had an affair with her the previous year. Cameo, Edinburgh. A Letter to Momo (U) (Hiroyuki Okiura, Japan, 2011) 120min. Anime adventure. A little girl and her mother move from the city to a remote island, where strange goings on seem to characterise their new life. Part of Scotland Loves Anime festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Glasgow Film Theatre.
✽✽ Life and Debt (PG) ●●●●● (Stephanie Black, US, 2001) 86min.
Excellent documentary examining the effects of globalisation on third world countries, in particular Jamaica. Followed by discussion with John Christenson (Director, The Tax Justice Network) and other guests. Part of Take One Action! Film Festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
✽✽ The Light Bulb Conspiracy (tbc) ●●●●● (Cosima Dannoritzer,
Spain/France, 2010) 75min. This documentary examines the concept of Planned Obsolescence, dreamt up by businessmen in the 1920s, and whose legacy is being felt in third world landfill sites today. Features Q&A with director Cosima Dannoritzer and hands-on activities with Remade in Edinburgh. Part of Take One Action! Film Festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. A Lonely Place to Die (15) ●●●●● (Julian Gilbey, UK, 2011) Melissa George, Sean Harris, Ed Speelers. 99min. A tense and riveting Brit-thiller that makes full use of the Scottish landscape, imbuing it with both beauty and terror as a group of climbers become embroiled in a brutal game of cat and mouse in the mountains. George is charismatic as the leader of the climbers, Harris makes for a suitably nasty villain, and the only let-down comes when momentum is lost as the action returns to civilisation. Selected release. Looking for Eric (15) ●●●●● (Ken Loach, UK, 2009) Steve Evets, Eric Cantona, Stephanie Bishop. 146min. Shot without frills, this sentimental, feel good comedy is much less conspicuously political than Loach’s previous films. It centres upon protagonist Eric Bishop (Evets), a middle-aged Mancunian postman, who is prone to panic attacks. Gazing up one night over a spliff at a bedroom poster of Cantona, Eric is amazed to see the Frenchman appear, and Cantona proceeds to act as a life coach to the mixed-up Eric. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Mademoiselle Chambon (15) ●●●●● (Stéphane Brizé, France, 2009) Vincent Lindon, Sandrine Kiberlain, Aure Atika. 101min. See review, page 62. Glasgow Film Theatre; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee. Manhattan Short Film Festival (15) (Various, US, 2011) 145min. Ten short films will be selected then screened across the globe where audience members vote on who should win. Glasgow Film Theatre. Mardock Scramble Parts 1 & 2 (18) (Japan, 2010) 100min. Cyberpunk noir animation about a young cyborg taking on a range of insane villains. Part of Scotland Loves Anime festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Glasgow Film Theatre. Mars Needs Moms 2D (PG) ●●●●● (Simon Wells, US, 2011) Voices of Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack. 87min. Animated comedy in which a boy gains a greater appreciation of his ol’ mum after aliens abduct her. Glasgow Film Theatre.
✽✽ Melancholia (15) ●●●●● (Lars von Trier, Denmark/Sweden/France/ Germany, 2011) Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland. 136min. See review, page 66. Glasgow Film Theatre; Cameo, Edinburgh.
✽✽ Midnight in Paris (12A) ●●●●● (Woody Allen, Spain/US, 2011) Owen
Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates. 94min. See review, page 62. Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Glasgow Film Theatre. The Naked Island (U) ●●●●● (Kaneto Shindô, Japan, 1960) Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka. 94min. Stark, almost wordless depiction of the struggle for survival of a family of four who live on the almost completely deserted Setonaikai archipelago in south-west Japan. CCA, Glasgow.
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✽✽ Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing (tbc) ●●●●● (Maung Myint Aung, Kyaw Kyaw Oo, Germany, 2010) 90min. In May 2008, 140,000 people were killed and 2.5million Burmese left homeless by cyclone Nargis. The Burmese ruling military refused international aid and a group of undercover filmmakers rushed to alert the world to this plight. With panel discussion including Burmese activist in exile Zoya Phan and Sarah Boyack MSP. Part of Take One Action! Film Festival. CCA, Glasgow; Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Norman Wisdom Double Bill (PG) (Various, UK, 2008/2010) 97min. Two documentaries about the life of the comic actor: the Terrence Stamp-narrated Norman Wisdom – His Story and the Wonderland episode, The Secret Life of Norman Wisdom Aged 92 3/4. Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. One Day (12A) ●●●●● (Lone Sherfig, UK/US, 2011) Jim Sturgess, Anne hathaway. 108min. Broadly entertaining adaptation of David Nicholls’ much loved novel about student pals and almost lovers Emma (Hathaway) and Dexter (Sturgess). An Education director Sherfig sacrifices a lot of the book’s charm and incidental detail for a kind of kaleidoscopic sweep through the last twenty years but it’s still enjoyable. General release. One Life (U) ●●●●● (Michael Gunton/Martha Holmes, UK, 2011) Daniel Craig (voice). 84min. Documentary for kids featuring stunning footage of animals in the wild and narrated by Daniel Craig. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Our Generation (tbc) (Sinem Saban, Damien Curtis, Australia, 2010) 73min. Beneath the feet of the Australian Aboriginals yidaki lie some of the most prized export minerals in Australia. Can the oldest living culture on earth keep a hold of their land? Plus Q&A with director Sinam Saban plus special guests. Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Glasgow Film Theatre; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee. Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times (15) ●●●●● (Andrew Rossi, US, 2011) David Carr, Carl Bernstein, Bruce Headlam. 92min. See review, page 63. Glasgow Film Theatre; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee. Pam’s Dream (tbc) (Erica Eyres, UK, 2011) 35min. A remake of an episode of 80s TV soap Dallas, featuring amateur child actors playing the familiar roles of Pam and Bobby Ewing. CCA, Glasgow.
✽✽ Perfect Sense (15) ●●●●● (David Mackenzie,
Germany/UK/Sweden/Denmark, 2011) Eva Green, Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner. 92min. See review, page 63. Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee.
✽✽ Pink Saris (tbc) ●●●●● (Kim Longinotto, UK, 2010) 100min. The
Gulabi Gang are a group of vigilante women who resist the low status that is thrust upon them. Their champion, Sampat Pal, fought the discrimination and domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of her in- laws and has become a beacon of hope for the women of Uttar Pradesh. Followed by Q&A with director Kim Longinotto. Part of Take One Action! Film Festival. Filmhouse, Edinburgh.
✽✽ La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) (12A) ●●●●● (Jacques
Deray, France/Italy, 1969) Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin. 123min. See Also Released, page 66. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Polish Animation Showcase (12A) (Various, Poland, Various) 105min. Selection of shorts from Warsaw animation studio Platige Image, introduced by animator Damian Nenow and followed by a Q&A hosted by Richard Scott of Axis Animation. Filmhouse, Edinburgh. Position Among the Stars (12) (Leonard Retel Helmrich, Netherlands/Indonesia, 2011) 115min. Creative documentary following an Indonesian girl and her grandmother as they migrate from the countryside to live with the girl’s aunt in Jakarta. Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Glasgow Film Theatre. 22 Sep–20 Oct 2011 THE LIST 69