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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: Emma Peeters (2018) directed by Nicole Palo

While Emma Peeters is yet another in a long line of black comedies about suicide, it stands out due to its considerable sense of style and numerous charming touches. Monia Chokri is also spot-on as its jaded titular protagonist.

Monia Chokri is Emma Peeters

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The Favourite (2018) dir: Yorgos Lanthimos

Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz form a love triangle in this blackly comedic tale of callous scheming and cruelty amongst the British aristocracy of the 18th century. While not Lanthimos at his most extreme, it's still an idiosyncratic classic.

Emma Stone in The Favourite (2018)

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EIFF 2018: Terminal (2018) written and directed by Vaughn Stein

This futuristic neo-noir - starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher and Mike Myers - boasts neon-drenched heavy-stylised visuals but drowns under wannabe hip pretension and a lack of purpose. Really, shouldn't Robbie be doing better things nowadays after her Oscar-nominated performance in I, Tonya?

Margot Robbie and Max Irons in Terminal

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The Beguiled (2017)

Sofia Coppola's remake is slow-as-molasses to start with, but eventually becomes truly beguiling entertainment.

Female ensemble in Sofia Coppola's remake

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EIFF 2017: Wakefield (2016)

Bryan Cranston can't quite save this far-fetched and unlikeable character study.

Bryan Cranston is Wakefield

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EIFF 2017: Animals (Tiere) (2017)

A surreal puzzle of a film from director Greg Zglinski which requires the viewer to think outside of the box.

Birgit Minichmayr in Animals (Tiere)


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Colossal

Original and emotionally-intelligent monster movie with indie sensibilities and a blackly comic streak.

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​Free Fire

Ben Wheatley letting his hair down with an amphetamine-fed Reservoir Dogs.

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​T2 Trainspotting

Choose a surprisingly good sequel to the iconic Scottish junkie saga.

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Monia Chokri in Emma Peeters

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