5 Highlights from Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Programme
Damn, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is now in its 70th year! We always attempt to make a large impact at the festival – articles, spew out as much reviews as possible etc. Last year, we managed several – but due to the loss of our website, only one remains.
Onwards and upwards right? I’ve feverishly read through the festival programme and here’s a list of my personal “MUST SEE MOVIES” aka a top five list! Happy reading and thank you for visiting filmsandswearing.com – we have a podcast!
The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell)
A playful murder mystery set in a Welsh library? I know, it sounds like an M.C. Beaton novel, but The Library Suicides is in the capable hands of the team behind Doctor Who and Broadchurch. This Welsh language thriller is about twin sisters/librarians (Catrin Stewart) who are led to believe that their author mothers suicide is murder. The mothers last words points the finger her biographer! It’s being described as stylish, playful and enjoyable? Sign me up! You’ve borrowed my attention (sorry).
The Lovers and the Despot
This is a Documentary that focusses on a famous classic film duo, Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee – director and leading lady combo, their relationship is highlighted by interviews with Choi Eun-hee and a archive of past footage. Sounds pretty straight forward, sweet actually. The hook comes from the last sentence though. Keyword? Imprisonment.
The documentary teases topics such as spies, kidnapped movie stars and the bizarre leading role for the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.
Slash Fiction the movie! Sort of, or is it /Fiction? I am out of touch. Anyway, in /Slash/ we follow the lives of two youths and their affection for writing about their chosen fandom. And, where you can push the limits of your fandom and when your thoughts about fictional characters go a little too far. There’s an outlet for those wanting to read those tales. It may seem bright, but I can imagine this is being a dark cautionary tale.
Zombies! The trend will never tire, The Rezort follows the world following after the Zombie outbreak. Where most of the Zombies have been eradicated and the remaining numbers have been pushed into hunting resorts. Thus allowing the wealthy to hunt and kill ‘walkers for a high price!
But like all Zombie/Resort movies – things go wrong and when things go wrong – you need Dougray Scott!
This was an obvious one right? We all know that myself and Andy are big Kevin Smith fans (examples 1, 2 & 3). The chance of seeing his latest film in cinemas is a must – why? Smiths film making is very niche, he’s realistically making movies for his own amusement – the True North Trilogy is ideas spun from Smodcast – filled with in-jokes and references for him and his fans should/would savour. It make not get a wide cinema release in the United Kingdom, Tusk never made it further than its UK Premier in Leeds! So if there is your motivation to catch those ‘hosers on the big screen!
And with any luck, we will attempt to view, review and podcast about a couple of these titles! Especially with Kevin Smith being in person in Edinburgh the week Yoga Hoser screens.
Tickets are on sale to the public from Friday, grab yours by visiting; http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/