Edinburgh looks for solid ground
The Edinburgh International Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday with a screening of Gerard Johnson’s British thriller Hyena. set among London’s drug underworld, it stars Peter Ferdinando and Stephen Graham.
The festival has, in recent years, been attempting to claw back the ground it lost after moving from August – during the Edinburgh International Festival – to June. This year, Anton Corbijn will be in town for his John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, featuring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Elijah Wood will support Andy Goddard’s bohemian adventure Set Fire to the Stars.
“A film festival must keep trying to remain challenging, provocative and responsive, and I believe the programme we are unveiling today shows our success at doing that this year,” Chris Fujiwara, artistic director, said. We’ll see. The event feels like a shadow of the grand festival it was just 10 years ago.