On remembering Arthur Penn ….

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For 64 years, EIFF has played host to an impressive and astonishing array of international guests from around the globe. In 2006, we were delighted to include master filmmaker Arthur Penn on that list.

Visiting us to host a screening of his 1975 powerful, psychological thriller NIGHT MOVES, we were deeply honoured when he also agreed to join former Artistic Director Shane Danielsen, at Filmhouse, for what turned out to be one of the most entertaining and truly amazing on-stage interviews in EIFF’s history.

Memories of Arthur receiving a standing ovation from a capacity crowd will remain with us always.

This gracious man, with his supreme intelligence, and wonderfully offbeat sense of humour touched all our hearts. A true gentleman, with an enormous generosity of spirit, Arthur will be fondly remembered by all of us.

Our thoughts and best wishes go to his wife and family at this sad time.

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