Thursday, 19 June 2008

A bit of glamour

The 62nd Edinburgh International Film Festival kicked off last night in style, with the world premiere of John Maybury's film The Edge of Love, starring Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller, plus Matthew Rhys (as Welsh poet Dylan Thomas) and Cillian Murphy. Also in attendance were festival patron Sean Connery, filmmaker Terence Davies and actor Danny Huston. Some of today's festival highlights...

Of Time and the City (Terence Davies, UK) - review coming tomorrow.

Summer Hours (Olivier Assayas, Fr) ****
French filmmaker Assayas examines the changing face of the family in a fragmented world. With vivid characters and a story anyone can identify with, the film is packed with telling and moving observations.... MORE >

Elegy (Isabelle Coixet, US) - review coming soon.

The Song of Sparrows (Majid Majidi, Iran) - review coming tomorrow.

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (Chris Waitt, UK) ***
With a willingness to make himself look like a complete loser, filmmaker Waitt creates a hilariously entertaining mock-documentary that strangely blurs fact and fiction... MORE >

Before the Rains (Santosh Sivan, India) ***
Sumptuous camera work and strongly internalised acting make this morality play worth seeing as an intriguing examination of a serious culture clash. But it's all slightly underdeveloped... MORE >

Blood Car (Alex Orr, US) - review coming tomorrow.

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