Our dedicated documentary strand CINETOPIA: DOC takes place on the evening of every second Monday of the month. Check out our next screening below and join us in The Edinburgh Film Guild cinema for a night of quality documentaries and discussions.

The Edinburgh Film Guild cinema and Guild Rooms are located within Filmhouse, on 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ.


INLAND SEA - Monday 2nd of September, 7PM @ Edinburgh Film Guild Cinema

This September Cinetopia:DOC is proud to present the Edinburgh premiere of Kazuhiro Soda’s INLAND SEA (Minatomachi, 2018), screened as part of Edinburgh Scalarama! Deemed as one of the masters of contemporary documentary filmmaking, Soda’s method and style follow a strict set of self-established commandments, resulting in a unified style of documentaries that provide an unprecedented access to the subjects and take the viewers on an emotional exploration to the Japanese psyche, culture and landscape.

Soda’s style is strictly observational, keeping the camera rolling and letting the subjects slowly open up to the audiences. The concurring characters in his documentaries are cats, but the focus of his films lays on the intimate and humane portraits of the characters he is following. Soda’s films form intimate bonds between the subjects and the viewer, unearthing incredible stories and capturing highly emotional moments on camera.

Inland Sea (2018) looks at a dying fishing village in rural Japan, and follows its townsfolk through their daily routines, discovering not only the stories of the people but also displaying the slowly disappearing culture and community of the town.

Check out the trailer for the film here!

Book your ticket here, and join us at the Edinburgh Film Guild on 2nd of September at 7pm for a trip to this Japanese seaside town, its culture, inhabitants and cats!


JULY 2019

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA – Monday 2nd of September, 7PM @ Edinburgh Film Guild Cinema

Cinetopia: DOC returns with a stunning tribute to legendary musician and film composer Ryuichi Sakamoto with Stephen Nomura Schible’s Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA!

Alongside his work with the Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sakamoto’s film scores include those for Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, and The Revenant.

Check out the trailer below!

Book your ticket here, and join us at the Edinburgh Film Guild on 8th July at 7pm for another round of documentary and discussion!


MAY 2019

DEAD GOOD by Rehana Rose - Monday 13th of May, 7PM @ Edinburgh Film Guild Cinema

Please note that this event is now sold out!

 For our second Cinetopia:Doc screening, we will be showing the new documentary Dead Good from Brighton filmmaker, Rehana Rose.

It is an intimate portrait of those dealing with their dead in modern Britain, supported by a team of women who are ‘giving death back to the people’ and enabling participation during the ritual of care.

“Rose’s patient, observational style lets her get right to the heart of these very personal matters. In doing so, she creates a safe space for viewers to explore issues they might previously have avoided.” – Jenni Kermode

We will be joined by the filmmaker, Rehana Rose for a post-screening Q&A. Rose has made several independent short films before embarking on Dead Good, her first feature documentary. The film will be screened at the beginning of Good Death Week. From May 13-19, people across Scotland will work to promote more open and supportive attitudes to death, dying and bereavement.

Check out the film trailer here!

Book your tickets in advance here to secure your seat!

APRIL 2019

FACES PLACES (Visages Villages) by Agnés Varda and JR Monday 8th of April, 7PM @ Edinburgh Film Guild Cinema

It is with a heavy heart but in joyful celebration of a life’s work that we announce our Cinetopia: DOC screening of Agnes Varda’s Visages Villages (Faces Places) on Monday 8th of April in Edinburgh Film Guild Cinema.

When planning Cinetopia’s new documentary strand earlier this year, we thought what better way to start than with one of our personal favourites from one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Agnès Varda. Sadly, recently we were struck with the news of her passing. Yet, we still believe there is no better way to spend an evening than in the radiant presence of Varda, immersing oneself in her vision, admiring her artistry and honouring her legacy, and we would love to have you join us for a screening and a discussion of all things Agnès.

We will screen one of our favourites, the academy award nominated Faces Places (Visages Villages), directed by Varda in collaboration with the visual artist JR. Faces Places is a heart-warming journey through rural France, documenting its people, its stories and the friendships and memories made along the way.

We will be joined by Francois Giraud from the University of Edinburgh, an expert in French post-New Wave Cinema and the influence of other arts in Varda’s filmmaking. In true Cinetopia fashion, the screening will feature an introduction to Varda’s work and a lively discussion after the screening.

There’ll be a small ticket price of £5 (+ ticeting fee) to cover the cost of the licensing of the film. We strongly encourage you to book your tickets in advance on our Eventbrite page to secure your spot as the Film Guild cinema is quite small (approx 25 seats).

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