From Kathmandu to Edinburgh
Neasa Ní Chianáin’s controversial Fairytale of Kathmandu, dealing with poet Cathal Ó Searcaigh’s activities in Nepal, is one of 22 films competing for the best documentary feature award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. It was the subject of extensive media debate when shown at the Dublin festival and on RTÉ this year.
Documentaries competing at Edinburgh include Errol Morris’s Standard Operating Procedure, on the Abu Ghraib prison; Werner Herzog’s Antarctica-set Encounters at the End of the World; James Marsh’s Man on Wire, detailing a Frenchman’s progress eight times across a wire suspended 1,350 feet above ground between the former Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in 1974; and Chris Waitt’s reflections on his disastrous affairs in A Complete History of My Sexual Failures.
Edinburgh opens on June 18th with John Maybury’s The Edge of Love, featuring Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas, with Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy.