Oh how I wish I lived in the UK.
Let’s add the Edinburgh Film Festival to the ever growing list of why the UK is awesome. The festival is set to kick off on June 16, and not only does it open with one of my most anticipated films of the year, Sylvain Chomet’s ode to Jaques Tati (who wrote the script the film is based on), The Illusionist, but it features films from some of today’s most gifted directors.
Amongst the 133 features showing during the festival, films including Toy Story 3, Oscar award winner The Secret In Their Eyes, Steven Soderbergh’s Spalding Gray documentary And Everything Is Going Fine, and even Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant follow up, the film My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.
However, what is the real kicker, are the classic films showing this year. They include Five Easy Pieces, Went The Day Well?, and the final collaboration between the great duo of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, known as The Boy Who Turned Yellow.
To me, this is one hell of a lineup. While it doesn’t have the personal touches for me like say, SXSW with their showing of the greatest silent film ever made, The Passion Of Joan Of Arc, you really can’t go wrong with films ranging from Herzog to Powell/Pressburger pieces.
Source: US & UK Daily Cut