The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.


Cinema programmers always feel the need to 'arrange' films in some way, so we opted for a two-pronged approach, newer titles and classics. Our playlist has a dozen films we have screened at Filmhouse Edinburgh in the past year, and 12 more from classic world cinema. The unifying theme? They’re all great!

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View Man With a Movie Camera
Man With a Movie Camera
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Man With a Movie Camera 1929 U

Dazzling document of Soviet life, by Dziga Vertov, showing a living city and the people and machines that propel it.

67 mins Director. Dziga Vertov

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Au hasard Balthazar
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Au hasard Balthazar 1966

Robert Bresson’s pared-down style elicits extraordinary pathos from this devastating tale of an abused donkey passing from owner to owner.

95 mins France Director. Robert Bresson

View Le Mépris
Le Mépris

Le Mépris 1963 15

Jean-Luc Godard’s caustic look at compromised creativity in the filmmaking world has superb images, music and acting from Piccoli, Bardot and Palance

103 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Aguirre - Wrath of God

Aguirre - Wrath of God 1972 PG

This early masterpiece from Werner Herzog stars Klaus Kinski as a power-crazed explorer in sixteenth-century South America who leads a band of conquistadors through the Amazon in search of El Dorado.

93 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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Journey to Italy

Journey to Italy 1954 PG

Roberto Rossellini's acerbic but finally very moving masterpiece about marital crisis boasts great performances from Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders

106 mins Italy

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The Battle of Algiers
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The Battle of Algiers 1966 15

Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece about the last years of French colonial rule in Algeria, seen from the perspective of both the revolutionaries and the French authorities.

121 mins Italy Director. Gillo Pontecorvo

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My Childhood

My Childhood 1972 PG

The first part of Bill Douglas’ poetic and profoundly stirring autobiographical trilogy, about an eight-year-old boy growing up in a Scottish mining village in 1945.

46 mins United Kingdom Director. Bill Douglas

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The Passion of Joan of Arc
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The Passion of Joan of Arc 1927 PG

An unassailable giant of silent cinema, Carl Dreyer's deeply moving biopic features one of the most powerful performances ever captured on film.

80 mins France Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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Rashomon 1950 12

Credited with bringing Japanese cinema to worldwide audiences, Akira Kurosawa’s breakthrough tells the story of a murder in the woods from four differing perspectives.

88 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City 1945 12

Roberto Rossellini’s landmark of Italian neorealism often cited as one of the greatest films ever made.

103 mins Italy Director. Roberto Rossellini

View Spring in a Small Town
Spring in a Small Town

Spring in a Small Town 1948 U

Fei Mu’s newly restored 1948 masterpiece, a piercingly poignant study of adulterous desire, was once voted the greatest Chinese film ever made.

People's Republic of China Director. Fei Mu

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Tokyo Story
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Tokyo Story 1953 U

A constant fixture in critics' polls, Yasujiro Ozu's most enduring masterpiece is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret.

135 mins Japan Director. Yasujiro Ozu

Newer Titles

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Rams 2015 15

Cannes prize-winning Icelandic drama about two estranged sheep-farming brothers who come together following a deadly disease outbreak.

93 mins Iceland Director. Grímur Hákonarson

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Blue is the Warmest Colour
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Blue is the Warmest Colour 2013 18

The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.

179 mins France Director. Abdel Kechiche

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Ida 2013 12

The Best Film winner at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is an exquisitely shot, moving drama about a Polish nun exploring her family's past, from UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski.

81 mins Director. Pawel Pawlikowski

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Innocence of Memories
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Innocence of Memories 2015 12

A multi-layered melding of fiction and fact, about Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and his Istanbul Museum of Innocence.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Grant Gee

View Lourdes
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Lourdes 2009 U

Jessica Hausner’s cool, compassionate exploration of religious faith follows various believers and non-believers hoping for miracle cures in Lourdes

96 mins Director. Jessica Hausner

View Aferim!
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Aferim! 2015 18

A policeman searches for a runaway gypsy in Radu Jude’s hilarious and magnificently shot Wallachian western.

105 mins Romania Director. Radu Jude

View Tabu
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Tabu 2012 15

A Portuguese woman reflects on her earlier life in an unnamed African country during the colonial era, in Miguel Gomes’ artfully composed diptych.

Portugal Director. Miguel Gomes

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The Second Mother
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The Second Mother 2015 15

A maid for a rich São Paulo family is allowed to take her provincial teenage daughter into the household, but tensions quickly surface between her old and new lives.

112 mins Brazil Director. Anna Muylaert

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The Wonders
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The Wonders 2014 15

An enchanting, otherworldly coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl who enters her unwilling family into a TV talent show.

110 mins Italy Director. Alice Rohrwacher

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