Don't Miss! Weekend Picks of the Fest
After a great response to the last Don't Miss! – the Festival team has made another selection of films for you, all screening this weekend: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June. Which one will you pick?
Stories We Tell (21 & 22 June)
Rising star director Sarah Polley returns to EIFF with her debut documentary feature film. An investigation into the history of her own family, Polley layers interviews with family members and friends with archive footage and a recording of her father’s witty and revealing memoir. It's as much an investigation into the truth of storytelling as it is about her autobiography, filled with twists and surprises.
The Battle of the Sexes (21 & 23 June)
The match of 2 careers took place in 1973. Bobby Riggs, a self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig declared that, even at the age of 55, he could beat any woman in the world. Tennis star and women’s rights activist Billie Jean King – winner of 39 Grand Slam titles – challenged him. A rousing and hugely enjoyable documentary with a great soundtrack.
A Story of Children and Film (22 & 29 June)
Mark Cousins follows up his epic A Story of Film series with this rich and delightful examination of the way films have viewed children. 53 films from from around the world and throughout the history of film play together in this powerful demonstration of children in the movies.
Mushrooming (20 & 22 June)
Estonia's number one film of 2012, Mushrooming is a wild satire of media-driven post-Soviet politics. What begins as a day trip to pick mushrooms in the countryside becomes a comic nightmare in this lost in the woods series of encounters.
Magic Magic (23 & 24 June)
Michael Cera, Juno Temple, and Emily Browning star in this gem from Chilean director Sebastián Silva. It's a relaxing vacation turned supernatural nightmare and a holiday gone awry. Magic Magic is nominated for the Audience Award, giving you a fantastic opportunity to have your SAY.
Svengali (21 & 22 June)
Michael Powell Award-nominated Svengali follows a small-town man with big-time dreams. Expanded from a YouTube cult series, this is a smart and winning comedy which follows a couple as they leave their small Welsh hometown for London to become the manager of a big-time rock band.