Editor's Blog: Catch 'em While You Can

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As Fest-heads well know, you often have to be cut-throat while making personal scheduling choices. Here are some of my picks for films to catch the second time around

Bobby Fischer Against The World
If you liked Senna, you'll love this. Liz Garbus' revealing documentary tracks the life of World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer on his rise to fame and descent from sanity. Watch history unfold as he becames a champion and a pawn in the US' ideological Cold War. Last night's European Premiere is followed by a second screening on Monday 20 June at Filmhouse.

Bombay Beach
After a dazzling opening at the Joint UK Premiere at Sheffied Doc/Fest, Alma Har'el brings her feature documentary north to EIFF. It's the story of a forgotten town brought back to life through choreographed sequences and music composed by Zach Condon of the band Beirut. If you can't make it to tonight's premiere, another screening takes place on Friday 24 June.

This debut feature from Craig Viveiros is a gritty British prison drama starring John Lynch, Martin Compston, and Craig Parkinson. The World Premiere took place last night, and the follow-up screening is at the Cameo cinema on Monday 20 June. See it now ahead of its cinema release. Watch our exclusive interview with director Craig Vivieros and lead actor John Lynch.

Oliver Sherman
If you like a little nerve-splintering drama on a Saturday afternoon, this is an ideal pick for you. Screening today (Saturday 18 June) at 1pm, this solid little independent takes on lonely veteran Sherman Oliver, who travels to a rural town to reconnect with the soldier who saved his life during the war.

Under the Stars - St Andrew Square Screenings
If you'd rather enjoy the sunshine, grab your family, friends, and a picnic and make your way to St Andrew Square. EIFF has teamed up with Essential Edinburgh to bring you a schedule of smashing outdoor cinema. With everything from kid-friendly Robots and Shrek to music-filled classics Some LIke it Hot and Grease alongside action-adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark, it's impossible not to have a good laugh at St Andrew Square this weekend. Go check it out!

Need more suggestions? Take a look at our EIFF Recommends: Art in Motion and Music on Film. You might also like to take your old pops to see a film this Father's Day (it's tomorrow!).

What are you looking forward to this weekend at EIFF?

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