Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012: 20 June – 1 July
The Edinburg International Film Festival (EIFF) is held every year during summer as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Since 1947, EIFF has been at the forefront of films and filmmaking. Many critically acclaimed films that have gained mainstream prominence were first screened during the festival, including The Hurt Locker, Knocked Up, An Inconvenient Truth, and even Pixar’s hit, Ratatouille!
If there’s one thing that differentiates EIFF from the many other film festivals held all over the world, it’s that EIFF’s programme revolves around strands that string various genres and themes together. Whether you’re a film enthusiast, a regular audience member or a filmmaker, there’s a strand that suits your interests. The EIFF also provides extensive platforms for the development of new talents, trends and perspectives – everything from physical venues, cafes to its film awards and strands of programs that bring audiences and filmmakers together to explore and inspire new possibilities.
This year’s festival is no exception, with the Black Box Strand showcasing innovative and adventurous experimental films. Encouraging filmmakers and audiences to see global issues from via a less conventional looking-glass, the New Perspectives strand is set to be one of the most interesting strands this year. Several strands also shine the spotlight on notable film gurus, with Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing, Japanese cinematographer Shinji Somai, and the master of screen cinema, Gregory La Cava among this year’s highlights.
Filmhouse – 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
The building at 88 Lothian Road is the official venue of. With merchandise stalls, food and drinks served in between screenings and the information booth, the Filmhouse is certainly the heart of this year’s festival. The EIFF awards ceremony will be held here.
Cineworld – Fountain Park, 130/3 Dundee Street, Edingburgh, EH11 1AF
A large cinema complex with all screens on the same level, Cineworld features several amenities for the physically handicapped to enjoy the festival’s offerings. They will also be screening some of EIFF’s hot favourites, including Lovely Molly, Wu Xia (Dragon), and Tahrir: Liberation Square.
Cameo – 35 Home Street, Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ
Another accessible and well equipped theatre, Cameo is one of the cinemas that provide free wi-fi and allow alcoholic drinks to be brought in. Cameo will mainly be screening the Short Films series throughout the festival, touching on a series of topics on identity, perception, and dreams.
Now, if you haven’t got all week to watch every single film, we’ve gone through all the films and came up with the few great screenings in the last few days of the festival that should not be missed:
One.Two.One (Yek.Do.Yek) (27 Jun)
Directed by Mania Akbari, this Iranian film tells the story of a beautiful woman who was disfigured in a freak accident. It questions the human and intimate nature of relationships between artists and the world – an allegory of how many filmmakers from oppressive regimes are often silenced and imprisoned.
Animation Panel: Running Out of Film (28 Jun)
One of the free ticketed events that require an online booking, this film-documentary presents to audiences how animation has evolved over the years, and contends that digital animation has rendered ‘film’ obsolete.
Venue: Filmhouse 1
Black Box Shorts: A Sense of Unease (29 Jun)
Every had the creeping feeling that something is amiss, or just an uneasiness which you cannot pinpoint? Let experimental filmmakers from Canada,US and Europe take you on a multi-sensory experience where they try to describe and reproduce this strange feeling under your skin.
Venue: Filmhouse 3
V/H/S (28 & 30 Jun, World Premiere)
Directed by David Bruckner, Ti West, Adam WIngard, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg and Radio Silence, V/H/S is a horror film that centers around a mysterious and rare VHS cassette. A bunch of gangsters are hired to steal the cassette in an abandoned house, only to find a dead body among hundreds of other video tapes. As they try to find out which is the right one, a series of terrifying events are revealed.
Venue: Filmhouse 1
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