Mon 5th September | 7pm

What makes Her so tantalising and original is that it is as much a story about self-delusion and narcissism on the grandest scale as it is a conventional romantic comedy. It is a sweet-natured and melancholy film, beautifully directed, that manages to be satirical about love in a digital, distracted age without losing its heartfelt quality.
The basic plot is simple enough – a man falls in love with his new computer operating system. We’re in Los Angeles in the near future. Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is going through a divorce to his childhood sweetheart, Catherine (Rooney Mara), a successful writer. His job, at which he is extremely skilled, is writing love letters for other people.
However there exists in Her a much darker message and insight into the trajectory of the human species in relation to smart technology. Her predicts not only our depressing, masturbatory use of computers as a crutch for the soul, but posits that our smartphones will outsmart us and in a paradoxical way become more human than humans themselves. It sees us consumed by the need for validation, the desire for every experience to be shared and succumb to self-obsession, it being notable that Theodore doesn’t even seem bothered by the fact that his new girlfriend lives to serve him and completely subordinates herself (itself?) to him.

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Of Gods and Men

Mon 12th September | 7pm

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” The speaker is Luc, an elderly Catholic monk played by 79-year-old Michael Lonsdale, quoting a pensée of Pascal. He does it at a moment of crisis and ambiguity: does this thought apply to the Islamist mujahideen who are threatening to kill him and his brothers? Or should it rather apply to these future victims, secretly infatuated with the idea of a martyrdom that will fan the flames of violence for generations to come?
That reference is the sole, perhaps pre-emptive, concession to secularism in this stunningly passionate and deeply moving film by the French director Xavier Beauvois, based on the kidnapping and murder of monks in Algeria by fundamentalists in 1996. The movie is in fact saturated with faith and belief, and part of its power is the absolute conviction of its cinematic language, an idiom of severity, austerity and high seriousness, imitating the spacious silences to which the monks have devoted themselves, and boldly supporting the validity and meaning of their dilemma. Of Gods and Men is a modern tragedy that doesn’t require the audience to share its belief any more than something by Aeschylus. It climaxes in a quite incredible “Last Supper” sequence, in which the monks share red wine to the accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s Grand Theme from Swan Lake, playing on an old tape machine in the corner.


Matinee of the Month: Delicatessen

Saturday 17th September | 2pm

A post-apocalyptic society where food is so rare it’s invaluable and is used as currency. The story centers on an apartment building with a delicatessen on the ground floor. The owner of the eatery also owns the apartment building and he is in need of a new maintenance man since the original “mysteriously” disappeared.
Clever ideas and good notion of filmmaking are at the core of this movie, whose storyline is the smallest asset. But you won’t really care when you see it, because even though the story isn’t really elaborate, what you have here is one of the most original movies you’ll ever get your eyes on. The setting is perfect, with no historic or geographic references, only an estranged building, which doesn’t have a single straight normal tenant. The result is a magnificent work of actors, cinematography and set dressing, that makes the most of visual resources for a movie. The directors Jeunet & Caro show their true potential in this movie that will keep you glued with its naive-like comedy style, and its unique set of characters, which could generate a separate movie about each and every one of them. Magnificent, and truly original.

True Cost

Take One Action Film Festival presents: True Cost

SUN 18 SEP | 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM



What is the price of fast fashion? This urgent wake-up call provides a shocking overview of the consequences of our addiction to cheap, disposable clothing.


Through its investigations across the globe, from the garment factories of Bangladesh to the cotton fields of India, The True Cost evidences a reality of exploitation, ecological destruction and health disasters that would make anyone question the true cost of our bargains.


Not content with destroying the planet through its manufacturing process, fast fashion is also clogging landfills and destroying local clothing industries in emerging economies. Where does responsibility lie? With the garment factory owners, cracking down on their workers’ requests for higher wages and improved working conditions? With the retailers that keep squeezing costs down – or the consumers? The solutions are complex and multifaceted; what is clear is that they are urgently needed – and that we all have a role to play.


Join us for a special afternoon of FREE activities including swapshops and mending and upcycling workshops, courtesy of Re-Made in Edinburgh. The film will be followed by a conversation with guests including Thulsi Narayanasamy (Senior International Programmes Officer, War on Want), Francis Stuart (Policy and Research Advisor, Oxfam Scotland) and BeYonder Textile, a new “profit for purpose” organisation based in Scotland.


FREE but booking essential via: http://www.takeoneaction.org.uk/event/the-true-cost-2/

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mon 19th Sept | 7pm

In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero, a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave’s friend and protégé. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel’s guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the many elderly women who stay there. When one of Gustave’s lovers dies mysteriously, Gustave finds himself the recipient of a priceless painting and the chief suspect in her murder.
“Another meticulously stylish and deadpan Wes Anderson movie that walks the fine line between masterpiece and folly.” Empire

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Concerning Violence

Mon 26th September | 7pm

Archival footage provides a damning indictment of European imperialism from the director of ‘The Black Power Mixtape.’ The Black Power Mixtape” helmer Goran Hugo Olsson doesn’t make documentaries so much as incendiary devices, diving deep into Swedish film archives for vintage clips that have sat like so much undetonated ordnance all these years and coupling them with politically charged audio to make a provocative new statement. In “Concerning Violence,” Olsson adds the nuclear heft of Frantz Fanon’s treatise “The Wretched of the Earth” to that cocktail, pairing passages read by Lauryn Hill with gut-wrenching eye-witness accounts of imperialism gone wrong, resulting in a festival hot potato engineered to rile even the most progressive arthouse crowds.
In searching for a mechanism to unify this incredible footage, which has gone largely unseen by the general public ever since, Olsson seized upon Fanon’s 1961 tract, a controversial anarchist cookbook which analysed the psychology of occupation and identified violent upheaval as the only means to overthrow colonialism — a system Fanon referred to as “violence in its natural state.” First published in 1961 and subsequently banned in France and the U.S., the book now seems less ominous than prescient, having accurately anticipated the bloody upheaval that many Third World countries underwent in order to shake off their white oppressors.



Mon 3rd October | 7pm

Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents’ actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year old Lore (striking performance from newcomer Saskia Rosendahl), they set out on a harrowing journey across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate in order to survive. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact.
“Lore proceeds like a long-ago fairy tale, dark-hued, grounded in real-life 20th-century horrors”.—Chicago Tribune

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Sweet Sixteen

Monday 10th October |7pm

While Liam (Martin Compston) waits for his mother to be released from prison, he aggressively resists the demands of his stepfather and grandfather that he use his mother as a drug mule. Liam dreams of a better life for her, and decides that when she gets out of jail he will take her far away from their family and their former life. However, this plan requires money, so Liam gets it the only way he knows how – by stealing his stepfather’s drugs and selling them on the street.
“It’s one of the most emotional and compelling the filmmaker has ever made. Confident, uncompromising and blisteringly realistic, Sweet Sixteen is a gritty and immediate film yet it goes right to the emotions.” – Los Angeles Times

the lego movie

FAMILY MOVIE: The Lego Movie

Mon 17th Oct | 11am

Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary LEGO figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special, ‘an extraordinary being’, and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant’s (Will Ferrell) plans to conquer the world. Unfortunately for Emmet, he is hopelessly, and hilariously, unprepared for such a task, but he’ll give it his all nonetheless.
“The funniest, cleverest, most exhaustingly exhilarating animated feature in ages.” Time Magazine

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City of God

Mon 17th October | 7pm

In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood. José “Zé” Pequeno (Leandro Firmino da Hora) is an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, “Knockout Ned” (Seu Jorge). The film was shot on location in Rio’s poorest neighbourhoods.
“An exhilarating slap in the face, bracing and sexy, smart and visceral, stylish and raw — the advent of a fabulously exciting new moviemak-ing talent. “ Shawn Levy, Portland News

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FAMILY MOVIE: Modern Times

Fri 21st October | 11am

This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.
“Chaplin’s sentimental politics and peerless comic invention dovetailed more perfectly in this film than in any other he made.”—Boston Globe


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FAMILY MOVIE: Bugsy Malone

Mon 24th October | 11am

A mobster named Roxy Robinson is “splurged” by members of a gang, using rapid-fire cream-shooting “splurge guns”. Once splurged, a kid is “all washed up… finished”. Speakeasy boss Fat Sam introduces himself and Bugsy Malone, a boxing promoter with no money (“Bugsy Malone”). Fat Sam is worried that his rival Dandy Dan will try to take control of the Speakeasy. Meanwhile Blousey Brown, an aspiring singer, has come for an audition, but Sam is too distracted to see her. Bugsy however is smitten with her.
The film garnered over 15 award nominations, including “Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)”, “Best Original Score” and “Best Original Song” from the Golden Globes, an Oscar for “Best Original Song Score” and the prestig-ious Golden Palm at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. Alan Parker received the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay.

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39 Steps (1935)

Mon 24th October | 7pm

While on vacation in London, Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) becomes embroiled in an international spy ring related to the mysterious “39 steps.” Then he meets agent Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim), who is soon killed in his apartment. He must elude the police, who are hunting him for murder, while he tries to stop Professor Jordan (Godfrey Tearle) from sending secrets out of the country. Hannay is assisted by Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), an unwilling accomplice who discovers the truth.
“Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 thriller is still massively entertaining. It is witty, daring and exuberant; Hitchcock shows himself to be energetic and resourceful as ever” – The Guardian

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Matinee of the Month: October Sky

Sat 29th October |2pm

The true story of John Hickam (Chris Cooper), a West Virginia coal miner who loves his job and expects his sons, Jim (Scott Miles) and Homer (Jake Gyllenhaal), to follow in his footsteps. But Jim gets a football scholarship, and Homer becomes interested in rocket science after seeing Sputnik 1 crossing the sky. John disapproves of his son’s new mania, but Homer begins building rockets with the help of friends and a sympathetic teacher (Laura Dern). Rocketry, he hopes, will prove his ticket to a better life.
“Immensely entertaining and unabashedly inspirational.” – Variety

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Young Frankenstein

Mon 31st October | 7pm


Respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather’s experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor’s fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn).
“Hilarious. Young Frankenstein emerges as a reverently satirical salute to the 1930s horror film genre.” – Variety