Leading attractions include the European premieres of Toy Story 3, Mr Nice, and the long-awaited World’s Greatest Dad (which I recommend). The retrospective this year is entitled After the Wave and features the forgotten classics of British cinema from 1967-1969.
The Rosebud strand is a big part of this year’s festival, featuring first and second films from upcoming directors. The Animation and Shorts strands are also particularly strong this year, injecting some vitality into short-form cinema that is less prevalent in cinema.
The big draw this year is, of course, the opening gala: Slyvain Chomet’s (Belleville Rendez-Vous) The Illusionist. The script from Jacques Tati is set in 1950s Edinburgh, Chomet’s adopted home.
If, despite the festival’s rebirth as a home for new and upcoming filmmakers, you are still interested in the high-profile guests, there will be an in-person BAFTA Scotland Interview with the newly-knighted Sir Patrick Stewart. Nick Hornby, still fresh off the critical success of An Education, will also be taking an in person Q&A. Slyvain Chomet will also be there to present a panel on The Making of the Illusionist. Other guests include America Ferrera of Ugly Betty fame, Ryhs Ifans, Tilda Swinton, and Mark Cousins.
I will be doing a little reportage from the festival, so keep an eye out for updates and reviews!
What are you excited for at this Edinburgh International Film Festival?