Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019

by Col Needham | created - 8 months ago | updated - 3 days ago | Public

Here are the films I have seen from The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019. This list is fed from my Edinburgh International Film Festival Interest List 2019.

I saw #1 to #10 before the festival and #11 to #27 at the festival itself.

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1. This Changes Everything (2018)

96 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Heather Graham, Natalie Portman, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 260

Originally seen at TIFF

2. Photograph (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A struggling street photographer in Mumbai, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develop a connection that transforms them in ways they could not expect.

Director: Ritesh Batra | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Sachin Khedekar, Denzil Smith

Votes: 2,873 | Gross: $0.34M

Originally seen at Sundance

3. Top End Wedding (2019)

TV-14 | 113 min | Comedy, Romance

Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Brooklyn Doomadgee, Helena Johnson, Dan Collins, Antonio Tipiloura

Votes: 838

Originally seen at Sundance

4. Them That Follow (2019)

R | 98 min | Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, a pastor's daughter holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.

Directors: Britt Poulton, Dan Madison Savage | Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Colman, Walton Goggins, Lewis Pullman

Votes: 1,659 | Gross: $0.16M

Originally seen at Sundance

5. The Sound of Silence (I) (2019)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A successful "house tuner" in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people's homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can't solve.

Director: Michael Tyburski | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori, Austin Pendleton

Votes: 606

Originally seen at Sundance

6. The Souvenir (2019)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

91 Metascore

A young film student in the early '80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Director: Joanna Hogg | Stars: Neil Young, Tosin Cole, Jack McMullen, Frankie Wilson

Votes: 5,992 | Gross: $1.04M

Originally seen at Sundance

7. Bait (I) (2019)

89 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Martin is a fisherman without a boat, his brother Steven having re-purposed it as a tourist tripper. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the harbour.

Director: Mark Jenkin | Stars: Edward Rowe, Mary Woodvine, Simon Shepherd, Giles King

Votes: 1,719

Seen at a private screening

8. The Dead Don't Die (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

53 Metascore

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 36,862 | Gross: $6.56M

Originally seen at Cannes

9. Brightburn (2019)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

44 Metascore

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

Director: David Yarovesky | Stars: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Abraham Clinkscales

Votes: 61,523 | Gross: $17.30M

Seen on general release after the festival premiere

10. Toy Story 4 (2019)

G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

84 Metascore

When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

Director: Josh Cooley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale

Votes: 156,773 | Gross: $433.03M

Seen on general release after the festival premiere

11. I See You (II) (2019)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

65 Metascore

Strange occurrences plague a small town detective and his family as he investigates the disappearance of a young boy.

Director: Adam Randall | Stars: Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague

Votes: 4,502

12. Bittersweet Symphony (2019)

80 min | Drama

Iris Evans (Suki Waterhouse) stars as a musician who has just completed her first soundtrack to a Hollywood feature and who finds her personal life getting complicated.

Director: Jamie Adams | Stars: Suki Waterhouse, Jennifer Grey, Poppy Delevingne, Keiron Self

Votes: 103

13. Balance, Not Symmetry (2019)

87 min | Drama

An American student who is living a privileged existence at Glasgow School of Art when her father unexpectedly dies. Consumed with her loss, she finds herself re-examining both her life and inner circle.

Director: Jamie Adams | Stars: Laura Harrier, Bria Vinaite, Kate Dickie, Tamsin Egerton

Votes: 94

14. The Black Forest (2019)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

Two families go on holiday together to Europe. Whilst the children enjoy their new found freedom, little secrets start to unravel from within the quartet of adults, sparking conflict.

Director: Ruth Platt | Stars: Robert Hands, Hattie Ladbury, Aleksandar Mikic, Sirine Saba

Votes: 17

15. Schemers (2019)

91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Based on events surrounding heavy metal band, Iron Maiden's concert in Dundee, Scotland 1979/1980; SCHEMERS deals with the youth culture of the day and the dangerous business of music promotion.

Director: Dave Mclean | Stars: Conor Berry, Sean Connor, Grant Robert Keelan, Tara Lee

Votes: 42

16. Skin (V) (2018)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall, Bill Camp

Votes: 13,658

17. Astronaut (2019)

97 min | Drama

55 Metascore

A lonely widower battles his family, ill health and time to win a competition for a golden ticket to space.

Director: Shelagh McLeod | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Lyriq Bent, Krista Bridges, Colm Feore

Votes: 278

19. Carmilla (2019)

94 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

An atmospheric, coming-of-age love story steeped in eerie mystery and inspired by the gothic novel of the same name.

Director: Emily Harris | Stars: Tobias Menzies, Jessica Raine, Greg Wise, Hannah Rae

Votes: 59

20. Hurt by Paradise (2019)

83 min | Drama

A film about a poet and a girl with big hair. Together they find friendship as the possibility of their dreams dwindles.

Director: Greta Bellamacina | Stars: Greta Bellamacina, Sadie Brown, Nicholas Rowe, Natalie Hand

Votes: 12

21. Emma Peeters (2018)

90 min | Comedy

After 10 years of struggle in Paris, Emma Peeters has to face the facts: she will never be an actress. She decides to commit suicide on her 35th birthday. That is when she meets Alex, a funeral home employee.

Director: Nicole Palo | Stars: Monia Chokri, Fabrice Adde, Stéphanie Crayencour, Andréa Ferréol

Votes: 164

23. Alice (II) (2019)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

She did everything right, until it all went wrong.

Director: Josephine Mackerras | Stars: Emilie Piponnier, Martin Swabey, Chloé Boreham, Jules Milo Levy Mackerras

Votes: 145

24. Stockholm (I) (2018)

R | 92 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

54 Metascore

Based on the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the 'Stockholm Syndrome'.

Director: Robert Budreau | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong, Christopher Heyerdahl

Votes: 7,313 | Gross: $0.30M

25. Driven (I) (2018)

R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

Intense thriller where politics, big business and narcotics collide.

Director: Nick Hamm | Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, Isabel Arraiza

Votes: 3,310

26. Firecrackers (2018)

TV-MA | 93 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A teenage girl and her friend run into problems when they plan to leave town.

Director: Jasmin Mozaffari | Stars: Michaela Kurimsky, Karena Evans, Callum Thompson, David Kingston

Votes: 409

27. Mrs Lowry & Son (2019)

Not Rated | 91 min | Biography, Drama, History

42 Metascore

A portrait of the artist L.S. Lowry and the relationship with his mother, who tries to dissuade him from pursuing his passion.

Director: Adrian Noble | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall, Stephen Lord, David Schaal

Votes: 750

28. What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018)

98 min | Documentary, Biography

69 Metascore

A portrait of the work and life of controversial film critic Pauline Kael, and her battle to achieve success and influence in the 20th century movie business.

Director: Rob Garver | Stars: Woody Allen, Lili Anolik, Alec Baldwin, Carol Baum

Votes: 200

29. Never Look Away (2018)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Romance

68 Metascore

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl

Votes: 10,514 | Gross: $1.30M

30. Gwen (II) (2018)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, History, Mystery

63 Metascore

An atmospheric arthouse folk tale set in the hills of Wales during the industrial revolution.

Director: William McGregor | Stars: Richard Harrington, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Maxine Peake, Mark Lewis Jones

Votes: 2,361

31. The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.

Director: John Chester | Stars: John Chester, Molly Chester, Matthew Pilachowski

Votes: 3,064 | Gross: $4.37M

32. 2040 (2019)

92 min | Documentary, History, News

Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker's daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.

Director: Damon Gameau | Stars: Damon Gameau, Eva Lazzaro, Zoë Gameau, Davini Malcolm

Votes: 415

33. The Vast of Night (2019)

PG-13 | 89 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

Director: Andrew Patterson | Stars: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer, Bruce Davis

Votes: 200

34. The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself from future threats.

Director: Riley Stearns | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, Steve Terada

Votes: 18,132 | Gross: $2.41M

35. Yesterday (III) (2019)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

55 Metascore

A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Sophia Di Martino, Ellise Chappell

Votes: 78,266 | Gross: $73.29M

36. Strange But True (2019)

PG-13 | 96 min | Thriller

56 Metascore

A woman surprises the family of her deceased boyfriend by telling them she's pregnant with his child.

Director: Rowan Athale | Stars: Nick Robinson, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Brian Cox

Votes: 1,481

37. Farming (2018)

R | 101 min | Drama

51 Metascore

Based on the writer/director's childhood, FARMING tells story of a young Nigerian boy, 'farmed out' by his parents to a white British family in the hope of a better future. Instead, he becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.

Director: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kate Beckinsale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Damson Idris

Votes: 570



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