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(24 June -5 July) The Edinburgh International Film Festival was inaugurated in 1947 and is the world’s longest continually-running film festival. Postponed from its usual June slot due to the global health crisis, the festival has curated this 'digital edition' to introduce UK audiences to the breadth of programming the festival is renowned for. The festival began life as the International Festival of Documentary Films and was opened by John Grierson, founder of the British Documentary movement and since its inception has pioneered retrospective programming as well as being at the forefront of introducing Scottish filmmaking talent to the rest of the world. With an emphasis on new talent, discovery and innovation, now is your chance to get familiar with a selection of films to fill the void, mark the occasion and whet the appetite for the glorious day cinemas are open once more. - Rod White (Director of Programming, EIFF 2020)
Once hailed by Truffaut to be “the most important film director alive”, we look back at the various career of cinema legend Werner Herzog. Discover his Klaus Kinski classics like 'Fitzcarraldo' and 'Aguirre', the bizarre but masterful remake of Abel Ferrara’s 'Bad Lieutenant', and now his latest stranger-than-fiction docu-drama about the rent-a-family phenomenon in Japan, 'Family Romance' (with a free preview on 3 July exclusively for our cinema members).
As the UK’s only cinema dedicated to showing documentaries all year round, the Bertha DocHouse team is passionate about connecting people with the very best in non-fiction filmmaking. So we’re thrilled to have been invited as an independent cinema to shine a curatorial light on these excellent documentaries on Curzon Home Cinema. Whether it’s the left-field humour of Corneliu Porumboiu’s deliciously sardonic Infinite Football or breathtaking films like Midnight Family, these are all documentaries that our team loves. We hope you enjoy them too! Head to our website, if you’d like to see all of DocHouse’s latest online and offline non-fiction recommendations.
This year’s edition of 'Canada Now' features another bold and diverse selection of the finest fiction and documentary features coming out of the Great White North, hosted over the summer months on Curzon Home Cinema with a selection of live filmmaker Q&As. Opening with 'Guest of Honour' –– the latest offering from veteran filmmaker Atom Egoyan, starring David Thewlis as a troubled restaurant inspector –– the festival remains committed to showcasing bold new works from emerging directors such as Kazik Radwanski, who’s audacious feature 'Anne At 13,000 FT' features an electric lead performance from Deragh Campbell, and the stunning social media deception drama 'White Lie' from directorial duo Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas. Yung Chang’s 'This Is Not A Movie' is a pertinent portrait of the journalist Robert Fisk, while Louise Archambault’s 'And The Birds Rained Down' is a beautiful, meditative drama from the bucolic forests of Quebec. We round this year’s programme out with Zacharias Kunuk latest feature 'One Day In The Life Of Nah Piugattuk' –– a quietly riveting tale set in 1961 on the far northern Baffin Island, drawn from the historical reality of the attempted forced relocation and cultural assimilation of Canada’s Inuit Indigenous peoples.
Digitally restored by the Cohen Film Collection, these three classics from Buster Keaton, an early pioneer of cinema are some of the best examples of his mastery in silent film. Known for his physical comedy combined with a stoic deadpan expression he performed all his own stunts, often at great personal risk, and his influence and legacy has been celebrated by many of Hollywood’s film community who recognise a magical performer when they see one. 'Sherlock Jr.', 'Steamboat Bill Jr.' and 'The General' are considered three of the most enduring silent comedies and illustrate why Buster Keaton deserves to be celebrated as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.
Discover our pick of Icelandic cinema, including the brand new film from Grímur Hákonarson, The County in which one woman takes on the establishment in her fight against corruption and injustice.
Women Make Film: A Road Movie Through Cinema follows in the footsteps of Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: An Odyssey, to give us a guided tour of the art and craft of the movies. This epic, five years in the making, is made up of forty “chapters” narrated by Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Sharmila Tagore, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton and Debra Winger.
The Cohen Collection presented on Curzon Home Cinema bring together archival treasures of handpicked vintage and contemporary classics. In this introductory collection, you can discover noir masterpieces, iconic musicians and a documentary about cinema. Each film in this collection has undergone an extensive digital restoration ensuring they will be enjoyed by generations to come. In addition to their historic significance, these movies feature stories that entertain, universal themes that resonate and craftsmanship that continues to inspire today’s leading filmmakers
Upholding their devotion to literary adaptation of the finest kind, the films of Merchant Ivory are the fruit of a rich and unparalleled partnership between three great artists across four decades and three continents , that of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Following their own unique path in a spirit of true independence they have defined a cinema of consummate quality and intelligence with their award-winning work. The Merchant Ivory Collection presented here is part of the lifetime work of CEO and founder of the Cohen Media Group, Charles S. Cohen. Mr Cohen was responsible for acquiring the collection and all the films have undergone 2K or 4K restorations as part of the group’s commitment to the preservation of films that ‘have universal appeal and timeless stories’.
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