Summer is here. And for the general population it is a time to celebrate in the sun. To spend days out of work, lolling on the grassy knolls of park. To sit in pub gardens with a cider in hand, swatting away wasps from the fruity nectar. To get burnt, terribly and then grumble half way through July that it is too hot and all you want is a lovely breeze. Ah yes, the scents of ice cream, barbeques and suntan lotion will be in abundance. But for film lovers? This is our time to sit indoors and explore the richest films cinema has to offer with the collection of incredible film festivals!
And one of the biggest, Edinburgh International Film Festival, kicks off its 69th year.
The biggest film on the roaster sees Ewan McGregor play our lord and savior Jesus Christ in Last Days in the Desert which fictionally documents that famed forty day stint to prove his faith. Pixar’s already lauded up new film Inside Out will also be screening to another audience who are in tears waiting to see it. Controversial Amy Winehouse documentary Amy will also be screening as it is in every film festival. Arnie Schwarzenegger exercises his tear muscles in an indie hit that sees him care for his zombie daughter Maggie.
Classic movies will also get their events. To celebrate thirty years, the Back to the Future trilogy will be screened with a complete orchestra accompaniment. To celebrate 100 years since Orson Welles’ birth, there will also be a screening of Third Man. Past films also include Salem’s Lot, Lord of the Rings, The Taking of Pelham 123 (original, of course) and rabble cult movie The Warriors.
Of course, we should mention the excellent shorts programme with a fantastic collection of fourteen short films events. The banners of films are Placing Performance, Staging The Self, Landscapes and Dream States, The Price of Progress, Forms of Experience, International Animation: Panorama, Borders and Margins, Bridging The Gap, Edgelands, Growing Up, Getting By and Mirroring Mexico. Highlights of the short include the beautifully terrifying The Pig Child, The Banana Republic, The Question Lingers, Quiet Zone, The Gift, The Third Dad, Under The Atmosphere, Loud Like Love, and The Letter.
Again, this is just a highlight of what to expect this year. With film festivals come thick and fast, make sure you don’t miss out on all they have to offer.
Check out the film program for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015 and buy tickets!