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Ten must-see films at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Ten must-see films at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Feeling bamboozled by all the festival programme launches? Don't be afraid. Ask an expert.

Sambrooke Scott works for the Scottish Film Hub by day. Here he shares his top ten picks from the Edinburgh Film Festival Programme.

Iona

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There’s a lot of excitement and anticipation around the opening night film, Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson, but for me it’s the closing night film that I’m really looking forward to.

Scott Graham is a phenomenal talent and his stunning debut feature, Shell, didn’t get the attention it richly deserved at the time. I’m hoping that his follow-up - an emotional family drama set on the island of Iona - will raise the profile of this young Scottish filmmaker and match the promise of his early work.

45 Years

The Hollywood Reporter

Andrew Haigh is another up-and-coming British director whose film Weekend was a beautiful glimpse into the lives of two people who, over a weekend, explore an intense emotional connection they find developing.

This film looks at the other end of that emotional journey and promises to explore the breakdown of a relationship with the same perceptive, human eye displayed in his previous film.

The Wolfpack

VICE

Edinburgh always has a phenomenal documentary strand and this film is my most anticipated since it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

It tells the story of New York six brothers living in forced isolation who escape into the world of movies and imagination, recreating their favourite scenes in pains-taking detail, hand-crafting the costumes and props. It promises to be a fascinating glimpse into an unreal situation.

Chuck Norris vs. Communism

Variety

Sometimes all it takes is a great title to make we want to see a film, and this documentary has probably the best title of any film in the festival this year!

Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

IGN

This trailer contains some adult language and phrases

I wouldn’t define myself as a super geek, but I’m definitely geek-curious having grown up on a diet of comics from here and across the pond.

In recent years Marvel and DC have come to define how comics are presented in the mainstream so I’m looking forward to a small redress in the form of this documentary.

2000AD is hugely important in the history of world comics; it was anarchic, political, and punk to the core and was a starting place for many writers and artists whose work now define the modern era of the art form. A film documenting it’s influence is long overdue.

Transatlantic (Transatlantique)

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Sometimes you need to take a plunge into cinema that’s unbound by our conventional understanding of storytelling and the Black Box strand provides a brilliant opportunity to explore some more experimental work.

Santa Sangre

John Nelson

Jodorowsky is one of cinema’s visionaries, a truly unique voice who’s films are hallucinogenic dream-scapes of breathtaking audacity.

El Topo and The Holy Mountain are his masterworks, but a chance to see one of his later works back in cinema is a chance not to passed up.

The Third Man

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One of the great films of all time, and my personal favourite, with a unforgettable performance by Orson Welles, Anton Karas’ instantly recognisable zither infused score and that scene on the Vienna Ferris Wheel.

It’s back on the big screen in a gloriously restored version.

In Person: Seamus McGarvey in conversation with Haskell Wexler

There’s lots of great guests here this year - actors Ewan McGregor, Malcolm McDowell and Jane Seymour, plus director Johnnie To. All promise to be great events - but it’s the chance to see two great cinematographers come together to talk about their work that offers the chance for a rare glimpse into an often overlooked part of the filmmaking process.

Back To The Future

MOVIECLIPS Classic Trailers

Why am I recommending Back To The Future with a live score by Royal Scottish National Orchestra? Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Think, McFly, Think.

Written by Sambrooke Scott

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