Edinburgh International Film Festival 2005

The EIFF programme says: "New, bold innovative voices from all over the world. Rosebud is our invitation to you to share the rush of discovery. These are your favourite films by your favourite directors; you just don't know them yet."

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4 and Fourteen Sucks
4 (Chetyre) (Country: Russia; Year: 2004; Director: Ilya Khrzhanovsky; Writer: Vladimir Sorokin; Stars: Marina Vovchenko, Irina Vovchenko, Svetlana Vovchenko, Sergei Shnurov, Yuri Laguta, Konstantin Murzenko, Alexei Khvostenko)
An enigmatic story of modern Russia, given the flavour of myth.
UK Premiere
Angel's Fall (Melegin Dususu) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2005; Director: Semih Kaplanoglu; Writer: Semih Kaplanoglu; Stars: Tulin Ozen, Budak Akalin, Musa Karagöz, Engin Dogan, Yesim Ceren Bozoglu, Özlem Turhal, Can Kolukisa)
A young woman tries to break free from life with her father.
UK Premiere
Astronauts (Astronautas) (Country: Spain; Year: 2004; Director: Santi Amodeo; Writer: Santi Amodeo; Stars: Nancho Novo, Teresa Hurtado De Ory, Alex O'Dogherty, Manolo Solo, Juan Motilla, Jons Pappila)
Acid comedy about a junkie trying to clean up.
UK Premiere
Battle In Heaven (Batalla En El Cielo) (Country: Mexico/France/Germany/Belgium; Year: 2005; Director: Carlos Reygadas; Writer: Carlos Reygadas; Stars: Marcos Hernandez, Anapola Mushkadiz, Berta Ruiz, David Bornstien, Rosilanda Ramirez)
An ugly taxi driver and the prostitute daughter of a general go at it and at it and (yawn).
UK Premiere
Bride Of Silence (Hat Mua Roi Bao Lau) (Country: Germany, Vietnam; Year: 2005; Director: Minh Phuong Doan, Thanh Nghia Doan; Writer: Minh Phuong Doan; Stars: Truong Ngoc Anh, Nguyen manh Thang, Truong huu Quy, Tran Minh Thanh, Trinh mai Anh, Nhu Quynh Nguyen, Ngo Thanh Binh, , , , )
A woman becomes ostracised from her village after bearing a son out of wedlock.
UK Premiere
The Puffy Chair The Puffy Chair
The Puffy Chair and Junebug
The Cat Leaves Home (Inuneko, Inu-Neko) (Country: Japan; Year: 2004; Director: Nami Iguchi; Writer: Nami Iguchi; Stars: Kanako Enomoto, Yoko Fujita, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Shugo Oshinari, )
Two girls fight over men.
UK Premiere
Fourteen Sucks (Fjorton Suger) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2004; Director: Filippa Freijd, Martin Jern, Emil Larsson, Henrik Norrthon; Writer: Martin Jern; Stars: Elin Ahlberg, Jorgen Duberg, Emily Nilsson, Thea Klitte, Thomas Hesslow, Simon Lindell)
A teenage rites-of-passage that does not flinch at sexual violation.
UK Premiere
Frankie (Country: France; Year: 2005; Director: Fabienne Berthaud; Writer: Fabienne Berthaud; Stars: Diane Kruger, Jeanick Gravelines, Christian Wiggert, J Alexander, Brigitte Catillon, Gerald Marie, Jean Louis Place, Claude Jean Girard, Sylvia Hoecks, Alexander Schwab)
A fashion model crumbles beneath the incessant pressure of an ugly industry.
UK Premiere
Gamblers (Les Mauvais Joueurs) (Country: France; Year: 2005; Director: Frédéric Balekdjian; Writer: Frédéric Balekdjian; Stars: Pascal Elbe, Simon Abkarian, Isaac Sharry, Linh Dan Pham, Teng Fei Xiang )
Card sharks on the streets of Paris.
UK Premiere
Iron Island (Jazireh Ahani) (Country: Iran; Year: 2005; Director: Mohammad Rasoulof; Writer: Mohammad Rasoulof; Stars: Ali Nasirian, Hossein Farzi-Zadeh, Neda Pakdaman)
A society of people live on a derelict oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. Are they being misled?
UK Premiere
Frankie Frankie
Frankie and Les Yeux Clairs
Junebug (Country: US; Year: 2004; Director: Phil Morrison; Writer: Angus MacLachlan; Stars: Amy Adams, Embeth Davidtz, Ben McKenzie, Alessandro Nivola, Celia Weston, Scott Wilson, Frank Hoyt Taylor)
Love and understanding are tested in a Southern comedy-romance-tragedy.
UK Premiere
Letter From An Unknown Woman (Country: USA; Year: 1948; Director: Max Ophuls; Writer: Howard Koch, Max Ophüls, Stefan Zweig; Stars: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet, Art Smith, Carol Yorke, Howard Freeman, John Good, Leo B. Pessin, Erskine Sanford, Otto Waldis)
A woman falls for her neighbour and maintains her unrequited love down the years.
UK Premiere
Mars (Country: Russia; Year: 2005; Director: Anna Melikyan; Writer: Anna Melikyan; Stars: Gosha Kutsenko, Nana Kiknadze, Artur Smolianinov)
A washed up boxer finds himself in a surreal backwater in Russia and falls for the local librarian.
UK Premiere
The Magician (Country: Australia; Year: 2005; Director: Scott Ryan; Writer: Scott Ryan; Stars: Scott Ryan, Massimiliano Andrighetto, Ben Walker, Kane Mason, Nathaniel Lindsay, Adam Ryan)
Documentary filmmaker follows a Melbourne thug about his business.
International Premiere
Morke (Murk, Mørke) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2005; Director: Jannik Johansen; Writer: Jannik Johansen, Anders Thomas Jensen; Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Nicolas Bro, Laerke Winther Andersen, Lotte Bergstrom, Laura Drasbaek, Anne Sophie Byder)
Danish mystery about serial suicides.
UK Premiere
The Magician The Magician
The Magician and Police Beat
The Moustache (La Moustache) (Country: France; Year: 2005; Director: Emmanuel Carrère; Writer: Jérôme Beaujour, Emmanuel Carrère, Emmanuel Carrère; Stars: Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric, Hippolyte Girardot, Cylia Malki, Macha Polikarpova, Fantine Camus, Frédéric Imberty, Brigitte Bémol, Denis Menochet, Franck Richard)
A man finds himself questioning reality after shaving off his moustache.
UK Premiere
The Murmuring Coast (A Costa dos Murmúrios) (Country: Portugal; Year: 2004; Director: Margarida Cardoso; Writer: Cedric Basso, Margarida Cardoso, Lídia Jorge; Stars: Beatriz Batarda, Filipe Duarte, Monica Calle, Adriano Luz, Luís Sarmento, João Ricardo, Dinarte Branco, Sandra Faleiro, Bia Gomes, Fernando Luís, Carlos Pimenta)
A woman moves to the Portugese colony of Mozambique in the 1960s to marry, only to find that it is tantamount to a prison sentence.
UK Premiere
Nordeste (Air) (Country: Argentina, France, Spain, Belgium; Year: 2005; Director: Juan Diego Solanas; Writer: Eduardo Berti, Juan Diego Solanas; Stars: Carole Bouquet, Aymará Rovera, Mercedes Sampietro, Ignacio Jiménez, Emilio Bardi, Juan Pablo Domenech, Jorge Román, Rodrigo Alejandro Hornos, Esteban Luis Gonzáles, Mario Marcelo Reinoso, Daniel Valenzuela)
A Frenchwoman travels to Argentina, looking for a baby to adopt.
UK Premiere
One Long Winter Without Fire (Tout un hiver sans feu) (Country: Switzerland/Belgium; Year: 2004; Director: Greg Zglinski; Writer: Pierre-Pascal Rossi; Stars: Aurélien Recoing, Marie Matheron, Gabriela Muskala, Blerim Gjoci, Nathalie Boulin, Antonio Buíl, Gilles Tschudi, Michel Voïta)
A beautifully composed tale about redemption and coping with loss.
UK Premiere
Police Beat (Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Robinson Devor; Writer: Robinson Devor, Charles Mudede; Stars: Pape Sidy Niang, Anna Oxygen, Eric Breedlove, Sarah Harlett, Elijah Geiger)
The life of a Seattle cop, who worries more about his personal life than city crime.
International Premiere
Angel's Fall Angel's Fall
Angel's Fall and Gamblers
The Puffy Chair (Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Jay Duplass; Writer: Mark Duplass; Stars: Mark Duplass, Kathryn Aselton, Rhett Wilkins, Julie Fischer, Bari Hyman, Gerald Finnegan, Larry Duplass, Cindy Duplass, Henry Barendse, David Parsons, Jose Manuel Alvarado)
Surprisingly real road trip movie about a quest to find a piece of furniture.
International Premiere
Radiant (Country: US; Year: 2005; Director: Steve Mahone; Writer: Steve Mahone; Stars: James Cable, Jim Covaultg, Sandy Fish, Jeremy Schwartz, Matthew Tompkins, Laurel Whitsett)
A new vaccine creates a deadly virus.
International Premiere
The Spectator (La Spettatrice) (Country: Italy; Year: 2004; Director: Paolo Franchi; Writer: Heidrun Schleef, Rinaldo Rocco, Daniela Ceselli, Diego Ribon, Paolo Franchi; Stars: Barbora Bobulova, Andrea Renzi, Brigitte Catillon, Chiara Picchi, Matteo Mussoni, Giorgio Podo, Carlotta Centanni, Cesare Cremonini, Natascia Macchniz, Giorgio Marchesi, Raffaele Fallica)
An lonely interpreter becomes obssessed with watching the man who lives across the street from her.
UK Premiere
The Wedding (Wesele) (Country: Poland; Year: 2004; Director: Wojciech Smarzowski; Writer: Wojciech Smarzowski; Stars: Marian Dziedziel, Tamara Arciuch, Pawel Wilczak, Iwona Bielska, Lech Dyblik, Andrzej Beja-Zaborski, Pawel Gedlek, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Bartlomiej Topa)
A wedding reception where everyone has a secret descends into dark farce.
UK Premiere
Weekdays (Wochentage) (Country: Germany; Year: 2005; Director: Carsten Gebhardt; Writer: Carsten Gebhardt; Stars: Zoe Naumann, Peter Moltzen, Peter Kurth, Marko Dyrlich, Alexander Hochst, Marcel Klose, Barbara Ansorg, Carola Sigg)
An unknown woman goes about her daily life - clubbing, fucking and lunch with grandma.
World Premiere
One Long Winter Without Fire One Long Winter Without Fire
One Long Winter Without Fire and Weekdays
Les Yeux Clairs (Pale Eyes) (Country: France; Year: 2005; Director: Jérôme Bonnell; Writer: Jérôme Bonnell; Stars: Nathalie Boutefeu, Marc Citti, Judith Rémy, Lars Rudolph, Olivier Rabourdin, Paulette Dubost, Eric Bonicatto, Grégory Gadebois, Galatéa Bellugi, Benjamin Egner, Agathe Dronne)
Well-acted drama about a sheltered bipolar girl who inadvertantly goes on a road-trip.
UK Premiere
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