Edinburgh International Film Festival Interest List 2019

by Col Needham | created - 2 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Here are the films which I am most excited about seeing at The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019. The list is in alphabetical order by English title.

The ones I see will be moved to my Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 List.

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1. Boyz in the Wood (2019)

87 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

72 Metascore

Set deep in the Scottish Highlands, Boyz In The Wood is an anarchic cocktail of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers, and hallucinogenic rabbit shites.

Director: Ninian Doff | Stars: Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickie, James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie

Votes: 86

2. Acute Misfortune (2018)

90 min | Biography

The Film adaptation of Erik Jensen's award-winning biography of Adam Cullen is the story of the biographer and his subject, as it descends into a dependent and abusive relationship.

Director: Thomas M. Wright | Stars: Daniel Henshall, Toby Wallace, Gillian Jones, Geneviève Lemon

Votes: 60

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3. Aleksi (2018)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Aleksi is a disaffected 28-year-old who ignores her pressing responsibilities by following her impulses with various men.

Director: Barbara Vekaric | Stars: Tihana Lazovic, Goran Markovic, Leon Lucev, Sebastian Cavazza

Votes: 413

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4. Aniara (2018)

R | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.

Directors: Pella Kagerman, Hugo Lilja | Stars: Emelie Jonsson, Bianca Cruzeiro, Arvin Kananian, Anneli Martini

Votes: 1,052 | Gross: $0.04M

5. The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

A man is attacked at random on the street. He enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

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

Votes: 2,320 | Gross: $2.41M

6. Aurora (I) (2019)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Aurora, a commitment-phobic party animal, meets Iranian Darian one night at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. Darian is running from death and Aurora is running from love. They need each other in order to finally stop running.

Director: Miia Tervo | Stars: Mimosa Willamo, Amir Escandari, Oona Airola, Hannu-Pekka Björkman

Votes: 253

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7. Before You Know It (2019)

98 min | Comedy

A pair of sisters find out that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera.

Director: Hannah Pearl Utt | Stars: Linda Arroz, Alec Baldwin, Ben Becher, Blake Berris

Votes: 85

8. The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

74 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: 970 | Gross: $4.34M

9. Bodies at Rest (2019)

94 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Working in the morgue, a hardworking forensics expert and his assistant are suddenly accosted by masked intruders who demand access to a body involved in a recent crime.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Nick Cheung, Richie Jen, Zi Yang, Carlos Chan

Votes: 60

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10. Bulbul Can Sing (2018)

95 min | Drama

Bulbul a teenage school going girl, growing up in a rural setting in Assam, falls in love. While she is in the verge of discovering her teen life, a tragedy strikes with her best friend. ... See full summary »

Director: Rima Das | Stars: Pakija Begam, Arnali Das, Manabendra Das, Manoranjan Das

Votes: 70

11. Chippa (2019)

Drama

On the eve of his tenth birthday, when Chippa receives a letter for his long-absent father, he decides to leave his pavement abode to find out more.

Director: Safdar Rahman | Stars: Shayan Ahmed, Masood Akhtar, Syed Aiman Ali, Aamir Anjum

12. The Deposit (2019)

90 min | Drama

Self-interest is at stake, and the fine line between kindness and cruelty is explored in Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir's graceful debut. Gisella dreams about writing important things, genuine ... See full summary »

Director: Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir | Stars: Elma Lísa Gunnarsdóttir, Enid Mbabazi, Raffaella Brizuela Sigurðardóttir, Claire Harpa Kristinsdóttir

Votes: 25

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13. Cronofobia (2018)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

A mysterious lonely man and a young rebel woman, confront each other in a psychological drama about suspended identity.

Director: Francesco Rizzi | Stars: Vinicio Marchioni, Sabine Timoteo, Leonardo Nigro, Giorgia Salari

Votes: 65

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14. The Emperor of Paris (2018)

TV-MA | 120 min | Adventure, Crime, History

Under the reign of Napoleon, François Vidocq, the only man who escaped from the greatest penal colony of the country, is a legend of the low-Parisian fund. Left for dead after his last ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-François Richet | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Patrick Chesnais, August Diehl, Olga Kurylenko

Votes: 1,724

15. End of Sentence (2019)

Drama

After being widowed, Frank Fogle reluctantly embarks on a journey to honor his wife's last wish of spreading her ashes in a remote lake in her native Ireland and a promise of taking his ... See full summary »

Director: Elfar Adalsteins | Stars: John Hawkes, Logan Lerman, Sarah Bolger, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

Votes: 14

16. The Fall of the American Empire (2018)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hide them in his truck. As if an interrogation of two... See full summary »

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Maxim Roy, Maripier Morin, Juliette Gosselin, Éric Bruneau

Votes: 1,004 | Gross: $2.18M

17. Farming (2018)

R | 101 min | Drama

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

Votes: 86

18. The Flip Side (2018)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

Mired in debt, Ronnie (Emily Taheny) is a struggling Adelaide restaurateur looking after her elderly mother and living with good-hearted boyfriend Jeff (Luke McKenzie). Five years ago, ... See full summary »

Director: Marion Pilowsky | Stars: Eddie Izzard, Hugh Sheridan, Vanessa Guide, Tina Bursill

Votes: 87

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19. Go Back to China (2019)

95 min | Drama

56 Metascore

When spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through most of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business.

Director: Emily Ting | Stars: Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, Kelly Hu

Votes: 66

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20. God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunija (2019)

100 min | Drama

49 Metascore

A Macedonian woman throws herself into a traditionally men-only ceremony, kicking up a ruckus and standing her ground.

Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska | Stars: Zorica Nusheva, Labina Mitevska, Stefan Vujisic, Suad Begovski

Votes: 450

21. The Grizzlies (2018)

102 min | Biography, Drama

In a small Arctic town struggling with the highest suicide rate in North America, a group of Inuit students' lives are transformed when they are introduced to the sport of lacrosse.

Director: Miranda de Pencier | Stars: Jack Anawak, Fred Bailey, Seth Burke, Mary Buscemi

Votes: 228

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22. Gwen (II) (2018)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, History, Horror

63 Metascore

A dark folk tale set in the hills of Wales during the industrial revolution.

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

Votes: 457

24. Liberté (2019)

132 min | History

1774, a few years before the French Revolution, somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin... Madame de Dumeval, the Duke of Tesis and the Duke of Wand, libertines expelled from the Puritan court... See full summary »

Director: Albert Serra | Stars: Helmut Berger, Francesc Daranas, Catalin Jugravu, Theodora Marcadé

Votes: 55

25. Love Type D (2019)

95 min | Comedy

A woman who has been dumped eleven times in a row, discovers (to her dismay) that she has a loser in love gene.

Director: Sasha Collington | Stars: Natacha Basset, Lucy Bayler, Tim Berrington, Dominic Boyle

Votes: 20

26. Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019)

95 min | Documentary

The untold origin story behind Ridley Scott's Alien - rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O'Bannon and H.R. ... See full summary »

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe | Stars: Bijan Aalam, Tim Boxell, Axelle Carolyn, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 129

27. The Mystery of Henri Pick (2019)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

An editor discovers a novel that she considers to be a masterpiece, in a library whose particularity is to collect the manuscripts refused by the publishers. The text is signed Henri Pick, a Breton pizza maker who died two years earlier.

Director: Rémi Bezançon | Stars: Fabrice Luchini, Camille Cottin, Alice Isaaz, Bastien Bouillon

Votes: 691

28. Ode to Joy (2019)

R | 97 min | Comedy

38 Metascore

Charlie has a neurological disorder so strong emotions, especially joy, make him faint. He lives with his brother. Working as librarian gives him a quiet environment but then Francesca enters the library and his life.

Director: Jason Winer | Stars: Morena Baccarin, Jake Lacy, Melissa Rauch, Martin Freeman

Votes: 468 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Robert the Bruce (2019)

124 min | History

The story of nobleman-turned-outlaw hero who was crowned king of Scots in the 14th century.

Director: Richard Gray | Stars: Gabriel Bateman, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Macaulay Callard, Mhairi Calvey

Votes: 453

30. She's Missing (2019)

100 min | Drama

When her best friend goes missing at a rodeo, Heidi goes on a search across the desert, digging up secrets and encountering the violence of life on the road.

Director: Alexandra McGuinness | Stars: Lucy Fry, Eiza González, Christian Camargo, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 124

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31. Sons of Denmark (2019)

120 min | Drama, Thriller

Denmark four years into the future. After a major bomb attack in Copenhagen radicalization and ethnic tensions are running high, and a racist leader is leading the polls.19-year old Zakaria is afraid, wanting to do something.

Director: Ulaa Salim | Stars: Imad Abul-Foul, Ari Alexander, Ivan Alan Ali, Rasmus Bjerg

Votes: 446

32. Strange But True (2019)

PG-13 | 96 min | Thriller

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

Director: Rowan Athale | Stars: Margaret Qualley, Mena Massoud, Brian Cox, Nick Robinson

Votes: 24

33. Synonyms (2019)

123 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary.

Director: Nadav Lapid | Stars: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte, Uria Hayik

Votes: 1,073

34. The Tobacconist (2018)

117 min | Drama

Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler. A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.

Director: Nikolaus Leytner | Stars: Simon Morzé, Bruno Ganz, Johannes Krisch, Emma Drogunova

Votes: 315

35. 2040 (2019)

92 min | Documentary

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: 134

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37. The Vast of Night (2019)

89 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set at the dawn of the space-race over the course of one night in 1950s New Mexico, a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ uncover a strange frequency that could change their lives, their small town, and all of Earth - forever.

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

Votes: 27

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38. We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they've been hiding.

Director: Stacie Passon | Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 1,869

39. The Wind (II) (2018)

R | 86 min | Horror, Western

66 Metascore

A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s.

Director: Emma Tammi | Stars: Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman, Miles Anderson

Votes: 2,944 | Gross: $0.03M

40. Yesterday (III) (2019)

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

56 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: 28,268 | Gross: $71.92M



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