Milo demands Glory back.

“An almost unconscionably enjoyable movie that plays like something conceived by a contemporary, furiously hip Damon Runyon.” New York Times


1993      I      CERTIFICATE  12     |      RUNNING TIME  100

God's Own Country

BFI LGBT50 Season: God’s Own Country

Monday 4th December | 7:30pm

A young farmer numbs his frustrations with drinking and casual sex until a Romanian migrant worker sets him on a new path.


“In the crepuscular light of Brexit, the film resembles a symbolic appeal for tenderness at a time of instability, even if it is really something altogether more conventional: a love story against the odds.” New Statesmen


“You’ll find yourself getting teary a week later – a potent, haunting meditation on the soul-stirring significance of being open to love.“ Little White Lies


BEST FILM Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

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2017     I      CERTIFICATE  15    |      RUNNING TIME  105

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

Monday 11th December | 7:30pm

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn’t commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years.


“If you don’t love Shawshank, chances are you’re beyond redemption ” Empire




1994    I      CERTIFICATE  15     |   RUNNING TIME  142

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

Monday 18th December | 7:30pm

Assigned to a new post, reserved British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) relocates to Kenya with his lovely young wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an activist for social justice. When Tessa is found murdered out in the wilderness, circumstances point to her friend, Dr. Arnold Bluhm (Hubert Koundé), but it is soon clear that he’s not the killer. Grief-stricken and angry, Justin sets out to uncover the truth behind Tessa’s murder — and in the process, he unearths some disturbing revelations.


“Serious, topical filmmaking of a very high order. It may not engage as immediately as a Bourne, but it sticks with you longer ” Empire Magazine


2005  I     CERTIFICATE  12   |   RUNNING TIME  129

Rogue One

Rogue One

Sunday 24th December | 2pm

Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire’s lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance.


“This is the Star Wars story you were looking for but may not have even known it ” Common Sense Media


2016    I   CERTIFICATE  12A    |  RUNNING TIME  133

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Wednesday 27th December | 10am

When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.


“Seventy-five years on, it hasn’t dated in the slightest.” Independent


1939      I    CERTIFICATE  U    |  RUNNING TIME   112

Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

Wednesday 27th December | 7:30pm

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God’s glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige) in his single-minded quest.

“The cast give performance bests, the filmmaking is immaculate and the emotional wallop undeniable. Chariots is a film for the ages.” Empire



Planes Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Friday 29th December | 2pm

Easily excitable Neal Page (Steve Martin) is somewhat of a control freak. Trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife (Laila Robins) and kids, his flight is rerouted to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm, and his sanity begins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith (John Candy), whom he finds extremely annoying. Together they must overcome the insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destination.

“A warm, mature offering from Hughes, with Martin’s restraint a perfect counterpoint to Candy’s enormous (and enormously amusing) fooling around.”  Empire



1988    I    CERTIFICATE  15  |  RUNNING TIME  93