Since opening in 1979, the Edinburgh Filmhouse has been a hub of interest for both people with a deep cinematic passion and those just wanting to catch a movie. Writing in the Guardian, Alistair Grant says “The Filmhouse is something increasingly precious: a cinema that caters shamelessly for cinephiles and isn’t afraid to take risks in its programming.” Now however, it’s venturing on a new path – distribution.
The production in question is Aleksey Balabanov’s 2010 The Stoker, a story about an impoverished veteran of the Afghan-Soviet War, Major Skryabin, who works as a stoker. Back home in Russia, Balabanov is known as a director whose films allegorically address the post Soviet era, sometimes with dark and difficult to watch results. While The Stoker has recognisable elements of his other works, this comedy/drama is perhaps more accessible to a foreign audience than his previous features. Typical to the style of it’s programming, the Filmhouse has chosen an interesting and unappreciated (in this country at least) director with which to launch what will hopefully be the first of many films to be distributed by the cinema.
The Stoker will be on a limited UK release from Fri 17 May