I took a look at the Edinburgh International Film Fest programme upon its release in May.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival once suffered a year of ignominy that still gets talked about in hushed tones, with critics whispering to one another, “I was there in 2011.”
In hindsight, I don’t see it as such a terrible time and there were some genuinely special films on screen that year. Honestly, if you haven’t seen Alma Har’el‘s Bombay Beach, you really should seek it out.
But some terrible choices of opening and closing films – I’m looking at you, Hyena – and a lack of sustained interest from better-known critical voices have meant that the last few years have remained low-key, and almost buzz-free too. But for local cinephiles, however, Edinburgh’s festival has remained an absolute treasure trove of undiscovered cinema.