Festival Preview: EIFF2013
For some, June means exams.
For others, it’s Wimbledon. And for a select few, June means Edinburgh International Film Festival. Not to be confused with Edinburgh Comedy Festival – though not one person in the city knows the difference – this is two weeks of filmmakers, industry and press descending on the Scottish capital for the ultimate in movie marathons.
Edinburgh showcases everything, from arthouse to blockbusters, from the gory to the downright bizarre. And this year, HI! is getting in on the action.
Our editor is heading north to get the latest news, views and reviews from this year’s plethora of film. We covered the festival to a lesser extent last year, and you can check out EK McAlpine’s reviews of a few of 2012’s films here.
So, what should you keep an eye out for this year? Apart from keeping track of our hashtag, #HIGoesToEdinburgh (or the more personal #EKGoesToEdinburgh when you want to hear about blisters, booze and bed bugs), check out the films we’re tipping to make waves.
Last year, Pixar premiered Brave at EIFF, complete with a rather terrified Merida lookalike posing for photos outside the cinema. It was another string of success to add to Pixar’s family-friendly bow. But will the highly anticipated sequel to Monster’s Inc delight the younger Pixar fans, or is it just another treat for the more mature moviegoers?
Not Another Happy Ending
This film has generated the most buzz for EIFF2013, purely because Karen Gillan’s in it. Similarly, if it’s terrible, Gillan’s performance will be enough for everyone to say it’s good. Even if that’s terrible too.
Last year’s stand out horror movie had to be V/H/S, an anthology piece that both challenged and played with the conventions of the genre. Japanese horror films are constantly remade by Hollywood producers, which can mean only one thing; they’re good. Will The Complex live up to these expectations?
The Berlin File
It’s a South Korean espionage thriller. Why the hell would you NOT want to watch this?
Before You Know It
Documentaries at Edinburgh can be as heartwarming as they are exciting. Both The Imposter and First Position were stand out films of 2012. The stories of three American gay men in their sixties, Before You Know It looks set to follow in that success.
The Bling Ring
Sofia Coppola and Emma Watson. The ultimate Hollywood dream team? We’ll find out. The synopsis reads well enough, as a ‘stylish take on celebrity culture’ that’s ‘based on an incredible true story’.Will it live up to the hype? Will Emma Watson be able to shake the buck-toothed iconic role of her adolescence? And more importantly, will Watson’s time stateside ensure a believable Californian twang?
Juno Temple of Killer Joe fame returns this year to Edinburgh in the form of Alicia, a teenage girl who heads to a ‘remote Chilean island’ for a ‘relaxing break’. As the title implies; magic stuff happens. Yeah. We’re not sure either.
Twitter’s EIFF tag is merrily a-rumble with talk of Ridley Scott’s latest offering to the world. (Anything’s got to be better than Prometheus, right?) The story of ‘young eco-terrorists’ being infiltrated by Britt Marling’s security firm agent could come across as Scott trying too hard for a contemporary angle, given that he is a connoisseur of futuristic sci-fi.
The Colour of The Chameleon
A satire on the latter days of the Eastern Bloc. Um, yes please?!
We Steal Secrets
Wikileaks is a very fashionable topic to do a film on these days. Whether you’re trying to cast Sherlock as the would-be guest of Ecuador, or just making a documentary about Manning and Assange, you’re going to be onto a box office hit. Will it be bias? Probably. Will it make any sense? Unlikely. Will it be full of factual evidence, including Assange’s lawyer’s comments on the ‘alleged rape’ in Sweden? Definitely not.
So, there you have it.
Our predictions for the most interesting films of Edinburgh 2013. Can’t make it to the capital? Not a problem! Pour yourself a scotch, download The Melodic Sound of Bagpipes and follow #HIGoestToEdinburgh on twitter. It’ll be just like the real thing.