Last week we visited the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the world’s longest running film festival, now in its 73rd edition. During the festival the city was buzzing with events in different parts of the city, from Gala nights at the Festival Theatre, daily screenings at the festival HQ at Filmhouse, down to St. Andrew’s Square which hosted an open-air screen for free outdoors screenings of audience-pleasers and family movies.
This year the renowned festival presented to its audiences a European strand that included a rich variety of new voices, many of which are talented female filmmakers. The festival also celebrated the amazing life and career of the late Agnès Varda, the beloved French filmmaker who passed away last March at the age of 90. The retrospective included all of her most famous feature films, all free ticketed, plus a UK Premiere of her latest delightful work Varda By Agnès.
The film festival has also paid tribute to Scotland with a wide range of films, from the festival-opening film Boyz In The Wood by Edinburgh filmmaker Ninian Doff, about four teenagers taking part to the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the Highlands, to the World Premiere of Balance, Not Symmetry, a Glasgow-set drama about an American-Scottish art student, to the highly-anticipated Robert The Bruce, who stars Braveheart’s Angus McFayden in the leading role, as well as a long list of short films by talented, emerging Scottish filmmakers. We are glad to be bringing both Balance, Not Symmetry and Robert The Bruce to our screens in August. Keep an eye out for more EIFF films coming our way in the upcoming months!