Eden Court is still on lockdown, the projectors haven’t been on in a couple of weeks and I’m starting to feel the effects of going cold turkey on cinema. I haven’t gone this long without seeing a film in the cinema in over 20 years and I’m Jonesing pretty bad!
The 2019 Inverness Film Festival is starting to feel a long time ago, but we’re almost half way to the 2020 edition in November. If you missed some of the films from last year there are several now streaming online that you’ll have some time to catch up with now.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (my favourite film from the 2019 festival), System Crasher (nominated in 10 categories at the 'Deutscher Filmpreis' German Film Awards) plus And Then We Danced can all be rented on Curzon Home Cinema. All three films made the top ten for the Audience Award at the festival (and Eden Court customers can get 15% off by entering ATHOME15 on the payment page). Also worth a mention is Kim Longinotto’s excellent documentary Shooting The Mafia, about the Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia - available to watch or rent on Amazon Prime.
There are always some great films I want to screen but, for a number of reasons, we have to wait until after the festival to show our audiences. With the lockdown there are a few that we might not get the chance to show now. These are the films that would have been on at Eden Court over the next couple of weeks...
Cunningham is a thoughtful and mesmerising documentary about the American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, it’s available from Dogwoof and if you watch it through this link then you can choose to donate 10% of the rental price to Eden Court.
MUBI is currently screening Bacarau, the new film from Kleber Mendonça Filho (the director of Neighbouring Sounds and Aquarius, which both played at Eden Court) and Juliano Dornelles. MUBI calls it ‘a daring, intoxicating blend of neo-Western, siege thriller and political allegory—powerfully resonating with today’s Brazil’. Eden Court customers can register for a free 3 month MUBI account by following this link.
The Perfect Candidate, the new film from Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda) is about a young doctor who is running for local government (something women don’t do in Saudi Arabia) to help sort access to her surgery. If you rent the film through this link on Curzon Home Cinema you will have the option to donate part of your rental cost to Eden Court. If you can, be sure to check out the live director Q&A at 8.30pm on Friday 3rd April.
However you choose to watch your films while Eden Court is closed, I hope you enjoy them.
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