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EIFF 2017Festival Coverage

Kaleidoscope – EIFF 2017

After a handful of short films and a codirecting credit, Kaleidoscope is the powerhouse solo directing debut from Rupert Jones starring the fantastic Toby Jones (his brother) and a career best turn from veteran talent Anne Reid.  Toby Jones has already made a name for himself in the thriller genre. 2012’s Berberian Sound Studio dropped him in the maddening world of horror movie sound design. Kaleidoscope is a similarly disorientating slow-burn psycho-thriller with a consummate, though entirely different, approach to splintering mind states.  […]

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Pilgrimage – EIFF 2017

Whilst most of the praised Irish produce of the past few years has been horror, Brendan Muldowney’s Pilgrimage provides an unforgiving trip into the rarer realm of British swords ‘n’ sandals adventure. The film follows a group of priests who leave the rural confines of their secluded abbey to escort a holy relic on a […]

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Age of Shadows – GFF 2017

Korean director Kim Jee-Woon made a name for himself in horror, with films like A Tale of Two Sisters and gruelling serial killer thriller I Saw the Devil. From there he’s made outlandish Western The Good, the Bad, and The Weird, not to mention reintroduced Schwarzenegger in US mad action caper The Last Stand. Age of Shadows is his latest film and follows the exploits of Korean rebels seeking to overthrow Japanese invaders during the 1920’s  After an exhilarating opening the film launches straight into an exhilarating, freight train of espionage. Train […]

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Headshot – GFF 2017

Headshot, the latest film from Indonesian exports Timo Tjanto and Kimo Stamboel, is a rip-roaring action extravaganza and the true culmination of the directors’ passion for farce, black comedy, and action. Surprisingly the so-called Mo Brothers have remained relatively low-key, even though Headshot marks their third feature film. In their native Indonesia the directors don’t fare much better, with most of their flicks never seeing the light of a cinematic release.   It may prove the price […]

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The Demons – GFF 2017

French Canadian film The Demons, from director Philippe Lesage, peaks behind the curtain of suburban civility for a slow but powerful discussion on childhood, sexuality, and social relationships. In it, an adolescent boy named Felix begins to encounter the adult world in subtle, but dramatic ways.  Lesage is clearly an inquisitive and open-minded documentarian whose curiosity allows him to pry the deepest most private parts of life without seemingly rabidly intrusive. That’s an important […]

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