Jonathan Melville: Film action to watch out for this Festival . .

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IT’S August again, a time when even the tramworks seem less annoying than students handing out flyers as they promote thousands of Fringe shows you’ll never see.

As I researched this year’s crop of film-related shows I soon found myself reading about a number of shows in the official Fringe, some just outside the fringe of the Fringe and a few that might be Fringe but probably aren’t – if you can work out which is which you’re a better film columnist than I.

Still, if they have something to do with films, then I’m happy and 10 Films With My Dad (The Voodoo Rooms) definitely does. Aiden Goatley explores his relationship with his father, told through the history of films they’ve watched through the years, including Die Hard, Avatar and The Blues Brothers.

Along at Summerhall there are various film events in the next seven days, kicking off this Saturday with a screening of Yasujiro Ozu’s 1932 silent, I Was Born, But.... The film features two young boys trying to outsmart the local bully and there’s live music from Forrester Pyke.

On Sunday there’s the snappily-titled Reels From Life Two or How We Learned To Love Postmodernism, a show comprising abandoned Super 8 films found in attics and junk shops. With music supplied by gramophones, the event looks at the postmodern condition through moments caught on camera.

Finally, next Wednesday there’s a double bill of films featuring women attracted to the open road in Agnes Varda’s Vagabond (1985) and Morvern Callar (2002). The former follows a homeless woman in France while the latter starts features Samantha Morton as Morvern, leaving Scotland for Spain.


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