Artistic Director Shane Danielsen reflects on Cannes
Almost 105 films viewed, either whole or in part, in just under ten days. Screening rooms which, over the course of that time, turn from the pristine, faintly antiseptic smell of a new car, to odours ...
Almost 105 films viewed, either whole or in part, in just under ten days. Screening rooms which, over the course of that time, turn from the pristine, faintly antiseptic smell of a new car, to odours better suited to a homeless shelter.
Held as it is on the shores of the Mediterranean, as spring concedes to balmy summer, the Cannes Film Festival is indeed fun – but perhaps slightly less so for those of us who spend the better part of their time in darkened rooms, photosynthesising quietly.
Perhaps as a result, the event inspires a kind of hysteria. One high point came in the press screening of one of the competition films, when the laughter of the audience (it was, ostensibly, a comedy) inspired one European film academic to shout, "Will you f***ing film critic pieces of s*** take this seriously!?"
Cue further hilarity.
Cannes is the final stop in EIFF's programming, the last opportunity to find the newest and the best films from around the planet. As such, the stakes are high – yet EIFF's crack team of programmers were there, at session after session, faithfully watching the good, the bad and the merely indifferent.
Keen to know the results and start planning your August viewing? Here are the important dates for your diary:
Wednesday 13 July: the full programme listing will be available online.
Friday 15 July: the box office will open at midday for online sales, over the phone on 0131 623 8030, or in person at:
- Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, OR
- UGC Cinema, Fountain Park, Edinburgh
Wednesday 17 to Sunday 28 August: 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place