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Edinburgh International Film Festival announces retrospectives for 2016

Cinéma de Look celebrates French film, while there's plenty for fans of comic books and superheroes

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Edinburgh International Film Festival announce retrospectives for 2016

Subway, with Christopher Lambert

With a suitably sexy YouTube edit, Edinburgh International Film Festival announces a 2016 retrospective celebration of the ‘Cinéma de Look’ wave of French films in the 1980s and early 90s.

It’s been 30 years since the festival opened with the UK premiere of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s iconic romance, Betty Blue, so the timing couldn’t be better for a return. Beineix, Luc Besson and Leos Carax are three directors around whom the movement revolved and the films appearing in this strand include: Beineix’s Betty Blue (1986) and Diva (1981), Besson’s Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988) and La Femme Nikita (1990) and Carax’s Mauvais Sang (1986) and Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (1991).

The acting stars that came out of these visually stunning films are a veritable who’s who of French cinema of the last three decades. It was a showcase for talents such as Jean Reno, Christopher Lambert, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Julie Delpy, Michel Piccoli and more. It is also expected that some of these names will attend this year’s festival.

For something altogether sillier, ‘POW!!! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptations: The First Generation’ should delight those who revel in the spandex-clad superhero predecessors of today’s tidal wave of city-destroying blockbusters from Marvel and co. Okay, so they won’t all reach the kitsch heights of Adam West’s seminal Batman movie, but the strand taking an international journey through the cult genre, from martial arts to chic 60s espionage via funky blaxploitation and far-out science fiction.

Titles will include Jean Jaques Vierne’s TinTin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece (France/Belgium 1961), Joseph Losey’s Modesty Blaise (UK 1966), Leslie H. Martinson’s Batman: The Movie (USA 1966), Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik (Italy 1968), Roger Vadim’s Barbarella (France/Italy 1968), Junya Sato’s Golgo 13 (Japan 1973), Kenji Misumi’s Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (Japan 1972), Corrado Farina’s Baba Yaga (Italy/France 1973), Arthur Marks’ Friday Foster (USA 1975) and Robert Altman’s Popeye (USA 1980).

Senior Programmer Niall Fulton commented: ‘With superhero cinema dominating the international box office, the time is right for EIFF to take an affectionate look back at the weird, wild, and wonderful world of the big screen comic strip adaptation. It's a unique and exciting opportunity to see a selection of rare, iconic cult classics the way they should be seen, and provides a highly entertaining insight into the provenance of this current global phenomenon.’

Edinburgh Interntional Film Festival 2016 takes place 15–26 Jun.

EIFF 2016 | Look Again: A Celebration of Cinema Du Look

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