It may not be the best known event on the international movie scene, but this year the Edinburgh International Film Festival is looking like it’ll be a real treat for cinephiles and casual film fans alike, by hosting some fantastic exclusives.
Twenty-two brand new films will be making their international debut at this month’s event, and over 100 more will be showing at venues around the Scottish city from 16 to 27 June. With such a vast selection, there’s bound to be something to whet your appetite!
The full programme was revealed this week, and includes such notable alumni as German director Werner Herzog, a perennial festival favourite who is debuting his new film My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done. The director describes his film as “a horror film without the blood, chainsaws and gore” – certainly sounds like a welcome change of pace to me.
Another gem that’s sure to be of interest to those taking cultural city breaks to Scotland‘s capital is the animated film The Illusionist, which is set in Edinburgh in the 1950s and will open the festival on Wednesday 16th. As well as enjoying its insightful plot, Edinburgh locals and regular visitors will surely get a kick out of seeing recognisable streets and famous landmarks as they were more than 50 years ago – I can’t imagine a more fitting start to the festival!
At the other end of the festivities, another UK film has the honour of closing the festival on Sunday 27th, this time from England. The Third Star is Hattie Dalton’s first feature film, and its venerable position at the climax of the festival could means that the young director is a name for film buffs to look out for in the future.
Even if arty cinema leaves you feeling a little lost and you think this festival isn’t for you, you might actually be pleasantly surprised by some of the more mainstream spectacles gracing the silver screens at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and other key venues in the city as part of the events.
One of the most talked-about films getting its international premiere at the festival is Toy Story 3, a real win for Edinburgh that’s sure to unite many disparate strands of film lovers and critics by showing the next part in the saga of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and co. I don’t know what I’m looking forward to most!