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Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on June 21, 2013 by dcairns


Our press and industry screening at Edinburgh International Film Festival is today. The first public show is on Sunday 23rd at 3.20. Then it’s on again Saturday the 29th.

If you make it to the Sunday screening, you’ll meet my collaborator Paul Duane and also some of Mr. Natan’s relatives!

Above, our poster, designed by Padhraig Nolan.

Also screening today, in public — TABOOR, an unclassifiable Iranian science fiction film I reviewed for the Festival catalogue. I wrote: “This stark and beautiful dream film, slow, hypnotic and utterly compelling, is a kind of science fiction film in which the science fiction elements are barely explained, but the aura of apocalypse and extinction is palpable.” If you want to know more, you’ll have to buy the catalogue and/or see the film. I recommend both.

Also also screening today: CONSTRUCTORS, an equally beautiful Kazakh film in which perishing plastic, backlit by bleaching sunlight in b&w, becomes my new favourite movie substance, easily as attractive as the billowing muslin drapes of arthouse yore. From my programme notes: “This melancholy comedy, or humorous tragedy, from Kazakhstan manages to address social issues without becoming depressing or ugly, and to create cinematic beauty without cheapening its subject or glamorising poverty. The setting is a wasteland amid building sites, a kind of man-made desert. The characters resemble the discarded plastic sheeting and bottles seen everywhere: unwanted, abandoned, but still, inconveniently, around. People perish sooner than plastic.”

Also also also — I CATCH A TERRIBLE CAT, which I caught on Wednesday, a pitch-perfect black comedy from Japan which starts slow and lightweight, with long scenes of characters politely explaining exactly how they feel about one another and themselves, usually the sign of a bad soap opera or a good Woody Allen. But the plot convolutes like Wodehouse, and before the aend there are hints that the story may not be as benign as you surmised. It’s kind of mean, in fact, but judged so well that I don’t think you’ll end up depressed. Warning: there’s no actual cat, unless you count a drawing. But a zebra and some penguins show up.

Note: I have repaired the video at yesterday’s edition of The Forgotten so you can now see a sample of Charley Bowers, silent comedian and madman, in action.