From Kath­mandu to Ed­in­burgh

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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.

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