Editor's Blog: The Final Weekend

Today on the EIFF blog, our Web Editor, Nicola Balkind, looks forward to some of her top picks of the Fest for Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June.

The Festival is almost over, and it's time for the final weekend hurrah.

There are plenty of new films to see, along with repeat screenings of this week's films and – of course – our beloved Best of the Fest selection.

So what will I recommend to you for this, our final weekend?

 

Saturday

Today, watch one of the Festival's fun documentaries, Doc of the Dead. Featuring interviews with the likes of George Romero, Simon Pegg, and Max Brooks, it's a history of the zombie genre with plenty of laughs and pop culture references thrown in for good measure. Catch it at its final screening today, Saturday 28 June, 6.15pm at Odeon. Read my interview with the director, Alexandre O Philippe, here.

I'm also looking forward to catching #ChicagoGirl – The Social Network Takes on a Dictator. This documentary explores how social media led rise to a revolution in Syria – from a 19 year-old's bedroom in Chicago. Join me at the final screening today, Saturday 28 June, 4.40pm at Cineworld.

Tonight, it's time to experience something a little bit different with Black Box Live. Read more about the event on Kim's blog, here. The live audio-visual extravaganza kicks off tonight, Saturday 28 June, 9pm at Traverse 1. See you there?

 

Sunday

My previous pick, I Believe in Unicorns, also has another screening this Sunday at 3.40pm. As I wrote last time: Leah Meyerhoff is an auteur in the making, with whimsy like Michel Gondry's and art direction to rival Sofia Copolla's – but framed with an eye of her own. This character piece may explore fantasy worlds, but it is its strong sense of personal drama which really shines through. Read my interview with Leah here.

Another previous "looking forward to" pick of mine did not disappoint. The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig has taken a rightful spot in the Best of the Fest line-up. This comedy-drama is filled with laughs and pathos, and it screens one last time on Sunday, 29 June, 9.05pm at Cineworld.

Another film which takes on the difficult subject of suicide with warmth and cheer is A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide. After two sell-out screenings it's back for Best of the Fest – catch it On Sunday 29 June, 5.55pm at Cineworld. You can also read my interview with the director, Graham Hughes, here.

 

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Nicola is a writer & EIFF Web Editor.

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