The line-up for this year’s “Best of the Fest” – a chance to see some of the most popular films from the Film Festival – has been announced. The following eight film screenings take place in Filmhouse on Sunday 1 July 2018, giving audiences a chance to catch up on movies they may have missed (or want to see again) from this year’s programme.
Incredibles 2 10:55
If you missed the sold-out Family Gala of the long-awaited sequel to beloved Disney Pixar film The Incredibles here’s another chance to see the movie before its general release on 13 July. Everyone’s favourite superhero family is back but this time Helen (Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
Storm in My Heart 11:00
Hollywood movie stars Susan Hayward and Lena Horne were born on the same day – June 30th, 1917 – and in the same place, Brooklyn, New York. This, director Mark Cousins felt, made them twins of a sort in film history. And their connections continued. Both starred in American musicals. Both went to live in the US state of Georgia. As one was white, and one was African American, their movie careers were rather different. Taking two of their most famous films – Horne’s Stormy Weather (1943) and Hayward’s With A Song In My Heart (1952) – Edinburgh-based filmmaker Cousins explores their connections, and what classic Hollywood cinema leaves out.
Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) 11:10
After several unsuccessful suicide attempts, 27-year-old William (Aneurin Barnard) outsources the task to Leslie (Tom Wilkinson), a hitman on the brink of retirement who specialises in assisted death. But with the contract signed and death assured within a week (or his money back) William finally discovers a reason to live when he meets the woman of his dreams (Freya Mavor) and things get more complicated for both men. Leslie has quotas to meet and as far as he’s concerned the contract is binding. A charming black comedy evocative of In Bruges with a talented British cast including Christopher Eccleston. The film also marks Guy Garvey from Elbow and Peter Jobson from I Am Kloot’s first foray into film composition.
Ideal Home 16:00
This delightful comedy balances barbed humour with feel-good moments. Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd star as Erasmus and Paul, long-term lovers who live a carefree life in Sante Fe, where Erasmus is a kitsch celebrity TV chef and Paul his long-suffering producer. The pair’s comfortable life in an expansive ranch house becomes disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Angel (Jack Gore), Erasmus’ 10-year-old grandson he didn’t know he had. Angel’s widowed father Beau (Jake McDorman), the estranged offspring from an “experiment” with a woman that Erasmus had many years earlier, has been arrested for drug dealing. So, the boy must either stay with his grandfather or enter foster care. Angel arrives at the couple’s home clutching a plastic bag containing cash, cocaine and a Bible and life is thrown into disarray.
The Heiresses (Las Herederas) 18:00
Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun), both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened, and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy (Ana Ivanova), forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.
C’est la vie! (Le Sens de la fête) 18:15
The directors of French hit The Intouchables Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache are back with a comedy about the chaotic preparations of a wedding set in a 17th century chateaux. A cantankerous French caterer (Jean-Pierre Bacri) must try to create a fairy-tale wedding while relying on the most disorganized group of waiters, cooks, photographers and wedding singers in the history of holy matrimonies. This is an expertly assembled, tartly played and hugely enjoyable romp with a broad multi-ethnic and multi-generational cast, all driven by a breezy score that delivers real, irreverent pleasure.
Margot Robbie stars as a mysterious woman involved in a series of dark and dangerous events in Terminal, which she also produces. Writer-director Vaughn Stein’s film is a stylish, twisting and shrewdly complex noir-style revenge thriller. Set against the backdrop in the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, the film follows two assassins (Dexter Fletcher and Max Irons) on a deadly mission, a teacher (Simon Pegg) facing a fatal illness, an enigmatic janitor (Mike Myers) and a waitress (Robbie) who leads a double life. Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night as their lives all intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind hell-bent on revenge.
Flammable Children (Swinging Safari) 20:45
Everybody needs good neighbours in Swinging Safari. But under the raucous guidance of Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), no one fits that description. Reuniting with Guy Pearce after 23 years — and reteaming Pearce with his former soap co-star Kylie Minogue — the Australian writer/director recreates the unruly antics of 70s beachside suburbia as both a comedic account and a nostalgic tale. An energetic, irreverent, autobiographically inspired affair filled with key swapping, children running amok and a rotting 200-tonne whale. A glossy, kitsch and gloriously rude film
Tickets are available to buy now, are £8 (£5 for under 16’s) and can be purchased online, by calling 0131 623 8030 or in person at a Festival Box Office.