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Edinburgh Film Fest Readies For 57th Annual Event

Edinburgh Film Fest Readies For 57th Annual Event

Edinburgh Film Fest Readies For 57th Annual Event

by Eugene Hernandez

Paul Giamatti stars as Harvey Pekar in “American Splendor,” which will close the Edinburgh Film Festival.

The 57th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will kick off next week, running August 13-24 in Scotland. The fest, which runs concurrent with a number of other arts festivals in the city, will open with David Mackenzie’s 2003 debut “Young Adam” starring Scotsman Ewan McGregor. The film festival will close with Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s splendid look at the life of comic book star Harvey Pekar, “American Splendor.”

Ten films will compete for the festival’s Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature. Included in the competition are Richard Jobson’s feature debut “16 Years of Alcohol” and Allison Peebles’ “Afterlife” (A New Found Film), both of which star Kevin McKidd, Simon Cellan Jones’ Beethoven period piece “Eroica,” Duncan Finnigan’s digital feature “Four Eyes,” Mike Hodges’ “Croupier” follow-up “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” May Miles Thomas’ “Solid Air,” Lone Scherfig’s “Wilbur,” Paul Morrison’s “Wondrous Oblivion,” and David Mackenzie’s “Young Adam.”

The EIFF launched as a documentary film festival in 1947 and remains committed to doc programming. Among the non-fiction films set to screen this year are Mazair Bahari’s story of a serial killer in Iran, “And Along Came a Spider,” Rory Kennedy’s look at a disturbed Southern child, “A Boy’s Life,” Andrew Jarecki’s family drama “Capturing the Friedmans,” Richard LaGravenese’s look at ’70s cinema, “A Decade Under the Influence,” Nathaniel Kahn’s search for his father, “My Architect,” and Mabel Cheung’s “Traces of a Dragon: Jackie Chan and His Lost Family.”

Gala screenings in Edinburgh will include Jim Sheridan’s Irish family epic “In America,” Lisa Cholodenko’s story of life in the Hollywood Hills, “Laurel Canyon,” Clint Eastwood’s latest “Mystic River,” Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s look at the life of murderous club kid, “Party Monster,” Jonas Akerlund’s wacked-out “Spun,” and Francois Ozon’s thrilling “Swimming Pool.”

Now doubt a hot ticket this year will be Matthew Barney’s screenings of his “Cremaster Cycle.” The acclaimed American artist will be in Scotland to present the experimental art films.

The Edinburgh Film Festival runs in August alongside the annual fringe festival, a jazz & blues festival, an intercultural festival of art, dance, fashion, food and music, a book festival, and other events.

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