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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006 - Filmstalker watch list

EIFF.gifWell the Edinburgh International Film Festival has opened and tickets are selling fast. Stars are coming, films are to receive world premiere, and this year it looks as packed as ever.

I'll be attending, and so general news stories may be a bit light for two weeks as I have tons marked on my wishlist so far, although I will hopefully be testing out a cover writer for when I'm away.

So as I did last year I'll give you my wish list and see what you think, any you've seen and you'd suggest I do or don't go? Any you'd love to hear about that are or aren't on the list? Do you want me to see something I haven't listed?

I know there's a huge list here and times may clash but don't panic, there will be press screenings as well, combine those with the actual screenings and I could catch quite a few of these. I'll also be prioritising the list in an attempt to trim it down, so if there's anything you think is a must see, then tell me so and I'll mark it high.

The time for no sleep is coming. Have a look at the list over the page...

5 Days (Chamisha Yamim) Yoav Shamir / Israel / 2005 / 94 min 16 AUG 17:30, 18 AUG 18:30 Powerful new documentary, from the maker of Checkpoint (EIFF 2003).

51 Birch Street
Doug Block / USA / 2005 / 88 min
25 AUG 17:10, 26 AUG 19:15
Fascinating family saga - of interest only to those with parents, or children, or both.

An Inconvenient Truth
Davis Guggenheim / USA / 2005 / 97 min
27 AUG 15:30

Ants In The Mouth (Hormigas en la boca)
Mariano Barroso / Spain / 2004 / 95 min
16 AUG 19:15, 18 AUG 22:30
Slick, stylish neo-noir, set in pre-revolutionary Cuba.

Apart From That
Jennifer Shainin, Randy Walker / USA / 2006 / 120 min
15 AUG 19:30, 18 AUG 17:45, 25 AUG 22:00
Acclaimed debut feature out of the US; a future cult classic.

Art School Confidential
Terry Zwigoff / USA / 2006 / 102 min
16 AUG 20:00, 17 AUG 22:00
Second collaboration between Zwigoff and comic creator Daniel Clowes, after Ghost World (EIFF 2001).

Birds of Heaven (Les Oiseaux du ciel)
Eliane de Latour / France & UK / 2005 / 109 min
17 AUG 19:15, 18 AUG 21:45
Powerful, edge-of-the-seat drama, on the friction between the First and Third Worlds.

Black Brush (Fekete kefe)
Roland Vranik / Hungary / 2005 / 80 min
20 AUG 20:00, 22 AUG 15:00
Summertime, and the living is easy. Almost.

Black Sheep (Schwarze Schafe)
Oliver Rihs / Germany / 2006 / 94 min
19 AUG 22:00, 22 AUG 21:00
Five episodes. 100 minutes. And punk, down to the bone.

Busting
Peter Hyams / USA / 1973 / 92 min
15 AUG 21:30
A lost classic of the decade, rediscovered.

Cargo
Clive Gordon / Spain, UK & Sweden / 2006 / 90 min
23 AUG 19:45, 24 AUG 17:00
Gripping shipboard mystery, with a political conscience.

Clerks II
Kevin Smith / USA / 2006 / 97 min 25 sec
18 AUG 20:00, 20 AUG 18:00
Or: Dante and Randall strike back!

Colour Me Kubrick
Brian W Cook / UK & France / 2005 / 87 min
19 AUG 19:15, 21 AUG 21:30
One for film buffs everywhere: the astonishing true story of one of the greatest cons of the 1990s.

Dead Man's Cards
James Marquand / UK / 2005 / 92 min
21 AUG 19:45, 23 AUG 21:45
Gritty yet stylish British underworld drama ... an heir to the tradition of The Long Good Friday.

Deep (Diep)
Simone Van Dusseldorp / The Netherlands / 2005 / 85 min
25 AUG 17:20, 26 AUG 20:00
Stunning coming-of-age tale, set in the depths of a blighted decade.

First Love (Hatsu-Koi)
Yukinari Hanawa / Japan / 2006 / 115 min
19 AUG 22:15, 20 AUG 14:45
Retro romance meets gangland thriller in this stunning Japanese drama.

God Told Me To
Larry Cohen / USA / 1976 / 91 min
24 AUG 21:30
And let's face it, would you say no?

Guernsey
Nanouk Leopold / The Netherlands / 2005 / 90 min
16 AUG 21:45, 19 AUG 17:15
Magnificently composed study of one woman's life, and the demands of work and family.

H6 - Diary of an Assassin
Martín Garrido Barón / Spain / 2005 / 92 min
24 AUG 23:59, 25 AUG 14:00
Step inside the mind of a psychopath.

Holly
Guy Moshe / USA, France, Israel & Cambodia / 2006 / 113 min
16 AUG 19:15, 18 AUG 21:30
First feature as part of the 'K-11' project, highlighting the issue of child sex-trafficking.

Hotel Harabati (De particulier à particulier)
Brice Cauvin / France / 2006 / 94 min
22 AUG 21:45, 23 AUG 19:15
A dream holiday? Not quite. More a journey into madness.

How is your Fish Today?
Xiaolu Guo / UK & China / 2006 / 83 min
25 AUG 18:15, 26 AUG 13:15
Convention-defying feature debut from London-based Chinese filmmaker and novelist.

Jindabyne
Ray Lawrence / Australia / 2006 / 123 min
17 AUG 19:00, 19 AUG 17:30
Moody, mysterious and magnificent: a new drama from the director of Lantana.

KZ
Rex Bloomstein / UK / 2005 / 98 min 7 sec
22 AUG 18:00, 25 AUG 15:30
Powerful, measured study of one-time atrocity, now holiday destination.

Lives of the Saints
Rankin, Chris Cottam / UK / 2006 / 97 min
16 AUG 19:00, 18 AUG 17:00
Fascinating feature debut from the acclaimed British photographer.

My Country, My Country
Laura Poitras / USA / 2006 / 90 min
15 AUG 22:00, 17 AUG 17:30
The finest film to come out of the Iraq conflict.

Next Door (Naboer)
Pål Sletaune / Norway / 2005 / 75 min
23 AUG 22:15, 25 AUG 17:15
'Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours...'

Page Turner (Tourneuse de pages)
Denis Dercourt / France / 2006 / 85 min
24 AUG 20:00, 26 AUG 14:30
Classy drama of music and revenge; one of the breakout hits from this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Palimpsest
Konrad Niewolski / Poland / 2006 / 80 min
15 AUG 21:45, 16 AUG 19:40
n. A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible.

Reel Life: Charlize Theron 90 min
17 AUG 18:00
The all-rounder.

Reel Life: Kevin Smith 90 min
19 AUG 14:00
The maverick.

Reel Life: Sigourney Weaver 90 min
16 AUG 17:45
The star.

Reel Life: Steven Soderbergh 90 min
19 AUG 20:30
The filmmaker's filmmaker.

Seven Heavens (Sieben Himmel)
Michael Busch / Germany / 2005 / 92 min
21 AUG 18:00, 23 AUG 21:00
Dream-like journey into the subconscious; a crossroads between Mulholland Drive and Last Year at Marienbad. 'A dark masterpiece' - La Stampa.

Sheitan
Kim Chapiron / France / 2006 / 95 min
19 AUG 23:59, 20 AUG 15:00
Can you play Le Marsellaise on duelling banjos?

Shut up and Shoot Me
Steen Agro / Czech Republic & UK / 2005 / 88 min
21 AUG 19:30, 22 AUG 18:00
Riotous, dark comedy about murder, death, despair ... basically, all the good stuff.

Snow Cake
Marc Evans / UK & Canada / 2005 / 112 min
15 AUG 19:00, 17 AUG 17:10
Selected as opening night film at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

Sundays in August (Pal-wol-eui Il-yo-il-deul)
Lee Jin-woo / South Korea / 2005 / 105 min
20 AUG 22:00, 22 AUG 17:15
Discovery time for this excellent, unjustly overlooked South Korean feature.

The Aura (El Aura)
Fabián Bielinsky / Argentina / 2005 / 134 min
20 AUG 21:00, 25 AUG 21:30
Stunning second feature from the maker of Nine Queens.

The Crazies
The Crazies George A Romero / USA / 1973 / 103 min
26 AUG 21:30
Unsung classic, from Dawn Of The Dead maker - and 2005 EIFF guest - Romero.

The Empire in Africa
Philippe Diaz / USA & Sierra Leone / 2005 / 87 min
17 AUG 19:00, 19 AUG 21:00
Harrowing yet essential study of African genocide: one of the year's most powerful (and disturbing) docs.

The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief
Jake Clennell / USA / 2006 / 75 min
25 AUG 20:15, 26 AUG 15:15
Welcome to the many mysteries of Japan's 'host bar' phenomenon.

The Host (Guimul)
Bong Joon-ho / South Korea / 2006 / 119 min
16 AUG 22:15, 18 AUG 17:00
The hottest title at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The Killing of John Lennon
Andrew Piddington / UK / 2006 / 112 min
15 AUG 21:30, 16 AUG 17:30
In the footsteps of the assassin...

The Lost
Chris Sivertson / USA / 2006 / 120 min
20 AUG 21:30, 24 AUG 21:30
The most shocking and distinctive US indie of the year.

The Night Listener
Patrick Stettner / USA / 2006 / 91 min
25 AUG 19:00, 26 AUG 22:00
Something appropriate, in this year of literary hoaxes...

The Prodigy
William Kaufman / USA / 2005 / 118 min
25 AUG 23:45, 26 AUG 14:00
Meet the man who makes even the hard men quake with fear...

The Ring Finger (L'Annulaire)
Diane Bertrand / France & Germany / 2005 / 100 min
25 AUG 19:15, 26 AUG 14:50
A fairytale for grown-ups - complete with a big, bad wolf.

The Uncertain Guest (El Habitante incierto)
Guillem Morales / Spain / 2004 / 110 min
23 AUG 20:00, 25 AUG 17:00
Hitchcock-flavoured tale of paranoia, hysteria and solitude - the master could hardly do better.

Them (Ils)
Xavier Palud, David Moreau / France / 2006 / 79 min
17 AUG 23:45
Tired of outlandish horror movies? Want something really frightening? Then look no further...

This Film is Not Yet Rated
Kirby Dick / USA / 2006 / 97 min
20 AUG 19:00, 21 AUG 21:45
Star-studded investigation into the business of film censorship, from the maker of Chain Camera (EIFF 2001).

Twelve and Holding
Michael Cuesta / USA / 2005 / 95 min
19 AUG 21:45, 20 AUG 17:30
Second feature from the maker of the superb, controversial L.I.E. (winner of the New Directors Award, EIFF 2001).

Velvetelvis: When Games Met Film 60 min
21 AUG 18:00
After three-plus years in the land of the 'red pill', Rosanna Sun & John 'DJ' DesJardin of Velvetelvis Studios visit Edinburgh to discuss their roles as pioneers in the art of 'fusion' as it applies to interactive entertainment.

Who Needs Sleep?
Haskell Wexler / USA / 2006 / 78 min
19 AUG 20:00, 20 AUG 16:45
Timely polemic from veteran filmmaker, activist (and former EIFF juror) Wexler.

Wristcutters - A Love Story
Goran Dukic / USA / 2006 / 91 min
20 AUG 22:00, 21 AUG 17:30
Pitch-black comedy - one of the sleeper hits of this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Some of the reviews will also be appear over at Twitch, and they've suggested some other titles not yet on the list...

Al Franken: God Spoke Air Guitar Nation Brothers of the Head Interkosmos Midnight My Love

There's no way I'm going to see anywhere near this list, so help me out and tell me the must see movies and the ones you want to read about.





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Art School Confidential is pretty good, but not as good as Ghost World. I've been dying to see 51 Birch Street and This Film Is Not Yet Rated.

Other than those, I've got nothing.

Jindabyne is moody and mysterious, but I draw the line at "magnificent". Go only if you're in the mood for something REALLY GODDAMN EMOTIONALLY HEAVY AND GLACIALLY PACED. I've got to interview the director tomorrow... sigh.

Colour Me Kubrick... meh.

I'd like to see El Aura again, despite not having loved it at the Sydney Film Festival. As director Fabian Bielinsky died a couple of weeks ago, though, it'll be your last chance to see anything new by him.

God Told Me To and The Crazies are both delightful. The former is quite seriously flawed in some respects, but those flaws only add to its fascination; and you need to see the latter before the proposed Hollywood remake becomes a reality. (There was one due this year, but the IMDB entry for it hasn't been updated since April last year. Hopefully it's in development hell, never to leave.)

Sheitan will be making a DVD debut here sometime this year (though I think it's also appearing at the Melbourne film festival first). Looks potentially interesting. The distributor, Accent, are amassing an interesting collection of recent French films of a more extreme bent, and this looks to follow in the same vein.

Oh boy, I wish I can come back to Edinburgh! The festival is always in August is it Rich?

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