EIFF: American Dreams Strand Events

EIFF's American Dreams strand features some of the very best new film works from American independent cinema.

EIFF: American Dreams Strand Events

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***21nd June***

Searching - 8.30pm Odeon 2
This smart and absorbing suspense film tackles the twin themes of parents worrying about their children’s behaviour and the modern ill of people spending too much time on devices. John Cho stars as a widowed father trying to track down his missing daughter. The clever visuals take place entirely on screens, veering from computers to mobile devices to all technology in-between. The twists are tense and clever. Debra Messing is great as a tough detective who is the best hope of finding the missing girl.

My Name Is Myeisha - 8.50pm VUE Omni
A powerful, thoughtful and haunting film based on a stage production that dramatises a 1998 US police shooting. The film imagines teen Myeisha’s thoughts in the moments before she is shot 12 times by police while dozing in her car. Rhaechyl Walker mesmerises as the complex Myeisha. The film cleverly utilises music, poetry and drama in seeking to represent the many layers of this young woman, while never eulogising her. The tragic story of a black life lost and a contemplation of what might have been.

***22nd June***

Weightless - 6.10pm Cineworld
Alessandro Nivola delivers a magnetic lead performance as Joel, a tormented loner given to moments of anger. He tries to foster a new relationship with warm-hearted Janeece (Julianne Nicholson), but his life is thrown out of balance when his ex-wife vanishes and he finds himself responsible for his son, 10-year-old Will (Eli Haley), an equally vulnerable soul who needs care Joel is barely able to provide. The two must find a way to deal with their situation.

Searching - 8.50pm Cineworld
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***23rd June***

My Name Is Myeisha - 1.20pm VUE Omni
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Ideal Home - 8.30pm Odeon 2
This delightful comedy balances barbed humour with treasurable feel-good moments. Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd (both magnificent) star as Erasmus and Paul, long-term lovers who live a carefree and rather wild life in Sante Fe, where Erasmus is a kitsch celebrity TV chef and Paul his long-suffering producer. When a grandson Erasmus never knew he had arrives at their home clutching a plastic bag containing cash, cocaine and a Bible, they find their lifestyle thrown into disarray. A satisfying comedy charmer.

Who We Are Now - 8.45pm Vue Omni
Beth (Julianne Nicholson), recently released from prison, desperately tries to regain custody of her son from her sister and husband, who remain staunchly unconvinced of her capacity to be the mother he needs. Her case attracts the interest of a young, fiercely moral public defender, whose passion and dedication to her work clashes with her own mother. Matthew Newton’s intelligent, compassionate film is a beautifully written human drama about accountability, hope and redemption, conveyed by flawed characters that exude truth.

***24th June***

Weightless - 1pm Cineworld
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Who We Are Now - 1pm Vue Omni
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Papillon - 5.45pm Filmhouse 1
Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek star in this harrowing and darkly inspirational updated film version of Henri Charrière’s acclaimed novel. They play prisoners shipped off to a remote penitentiary in 1930s French Guiana who decide to try and escape the prison’s harrowing conditions, where prisoners are routinely brutalised. No simple remake of the 1973 version (which starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman), this film is powerfully directed by Michael Noer (who made Danish prison drama R) and offers epic dramatic adventure.

We the Animals - 6pm Cineworld
Though its subject matter appears familiar, this beautiful, deeply lyrical film is a haunting and poetic story of growing up that looks like a Terrence Malick film and is blessed with memorable performances. Jonah (Evan Rosado) – confused by his emerging sexuality – and his two older brothers run wild through the woods near their upstate New York home, but struggle to deal with their father’s violence toward their loving mother (Sheila Vand, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). Beautifully observed and shot with grace and compassion by Jeremiah Zagar.

***25th June***

Ideal Home - 8.40pm Odeon 2
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***26th June***

Papillon - 5.50pm Cineworld
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strong>Terminal - 8.40pm Odeon 2
The charismatic Margot Robbie stars as a mysterious woman involved in a series of dark and dangerous events in Terminal, which she also produces. Writer-director Vaughn Stein’s film is a stylish, twisting and shrewdly complex noir-style revenge thriller. Set against the backdrop of a sprawling and anonymous city of glittering neon, the film follows two assassins (Dexter Fletcher and Max Irons) on a deadly mission, a teacher (Simon Pegg) facing an illness, an enigmatic janitor (Mike Myers) and a waitress (Robbie) who leads a double life.

***27th June***

strong>Terminal - 8.45pm Odeon 2
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We the Animals - 8.50pm Vue Omni
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***28th June***

Wild Nights with Emily - 6pm Odeon 2
The notion of acclaimed poet Emily Dickinson as a tortured recluse is well and truly punctured in writer/director Madeleine Olnek’s delightfully funny film, featuring a wonderful performance by Molly Shannon as the supposedly reserved literary icon. In Olnek’s period romp, Dickinson is a vibrant woman forced to hide her lesbian love affair and whose work is rejected by the male-dominated literary establishment. The film is sprinkled with voiceovers and graphics of text that showcase her poetry and passion. A wonderfully wry period film with a real difference.

Locating Silver Lake - 6.05pm Cineworld
After being dumped at his graduation, would-be writer Daniel (Josh Peck) heads to Los Angeles, where he soon finds himself drawn to the charismatic and possibly dangerous Seth (Finn Wittrock), who opens up a new world of alluring glamour. At the same time Daniel becomes immersed in a local community based on loyalty and diversity through his landlord Jose (the impressive Amaury Nolasco). Torn between love, loyalty and the possibility of dark adventures, Daniel must make stark life choices.

The Negotiator - 8.30pm Filmhouse 1
Jon Hamm stars in this intelligent and absorbing spy thriller, playing troubled and heavy-drinking diplomat-turned-mediator Mason Skiles. When an old friend is kidnapped in Beirut, Skiles is recruited to negotiate and his past comes back to haunt him. Hamm and Rosamund Pike (as Skiles’ CIA handler) make the most of a smart script by Tony Gilroy (writer of the Bourne films), which delves into the dark complexities of the Middle East while offering up plenty of action and clever espionage twists and turns.

***29th June***

Hearts Beat Loud - 6pm Filmhouse 1
Director Brett Haley has created that rarest of things – a warm-hearted, sincere film that wears its loving heart on its sleeve, and is all the better for it. Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) delights as a young-at-heart father about to sell his Brooklyn record shop just as his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) is heading to college in California to study medicine. The pair make great music together, but when he wants to practice, she wants to study. An enchanting film about love and music with a great cast.

Unicorn Store - 8.45pm Odeon 2
Actor Brie Larson’s enchanting directorial debut (in which she also stars) got overshadowed by the hoopla surrounding Greta Gerwig’s Ladybird. Larson plays Kit, a unicorn-obsessed art student who must face reality when her art dreams are dashed. An oddball life lesson comes in the form of flamboyant salesman (Samuel L. Jackson), who claims to be able to help her adopt her own unicorn if she fulfils a series of chores and instructions. A quirky and offbeat story that’s delivered with real charm and affection.

***30th June***

Hearts Beat Loud - 3.25pm Odeon 2
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Wild Nights with Emily - 3.55pm Cineworld
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The Negotiator - 6pm Odeon 2
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Locating Silver Lake - 6pm Vue Omni
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Unicorn Store - 8.30pm Cineworld
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Humor Me - 8.40pm Filmhouse 1
Elliott Gould and Jemaine Clement play father and son in this thoroughly engaging comedy from Sam Hoffman, writer of the hit web series Old Jews Telling Jokes. Struggling playwright Nate (Clement) moves in with his joke-telling dad when his wife kicks him out. Struggling to get his life in order at his father’s New Jersey retirement community, Nate reluctantly agrees to coach a group of elderly women mounting a concert version of The Mikado. Turns from Bebe Neuwirth, Annie Potts and singer Ingrid Michaelson boost this slick and funny film.

***1st July***

Humor Me - 1.25pm Odeon 2
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