Edinburgh Film Festival 2012 programme launched
Chris Fujiwara reveals extensive world cinema programme for EIFF 2012
This year the Edinburgh International Film Festival's new director, Chris Fujiwara, has devised a brave and eclectic programme in an attempt to return the festival to its former glory. With a similar format to previous years - with several strands returning after a year's absence - the programme is particularly strong on independent and international cinema, with a few notable Hollywood exceptions, including its opening and closing features.
This year's festival will open on June 20 with William Friedkin's Killer Joe, a crime drama starring Thomas Haden Church and Emile Hirsch as a dim-witted father and son who conspire to kill their wife/mother in order to obtain insurance money. The festival will then run until July 1, premiering Disney-Pixar's Brave as its closing feature on June 30. Featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma ThomPson and Billy Connolly, this will be a fitting end to the programme as it focuses on a courageous red-headed heroine living in the Scottish Highlands. Keeping the tone of big-budget family-friendly fare is Dr Seuss' The Lorax, a CGI blockbuster that has already done big business in the States, with voices provided by Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Ed Helms.
One of the festival's new ideas for 2012 is the 'Pathways' format, which aims to connect films through common themes. Some of these include 'Edge of the Law – films about the world of crime' and 'Community and Conflict – films on themes of power, responsibility and history'. There's also the 'Pushing Boundaries' Pathway, described as 'films for the more daring and experimental film fan'. This includes the documentary Low Definition Control – Malfunctions, made by Australian director Michael Palm - a look at surveillance and social behaviour for an age defined by Big Brother's all-seeing eye. Also in this pathway is the French project, Molussia, which the programme describes as 'nine short, individually titled reels of colour 16mm film, which are presented in a random order determined before each screening.' The film is based on a text by German philosopher Günther Anders, where the title, Molussia, is the name of an invented dystopian country under the rule of a totalitarian regime. Also adding to an edgier feel to the festival is a Night Moves strand of late-night movies including outrageous and surreal comedy Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.
Featured prominently are a range of strands focusing on particular regions – including Denmark, South America and the Philippines. Although this year's festival may not include many big names (the most famous probably being Robert Carlyle) what you can expect is a programme rich with diverse and thought provoking films.
Not only concentrating on foreign cinema, the festival will this year hold the reinstated 'Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film', and for the first time ever documentaries will be competing alongside narrative films in a single category. The Awards ceremony will take place on 30 June at the Filmhouse.
Between 14-17 June the annual Under the Stars outdoor screenings of classic and family orientated films will be held in the gardens at St Andrew Square.
Tickets for the festival can be booked online at edfilmfest.org.uk, by phone on 0131 623 8030 and in person at the Filmhouse and Festival Theatre box offices. Ticket prices include concessions available to students, senior citizens, people registered as disabled, the unemployed and those aged below 18 in full time education. The festival also offers a multi-buy ticket offer, where by purchasing 8-12 tickets in one transaction you will receive a 10% discount and above 13 tickets a full 20% off.