Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019

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Afronte (Country: Brazil; Year: 2017; Director: Bruno Victor, Marcus Azevedo)
A stirring portrait of Victor Hugo, the activist whose self-organised community brings together Afrofuturist thinking, radical identity politics and anti-colonialist activism to create a place of visibility and positivity for queer people of colour in Brazil.
Film is Resistance!
Altsasu (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Eoin Wilson)
In the Basque town of Altsasu, a mother copes with the Spanish state’s controversial and lengthy imprisonment of her son and six other young people.
Bridging the Gap
...And So We Start Again (Country: Japan, US; Year: 2019; Director: Ei Toshinari, Duy Nguyen; Stars: Motonori Toshinari, Mihoko Toshinari, Derek Miao, Marie Miao, Chloe Ao Miao, Tom Thom)
Sound and image overlap to delirious effect in this dreamlike meditation upon the transience of memory, and the slow drift of passing time.
Image is Memory
Anna At The Cemetery (Country: US, Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Eduardo Lucatero)
Why is Anna so obsessed with cemeteries?
Youth Shorts: Exploring Boundaries
Beside The Water, 1999-2004 (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Finn Paul)
An intensely powerful celebration of queer bodies and lives, and a rousing process of communal archiving that reclaims the stories and narratives of trans people that have been erased historically.
Film is Resistance!
A Black Hole Is A Black Hole In The Ground (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Sophia Feuer, Tyler Macri)
An intimate immersion into the sensorial landscapes of a disparate cohort of youngsters, whose playful explorations offer a portal into their strange, ephemeral realities.
Image is Memory
Blood (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Christos Kardana; Stars: Sonny Hardy, Trevor White, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Katie Brayben)
A teenage boxing prodigy, torn between his feelings and fierce family loyalties, has a panic attack minutes before his big fight.
Youth Shorts: Exploring Boundaries
By A Hair (Country: France; Year: 2018; Director: Yvonnick Muller, Lauriane Escaffre; Stars: Gregory Gadebois, Madeleine Baudot, Brigitte Mauger)
In three days, Elodie is sitting an exam to get her beauty therapy diploma. Her father, Christophe, a butcher, would like more help from his daughter in the butcher shop. For now, Elodie has another problem: she must find a model – a model with hair – to pass her exam.
Youth Shorts: Exploring Boundaries
Fucked Like A Star (Country: US, Haiti; Year: 2018; Director: Stefani Saintonge)
A meditation upon female-centred labour activities and the frequently unseen or undervalued nature of such toils. Set to the potent words of Toni Morrison, Saintonge implores us to look beneath the surface and to celebrate the narratives hidden therein.
Film is Resistance!
Hydebank (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Ross McClean)
Situated in South Belfast, Hydebank Wood houses 94 young male offenders. Ryan is currently serving a 10-year sentence and has formed an unlikely bond with a flock of sheep currently living inside the prison walls.
Bridging the Gap
Jupiter (Country: Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Benjamin Pfohl; Stars: Greta Bohacek, Cosima Shaw, Kai Ivo Baulitz)
As a comet threatens Earth, a shy teenage girl has to make a decision. Should she pursue her own path on Earth or follow her parents, members of a cosmic cult, in undergoing a fatal procedure that will lead to a higher existence on Jupiter?
Youth Shorts: Exploring Boundaries
KG (Country: Greece; Year: 2018; Director: Cynthia Madansky)
A performative inhabitation of the empty, scarred streets of Athens, harnessing radical political energies both contemporary and historical. Accompanied by the remarkable improvisations of musician Zeena Parkins.
Film is Resistance!
Monument (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Tom Chick; Stars: Peter Jewell, Denna Cartamkhoob, Bruno Cartamkhoob Chick)
A tapestry of beautifully observed images and fragments of sound. Everyday moments are presented as both delicate and precious, and a parallel is drawn between the wonder at the advent of early cinema and the birth of a child.
Image is Memory
My Name Is Anik (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Bircan Birol)
How many stories can one language hold? A Kurdish grandmother and her granddaughter set off on a journey to reclaim their once-banned mother tongue.
Bridging the Gap
Nefta Football Club (Country: France; Year: 2018; Director: Yves Piat; Stars: Eltayef Dhaoui, Mohamed Ali Ayari, Lyes Salem, Hichem Mesbah)
In the south of Tunisia, two football-fan brothers bump into a donkey lost in the middle of the desert on the border of Algeria. Strangely, the animal wears headphones over its ears.
Youth Shorts: Exploring Boundaries
Pirate Boys (Country: Germany; Year: 2018; Director: Pol Merchan; Stars: Del LaGrace Volcano, Eric Llaveria, Henri Steeg)
The queer traces within the writing of Kathy Acker provide a framework through which to revel in the subversive and empowering act of gender experimentation.
Film is Resistance!
The Sea Runs Thru My Veins (Country: Germany, France, Greece, Portugal; Year: 2018; Director: Zara Zandieh; Stars: Llanquiray Valioska Painemal Morales, Sabuha Salam, Amir Zandieh, Neomi Ilan)
The concept of personal happiness is explored through the oral testimonies of four individuals, whose journeys navigate and intersect migrant, political and queer narratives.
Film is Resistance!
Second Generation (Country: Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Miryam Charles; Stars: Thuy Hang Duong, Eliza Bonnel)
The structural power of language and the continued reverberations of colonialism are inferred through a series of typewritten letters between parted lovers.
Image is Memory
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Hannah Currie)
Can Lindsay's love for husband Paul sustain her through the trauma of his brain injury, which leaves him in a perpetual loop of joke telling?
Bridging the Gap
Vertical Shapes In A Horizontal Landscape (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Mark Jenkin)
Vignettes from a Super 8 road trip to Derek Jarman’s cottage in Dungeness. The resonant elements uncovered in the landscape offered in celebration of Jarman’s fiercely independent creative vision.
Image is Memory
Vivir Bailando (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Inma de Reyes)
When Cari (79) became a widow, she lost both the love of her life and her dancing companion. But she is a phenomenal woman who bounces back with wit, make-up and music. On meeting Vicente (80) she gets a second chance at teenage love, even if it means living in isolation.
Bridging the Gap
Winter Bees (Country: Austria, Japan; Year: 2018; Director: Josephine Ahnelt)
Cinema as self-reflection. A disorientating year spent in a faraway place is charted, reflected upon and elucidated through the process of image-making.
Image is Memory
Yulia & Juliet (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2018; Director: Zara Dwinger; Stars: Sara Luna Zoric, Dylan Jongejans, Dionne Verwey, Agnes Montecinos Muñoz)
Yulia and Juliet, both 16, are locked up in a closed juvenile detention centre. Despite their circumstances, they feel like they can take on anything together. They’re in love. Nothing can hurt them when they’re together.
Youth Shorts: Exploring Boundaries
Zero (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: The brothers Lynch; Stars: Bella Ramsey, Nigel O’Niell, Danny Shooter, James Oliver Wheatley)
After a mysterious electromagnetic pulse renders the world’s technology useless, a young girl finds herself isolated and alone with only her father’s strict set of rules to keep her alive.
Youth Shorts: Exploring Boundaries

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