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Spring finally arrived at the weekend, bringing with it a breath of fresh air and some sunshine! Although this week brings another anniversary - one year since the first lockdown - we have a (mostly) uplifting dose of recommendations to keep the smile on everyone's faces and the optimism going. Read on for film picks, reading material from an Edinburgh-local author, BFI Flare recommendations and more!

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20th Century Women (2016) //
Mike Mills

Edinburgh Cinema Club: Isobel

"Anchored by three 20th century women, this often goofy coming-of-age story celebrates the feminist shift and rise of suffrage in 1979, while questioning the idea of what is means to be a parent. Being raised by a team of strong women, I love this wholesome look at the irrelevance of conventional parenting."

Rashomon (1950) // Akira Kurasawa

Senior Selection Volunteer: Cliff

"Its presentation of alternative truths about the death of a samurai draws you into trying to piece together what really happened. Director Kurasawa subverts the tradition in which you presume that the narrative in a film is reliable. In the forest where the drama unfolds, the sun glints through the leaves rustled by the breeze, so what's black and what's white."

Watch on BFI Player
The Emperor's New Groove (2000) //
Mark Dindal

Marketing Assistant: Ellie

"Brushing up on my Disney education, this spirited adventure follows egotistical Emperor Kuzco. Transformed into a llama, he must take back the throne from his scheming advisor Yzma and her ditsy henchman Kronk. Expect silly giggles and a top soundtrack featuring Tom Jones & Eartha Kitt - this is a perfect family film!"

Watch on Disney+
La Famille Bélier (2014) (12A) // 
Éric Lartigau

Education Recommends

To mark Francophonie Day on Saturday 20 March, the Education team recommends La Famille Bélier, a French comedy drama about Paula, a teenage girl living with her D/deaf family. Paula has a gift for singing; her teacher encourages her to pursue her talent and audition for a prestigious music school in Paris. This film explores key themes including representation and the role of popular music in French culture. 

Find out more about the film with
Into Film’s learning resource

Salt on Your Tongue: Women
and the Sea // Charlotte Runcie

Programming Officer: Raymah

"Part myth retellings, part memoir - this collection by Edinburgh-born author, Charlotte Runcie, is deeply personal and yet highly accessible. Runcie beautifully brings tall tales to life whilst also exploring her past, her pregnancy and how the sea has always punctuated her life."
Many bookshops in Edinburgh will order in books in that you request - here's some great bookshops you can support!
Lighthouse Book Shop  Golden Hare Books ● Transreal Fiction
The Portobello Bookshop ● The Edinburgh Bookshop ● Topping & Company
Armchair Books ● Blackwells
EIFF Recommends BFI Flare 🏳️‍🌈

BFI Flare is the UK’s longest running queer film event, beginning in 1986! The virtual festival runs until Sun 28 Mar and, with a programme taking on love, friendship, identity, politics, community and more, there is a wealth of queer cinema to get stuck into. With everything from gothic family drama and New York's '50s drag scene to holiday romance, explore EIFF's favourites from the BFI Flare programme. 

Read their recommendations!
Small Axe - Red, White and Blue // Senior Selections at Home 🏠

April's Senior Selections is chosen from Steve McQueen's Small Axe film anthology, which spotlights the true story of Leroy Logan, who, at a young age, saw his father assaulted by two policemen. Motivated to join the Metropolitan Police, Leroy looks to change their racist attitudes from within. Over-60s only, join us for the free film screening, a cuppa and a chat!

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