Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019

In addition to the longer features, there are also a number of short showcases (indicated after the film in italics)

  • Communicating Contact
  • Entangled Experience
  • Politics Of Place

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Vulture Vulture
Vulture and Body All Eyes
Altiplano (Country: Chile, Argentina, Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Malena Szlam), Trailer
Filmed in the Andean Mountains in the traditional lands of the Atacameño, Aymara, and Calchaquí-Diaguita in Northern Chile and Northwest Argentina, this short takes place within a geological universe of ancestral salt flats, volcanic deserts, and coloured lakes.
UK premiere. Communicating Contact
Body All Eyes (Country: Finland; Year: 2018; Director: Saara Ekström)
This 8mm split-screen film explores the symmetry in the shapes that take flight and the bodies that remain.
Scottish premiere. Entangled Experience
Churubusco Inventory (Country: Mexico; Year: 2019; Director: Elena Pardo)
The legendary lab of Churubusco Studios in Mexico City comes back to life in stop-motion animation.
UK premiere. Communicating Contact
Epoch (Country: Ireland; Year: 2018; Director: Kevin McLoughlin)
Animation of eye-in-the-sky commonality.
Politics Of Place
Home In E Major (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Tamar Rachkovsky; Stars: Elisabeth Jezierski, Tamar Rachkovsky, Li Zhen, Stuart Barr, Vera Gutkina)
Documentary about the filmmaker's own move from Jerusalem to Durham, North Carolina.
Past Perfect Past Perfect
Past Perfect and Home In E Major
It Has To Be Lived Once And Dreamed Twice (Country: Austria, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Rainer Kohlberger; Writer: Rainer Kohlberger; Stars: Annika Henderson, Annika Henderson)
Emerging from the debris of static and fractal noise, an emotionless overseer conveys the story of the sixth extinction from their post-human vantage point.
UK premiere. Politics Of Place
It Matters What (Country: Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Francisca Duran)
A textual and textural filmic manifesto combining extracts from Donna Haraway’s essay ‘Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene’ with in-camera animation.
UK premiere. Entangled Experience
Kleep Toowit, Klip Klip, Too-ow-wit (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Maria Anastassiou)
Birdwatching provides a critical space for thinking about marginal landscapes and shared spaces.
Scottish premiere. Politics Of Place
Las Breas (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Laura Kraning, Blue Kraning)
An observational portrait of three tar pits, of which there are only six in the world.
International premiere. Politics Of Place
Lumen (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Richard Ashrowan)
A silent exploration of light and gesture, finding the light, losing it, moments of exploration, hesitation and connection.
UK premiere. Communicating Contact
Mensch Maschine Or Putting Parts Together (Country: Austria; Year: 2018; Director: Adina Camhy)
A playful take on gendered technology and the mechanisation of society.
UK premiere. Communicating Contact
Not (A) Part (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Vicky Smith)
Dead bee parts found on walks around South West England are assembled and contact printed directly onto 16mm film, creating reanimated on-screen bodies.
Scottish premiere. Entangled Experience
Past Perfect (Country: Portugal; Year: 2019; Director: Jorge Jácome; Writer: Jorge Jácome, Pedro Penim)
Consideration of the political implications of nostalgia.
Scottish premiere. Politics Of Place
Philately (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Pam Minty)
A keenly perceived macro-photographic study of the dot-print artwork of postage stamps.
International premiere. Communicating Contact
Porquerolles (Country: France, Belgium, UK; Year: 2019; Director: Nicky Hamlyn)
Structural filmmaking exploring multiple framings of six stone blocks that lie in a field in the south of France.
UK premiere. Entangled Experience
Pwdre Ser: The Rot Of Stars (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Charlotte Pryce)
Pwdre ser is the Welsh name for the mythical substance star jelly, which has been observed since the 1400s. The film depicts an encounter with a mysterious, luminous, electrical substance.
UK premiere. Entangled Experience
Sir Bailey (Country: Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Matthew Ripplinger)
A portrait of the filmmaker's old friend suffering from bone cancer.
UK premiere. Entangled Experience
Starts Wednesday (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: David Leister)
Time seems to have stalled, as recovered 35mm strips of weekdays revolve disorderly in a carousel of past attractions.
International premiere. Communicating Contact
A Study of Fly (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu; Stars: Wen-Chu Yang, Zheng Fu)
A reflection on the relationship between insect, human, environment and the universe.
European premiere. Entangled Experience
Total Commitment (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Lars Koens)
A diver at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin is caught in mid-air across a triptych patterned by a series of tense sonic interrogations.
Scottish premiere. Communicating Contact
Unless You’re Living It (Country: Canada, US; Year: 2019; Director: Sarah Bliss)
The simultaneous vulnerability and endurance of a marginalised community is transferred on to this portrait of the quintessential post-industrial town of Mount Forest, Ontario.
UK premiere. Politics Of Place
Vulture (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Philip Hoffman)
Consideration of farm animals.
Water And Clearing (Country: Austria; Year: 2018; Director: Siegfried A Fruhauf)
An old bucket travels to fill a well.
UK premiere. Communicating Contact
Winter's First Moons (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Kathleen Rugh)
A companion piece to last year’s Summer’s Last Moons. Filmed over several nights and using multiple exposures and in-camera editing, Rugh creates a conversation between moons in different phases.
UK premiere. Entangled Experience
Wunderschein (Country: Germany, New Zealand; Year: 2019; Director: Guillaume Cailleau; Writer: Matteo Conti)
Documenting the production of euro banknotes.
World premiere. Communicating Contact
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