Editor's Blog: Programme Reactions

The programme has been announced, the Festival team has blogged about the launch, and some highlights are live on the news page. Now, what does our Web Editor and roving Festival reporter, Nicola Balkind, have to say about the line-up?

Welcome to the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival! It has been an exciting launch and I've grabbed a few minutes to settle down with the programme and tell you about some of the films I'm particularly excited about.

The American Dreams strand featuring new works from independent cinema looks particularly strong – and the perfect opportunity to pretend I’m finally at Sundance.

C.O.G. promises to be an interesting adaptation of a personal essay by David Sedaris, one of my favourite writers. Despite plenty of evidence to dispute my idea that a film based upon something I like will also be something I enjoy, I refuse to give up on it.

If all else fails, this broke, Lena Dunham-admiring millenial can surely revel in the quarter life crisis depicted in Noah Baumbach’s new feature Frances Ha.

Did you know that EIFF began as a documentary film festival back in 1947? Our programmers are keeping up the tradition, particularly in New Realities strand, which features new documentary filmmaking from around the world.

Festivals are my favourite place to see documentaries and this promises to be a trove of not-so-hidden gems. Lunarcy! has captured my attention, a gentle documentary about a group of men who are obsessed with the moon. 

This along with endurance enthusiasts of Desert Runners, and a pair of Scottish blaggers in The Great Hip Hop Hoax make New Realities a stand-out strand for this blogger.

This year’s festival is also filled with some eloquent little delights. So many, in fact, that literature got its own Pathway. Ruby Sparks was one of my top films of 2012, so I’m hopeful for a twist on that tale in Not Another Happy Ending, which is set in Scotland.

Blackbird is also a wee Scottish tale revolving around an artistic type, a ballad singer whose small town is dying off as his neighbours make moves towards the big city. Blackbird screens as part of the Michael Powell Award Competition.

Meanwhile Reaching for the Moon (Flores Raras) is the 1950s-set story of poet Elizabeth Bishop and college friend, Mary, whose relationship unfolds against the backdrop of a rapidly-changing Brazil.

Finally, fellow film lovers will be drawn to the sound of Celluloid Man, which follows Indian filmmaker PK Nair to create “a portrait of a man and a loving history of film and film-going in India.”

In the meantime, don’t forget to keep up with me and the Festival team! You can follow our blogs here throughout EIFF, keep up with the latest on the News page, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@edfilmfest).

Don't forget to tweet us your thoughts about the Festival using #edfilmfest – we'll feature the best in blogs throughout the Fest.

What are you most looking forward to in this year’s Festival programme?

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Nicola is a writer & EIFF Web Editor.

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