Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2008

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Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley, photo Lucas Miller

Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley, photo Lucas Miller

Cinema is without doubt the most popular art of our modern world. Museums are visited primarily by duty-plagued tourists; popular music is but a clamourous ruckus; books are an entertainment sadly lost on many, and fine theatre is a luxury, which cannot be easily reached by the provincial. Film is entertaining, cheap, and easily accessed by folk of both urban and rural habitations. It is an art of swift movement which appeals to our poor attention spans. Most contemporary films are trivial and pointless, but others may contain great profundity and meaning. Both have their place, making cinema the pinnacle of modern popular culture.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has now reached its 62nd year. Before, the film festival corresponded in time with the hectic August Edinburgh and Fringe festivals. This year, however, it is to be run from 18-29 June to allow movie-goers to focus their energies on film alone. It is the last “egalitarian” festival for film, where low budget meets blockbuster. All the others, to quote the hit King of Ping Pong (showing at the festival) are about “money, politics, and drugs.” The others (namely, Sundance and Cannes) have been mauled by Hollywood.

The Films Reviewed: Some of the Best and the Worst: more to come!

Before the Rains

Directed by Santosh Sivan, with Linus Roache – Henry Moores; Rahul Bose – T. K. Neelan; Nandita Das – Sajani; Jennifer Ehle – Laura Moores


Directed by Isabel Coixet, with Penélope Cruz – Consuela Castillo; Deborah Harry – Amy O’Hearn; Dennis Hopper – George O’Hearn; Ben Kingsley – David Kepesh

Married Life

Directed by Ira Sachs,
with Chris Cooper – Harry Allen; Pierce Brosnan – Richard Langley; Patricia Clarkson – Pat Allen; Rachel McAdams – Kay; David Richmond-Peck – Tom


Directed by Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, with Annie Townsend, Sandie Malia, Dennis Jobling, Sonia Saville, Danny Groenland

The Edge of Love

Directed by John Maybury, with Matthew Rhys – Dylan Thomas; Keira Knightley – Vera Phillips; Sienna Miller – Caitlin MacNamara

A Film with Me in It

Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon

Written by Mark Doherty

with Mark Doherty, Dylan Moran, Neil Jordan, Keith Allen, Aisling O’Sullivan, Amy Huberman

Standard Operating Procedure

by Errol Morris

Encounters at the End of the World

by Werner Herzog

The Conneries were also on hand. photo Lucas Miller

The Conneries were also on hand. photo Lucas Miller

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

by Bharat Nalluri

Goodnight Irene

by Paolo Marinou-Blanco

The Award Winners of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2008
courtesy EIFFJune 29, 2008

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