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EIFF launches 2005 Programme

It's here! Featuring more World Premieres and Reel Life events than ever before, EIFF proudly presents its 2005 Programme With much excitement and anticipation, the Programme for the 59th Edinburgh ...

It's here! Featuring more World Premieres and Reel Life events than ever before, EIFF proudly presents its 2005 Programme

With much excitement and anticipation, the Programme for the 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival made its debut appearance at the Filmhouse today. 

Between the slick black covers of this year’s programme are 78 pages of amazing films and events:  a wonderfully diverse British Gala section, the 10th anniversary of the Mirrorball programme, and a whole host of exceptionally talented guest filmmakers, editors, and actors all promise to make this Festival an entertaining and eye-opening experience.

The Festival kicks off with Richard E. Grant’s directorial debut Wah-Wah, a semi-autobiographical coming of age story set in Swaziland in the 1960’s. The closing night film is Nick Drake’s The Business, which EIFF Artistic Director Shane Danielsen describes as a “gangster movie with intelligence.” 

The 10th anniversary of Mirrorball will be celebrated with the UK premiere of Thumbsucker, promo director Mike Mills’ feature film debut. Starring Keanu Reeves and Tilda Swinton, Thumbsucker is a deadpan comedy delight. 

This year’s Reel Life programme reads like a who’s who of filmmaking greats: New American Cinema writer/director Paul Schrader (who penned such classics as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull); pop culture king Joss Whedon, creator of the critically acclaimed series Buffy: The Vampire Slayer; and Thelma Schoonmaker, one of the greatest editors in cinematic history will all be subjects of in-depth Reel Life interviews. 

From the gore fests of Late Night Romps, to the fine aesthetics of the Black Box programme, to the crowd pleasing British Galas, to the art-house world of the Rosebud section, there are a multitude of films to see and talk about at this year’s Festival. 

Copies of the Programme are now available at all Film Festival venues (Cineworld (formerly UGC Cinema) the Cameo, and the Filmhouse), and at key cultural outlets citywide.  Copies are also available by calling the Programme hotline on 0131 229 2550.  

Tickets for all films and events will be on sale from noon on Friday 15th July, in person, online or by phone.  

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