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EIFF 2019: Volcano (2018) dir: Roman Bondarchuk

This surreal Ukrainian comedy-drama lays bare the sheer schisms to be seen within this impoverished, war-torn country. It is filled with startling images, both ugly and beautiful. Starring Serhiy Stepansky, Viktor Zhdanov and Khrystyna Deilyk.

Serhiy Stepansky in Volcano

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EIFF 2019: Schemers (2019) dir: David McLean

This Dundee-set drama is based around the early days of music promoter David McLean’s career. While rather underbudgeted, it makes up for it somewhat via its undeniable spunk and energy. Starring Conor Berry, Tara Lee, Sean Connor and Grant R. Keelan.

Schemers (2019)

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EIFF 2019: Bittersweet Symphony (2019) dir: Jamie Adams

This amateurish and unfocussed mess of a film feels like watching someone else's home movie. Despite the evident talents of some of those in front of the camera (including Suki Waterhouse and Jennifer Grey), it is ultimately a rather cringeworthy affair. Oh, and it has nothing to do with The Verve.

Bittersweet Symphony (2019)

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EIFF 2019: Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018)

Salvador Simó's cel-shaded animated look at the making of surrealist director Luis Buñuel’s documentary Las Hurdes gives us a striking insight into his artistic imagination but doesn't sugarcoat some of the more controversial aspects of his behaviour.

Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018)

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EIFF 2019: The Wind (2018) directed by Emma Tammi

This horror-western is impressively potent from a visual standpoint but its non-linear narrative conceals a shortage of both storyline and interesting characterisations. It stars Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman and Dylan McTee.

Caitlin Jenkins in The Wind

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EIFF 2019: Ever After (2018) dir: Carolina Hellsgård

Despite having its share of gruesome moments, this German take on the zombie apocalypse subgenre comes closer in tone to Andrei Tarkovsky than to George Romero. It's a beautiful, haunting and poetic examination of guilt and the inherent value of human life.

Gro Swantje Kohlhof in Ever After

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EIFF 2019: Love Type D (2019) starring Maeve Dermody

I really wanted to hate this romantic comedy on the grounds that it runs with such an incredibly silly and somewhat mean-spirited premise. Nonetheless, it does manage to induce a few laughs. Maeve Dermody makes for an appealing lead but young Rory Stroud is the real standout here.

Maeve Dermody in Love Type D

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EIFF 2019: I See You (2019) starring Helen Hunt and Jon Tenney

This non-linear horror thriller is well worth a watch if you like your films to be ingeniously constructed and truly surprising. Judah Lewis and Owen Teague stand out from the cast as two adolescent guys who become delinquent for entirely different reasons.

Helen Hunt in I See You

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EIFF 2019: Extreme Job (2019) dir: Byeong-heon Lee

This high-octane mix of laughs, action and gratuitously mouthwatering shots of fried chicken was a record-breaking box office hit in South Korea and is bound to find plenty of fans amongst Asian cinephiles here. It stars Seung-ryong Ryu, Lee Hanee, Seon-kyu Jin, Dong-hwi Lee and Gong-Myoung.

Extreme Job (2019)

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EIFF 2019: Astronaut (2019) starring Richard Dreyfuss

Dreyfuss's excellent performance as an elderly, ailing man who dreams of going to outer space makes this rather obvious awards bait movie worth the voyage. It also stars Lyriq Bent, Colm Feore, Krista Bridges, Art Hindle and Richie Lawrence.

Richard Dreyfuss in Astronaut

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