Things are looking up at Edinburgh Film Festival
We’re crossing our fingers and trusting that, after a period of decline, the Edinburgh Film Festival is on the way up again. The programme was announced on Wednesday and jewels abound.
There is plenty of domestic interest. Paul Duane and David Cairns’s excellent Natan, a study of French cinema pioneer Bernard Natan, will be unspooled to lucky punters. Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, founders of the Irish art project Desperate Optimists, follow up Helen, their feature debut, with a drama about identity called Mister John. Stephen Brown’s adaptation of John Banville’s The Sea stars the unstoppable Ciarán Hinds as an art historian returning to the town where he spent earlier summers.
High-profile releases receiving their first European outing include Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s COG.
The festival launches with Breathe In, Drake Doremus’s follow-up to his much-admired Like Crazy. Felicity Jones, star of that 2011 film, returns as a music student who becomes involved with her teacher.
There will be a focus on Swedish and Korean cinema.
The Michael Powell Award for best British film – cancelled for no good reason a few years back – is once again up for presentation.
So the omens are good, and it all kicks off on June 19th. See edfilmfest.org.uk
Emma Watson in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring