Thursday, 28 May 2015

Edinburgh International Film Festival programme launch

The programme for the Edinburgh International Film Festival was launched yesterday.

A new artistic director, Mark Adams, who gave a very entertaining speech at the launch, has taken over for this the 69th edition of the festival, which will run from 17-28 June. The event will showcase 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 world premieres, 8 International premieres, 16 European Premieres, 84 UK premieres and 2 Scottish premieres.

My impression at this stage is that the festival has become more commercial this year, with fewer obscure films and more mainstream features. Certainly I feel there are fewer 'must-see' films for me. I know that my tastes are eclectic and odd and that moving towards the mainstream makes sound economic sense, but in a world where even the arthouse cinemas seem to be becoming ever more mainstream, I have always valued Edinburgh International Film Festival as somewhere I could guarantee my fix of obscure films.

Having said that there are a number of films I hope to catch and review here, including:

Black Island Poets in which two sisters on the run pretend to be poets to find refuge in a poetry weekend;

Blood Cells in which the UK foot and mouth epidemic of 2001 impacts on a young farmer

Scottish Mussel a romantic comedy focussing on conservation issues about the endangered Scottish pearl mussel

Out of Nature in which a Norwegian man goes back to nature

Nearby Sky which focuses on the first woman to enter her camels into the UAE's camel beauty pageant

and When Elephants Fight which focusses on Britain's ties with the illicit trade in Congo's conflict minerals.

You can download the full programme here or pick up a paper copy at the Filmhouse or many other venues around Edinburgh.


Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Juliet, I must say, you lead a most interesting life.
:) m & jb

Knitlass said...

Lovely blog - just wondered if you know about the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling? It's on in a couple of weeks, and includes all sorts including films, talks, rides, books and cake! Just thought you might be interested... Just google edfoc for more info.

RG said...

I think we all look forward to your reviews and comments! Stock up on popcorn!!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Maureeen - I do indeed!

Rabbits Guy - thanks!

Knitlass - I do, yes, but as i can't ride a bike (shocking in an environmentalist, i know!) I never really pay much attention to it!

A Cuban In London said...

Thanks for the heads-up about he films. They all sound interesting. I will have to check their release date here in the capital. :-) Ta muchly.

Greetings from London.

Knitlass said...

Ha! You dont need to ride a bike to be part of the Festival of Cycling - there are talks (including the papercut artist), exhibitions (central library), and a film (ok, it is about cycling...)