Two films receiving their UK premiere this week at the Edinburgh International Film Festival probed the dysfunctional reality beneath sun-drenched east coast USA, as well as both featuring the unsettling presence of actor Michael Shannon.
Edinburgh Film Festival
Day 5 of the Edinburgh Film Festival ended on a high after the gentle delights of Mai Mai Miracle (see earlier blog/review). In the afternoon I attended a Scottish Screen reception on the sunny rooftop of the Delegate Centre which has almost 360° panoramic views of the city. There I ran into Morag McKinnon and Colin McLaren, director and writer of the much anticipated Donkeys which was to receive its world premiere just a few hours later.
Edinburgh Film Festival hots up, literally
With still another six of its ten day run to go, the Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced this Sunday's "Best of Fest" screenings. Tickets are £6 each or £20 for 4 for screenings of "the best" and sold-out films at the EIFF.
It's Day 4 of the Edinburgh Film Festival and it really feels now like its taking off.
Gangs of skateboarding kids and mini clusters of homeless swilling winos (i.e. the usual residents of Bristo Square) were in for a surprise last Wednesday evening when the relative calm of the night was shattered by the sight of Sir Sean Connery grooving away and getting on down alongside ostrich-feathered dancing girls, a balkan-esque band and stilt walkers.
Documentary film-makers love the outsider. They love to probe around the fringes of real-life, picking up rocks and seeing what detritus is burrowing underneath, whether by design or choice. This is perfectly displayed by some of the films being presented in this year’s ever exemplary Document strand at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
A couple of days ago I collected my EIFF press pass and main programme guide from the del
Screenwriter-director Sylvain Chomet chose to go the old-school route when he adapted French comedy legend Jacques Tati's previously unmade script into an animated feature.