Category Archives: Edinburgh International Film Festival

EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: Gideon Koppel’s ‘Sleep Furiously

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Lyrical and haunting, Gideon Koppel’s documentary feature “Sleep Furiously” is a love letter to a way of life in rural Wales that is fast disappearing. It is filled with images of the faces and hands … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Leo Tolstoy’s story of compulsive jealousy set to the disturbing chords of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “The Kreutzer Sonata” is given a lurid screen treatment by British director Bernard Rose. Danny Huston plays a wealthy and … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘Death Defying Acts’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – Gillian Armstrong’s “Death Defying Acts” is a tale of illusion and self-delusion in which the great magician Harry Houdini becomes in thrall to a beautiful woman who is the spitting image of his late mother. … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘The Edge of Love’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH — A poet, a warrior and their two lovers form a complicated quartet in John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love,” a story of wartime romance in which fidelity and trust are put to the strictest test. … Continue reading

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Edinburgh film festival preview

By Ray Bennett LONDON – The Edinburgh International Film Festival, which has moved this year from its traditional August slot to June, announced its lineup today with 142 feature films from 29 countries including 15 world premieres. The 11-day event … Continue reading

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EDINBURGH FILM REVIEW: ‘I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead’

By Ray Bennett EDINBURGH – “Most thoughts are memories, and memories deceive,” says Will Graham, the central character played by Clive Owen (above and below) in director Mike Hodges’ new film. In Graham’s case, the deceptive memories are of a … Continue reading

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