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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival


From June 18 to 29 this fest that always has interesting British movies will take place in Edinburgh. Here are some of the movies they will screen.

Opening Night Gala: The Edge of Love, John Maybury, UK, 2008 (yes, is “that” film with Kiera Knightley and Sienna Miller…we will soon find what they did with the story.)

British Gala
Better Things, Duane Hopkins ,UK, 2008
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures, Chris Waitt, UK, 2008
Donkey Punch, Oliver Blackburn, UK, 2007
Dummy, Matthew Thompson, 2008
Helen, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, UK and Ireland, 2008
Man on Wire, James Marsh, UK, 2008
Somers Town, Shane Meadows , UK, 2008
Stone of Destiny, Charles Martin Smith, UK and Canada, 2008
Summer, Kenny Glenaan, UK, 2008

A Selection from the Director’s Showcase
Gloss: The Director’s Cut, Andrei Konchalovsky, Russia, France and Belgium, 2007 (think Ugly Betty with a dose of new Russian capitalism… wow! This is the synopsis: With dreams of becoming a supermodel, feisty seamstress Galya leaves her small hometown and travels to Moscow, where she attempts to negotiate her way into the fashion industry. In this precarious new world of shallow celebrities, hardened criminals and dissolute politicians, will she ever appear on the cover of Beauty magazine? Veteran director Andrey Konchalovsky’s skilfully-crafted and energetic film is a colourful satire that goes further than The Devil Wears Prada ever dared…)
En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia), Jose Luis Guerin, Spain and France, 2007
The Kreutzer Sonata, Bernard Rose, USA, 2007
Avaze Gonejshk-ha (The Song of Sparrows), Majid Majidi, Iran, 2008

A Selection from the Gala Section
Before The Rains, Santosh Sivan, USA and India, 2007 (staring Nandita Das!!!)
Elegy, Isabel Coixet, USA, 2008 (the synopsis: Sexy, intelligent, sorrowful … and that's just Penelope Cruz. Adapted from Philip Roth's novel The Dying Animal, this exquisitely performed drama sees star Sir Ben Kingsley at his peerless best. He plays a professor who falls for Cruz's gorgeous grad student, only to find her sheer loveliness an impossible challenge to his ego. With Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson in support, and confident direction from Isabel Coixet, this is seriously classy stuff.)

There are two retrospectives, one with films with Jeanne Moreau and another with films by Shirley Clarke. There are many more “new” movies in the different sections, some quite interesting, so if you want to check info about the movies go here.

Lucky those that live nearby the fest!!!

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