Editor's Blog: The 11th Hour
The final hours of EIFF are upon us! Our Web Editor, Nicola Balkind, recounts the Fest and looks forward to tonight's closing festivities.
I come to you with a last minute blog today to encourage you to take advantage of the final selection of films and events in our 2014 programme.
The 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival has been a blast, with fantastic Hero Hangout guests including Don Johnson and Elijah Wood. Today the final Hero Hangout, presented by EIFF and Empire, took place with the co-directors of tonight's Closing Night Gala film, Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne.
Empire journliast Helen O'Hara chaired the event, taking Simon Helberg through a career retrospective Q&A from his traumatic-sounding drama school experience, through web series work, and into projects as diverse as hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory and the Coen Brothers' film A Serious Man.
Helberg and Towne arrived in Edinburgh today (without their luggage, but looking no worse for the wear for it!). They discussed how they wrote and co-directed the story of their own break-up: a project which came about when Helberg had run out of ideas at a pitch meeting and told their unfortunate yet funny tale instead. The result was We'll Never Have Paris.
It was a compulsive, confessional time in his life, he told us, and he likens the experience to a quarter-life crisis. They also talked about some of their influences in making the film (Woody Allen's films Manhattan, Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters; Alexander Payne's Sideways, and others), and discussed their mutual affection for theatre and for screenwriting.
The pair will be back to introduce tonight's Closing Night Gala screening – check out the film page for more information.
If you're sticking around for more, I can also make some recommendations for tonight's Best of the Fest! Check out the work of local filmmakers Graham Hughes, Graeme McGeagh and Keith Grantham in A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide (5.55pm at Cineworld), and the similarly hilarious and warm The Skeleton Twins (9.05pm at Cineworld).
That's it from me for now – have a fantastic Closing Night and we'll see you again next year!