Ed­in­burgh looks for solid ground

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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.

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