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EIFF may be winding down for another year but there’s still a chance to sit back, relax and catch a few more big screen events

For those who haven’t already snaffled a few shorts, the Nokia Shorts Weekender wraps up with Family Shorts, a selection of sweet stories to entertain young and old.

More mature viewers will love Jerzy Skolimowski’s The Shout based on a short story by Robert Graves. This surreal adaptation about a young man who ingratiates himself with the Fieldings, Susannah York and John Hurt, and disturbs their quiet lives in the Devonshire countryside was the 1978 Cannes Grand Prix du Jury winner. In other words, definitely worth a shout.

If Perfect Sense left you wondering, ‘just how likely is a widespread epidemic?’ EIFF will not leave you hanging. As part of the Reel Science programme, the Pandemic Double Bill of Danny Boyle’s gloriously gory 28 Days Later and Elia Kazan’s 1950s noir, Panic in the Streets, will be followed by a discussion from an expert in Infectious Diseases.

The final event in the Conflict | Reportage strand, and in recognition of National Armed Forces Day, is a screening of Danfung Dennis’s debut, Hell and Back Again. A must-see documentary that articulates the chaos of war more accurately than ever before and acknowledges the aftermath in Sergeant Nathan Harris’s journey from the frontlines to troubles at home.

And finally, actor-director Jean Marc-Barr, who is starring as Jack Kerouac in upcoming release Big Sur, brings you American Translation. A tale of young love gone crooked, Chris and Aurora are burdened by a disturbing secret which threatens to send their relationship into tailspin in this thrilling and atmospheric drama.

Also screening today are some Festival favourites. Check out our Maybe You Missed selection to enjoy some of the best films of the Fest before they disappear from the big screen.

Until next year, all the very best from EIFF!

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    Hey guys please don't Linden Method This year’s festival witnessed a slump in ticket sales and a welter of bad publicity, but now organisers are determined to put things right, Now organisers have finally admitted they got it wrong with this year’s event, in which ticket sales slumped, the number of premières were halved and there was widespread criticism of the lack of an artistic director. The board of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), the parent body for the festival, has already said a decision not to replace former artistic director Hannah McGill, who stood down in August 2010, backfired. She has only recently been replaced by a Japan-based American author and critic, Chris Fujiwara. Speaking at a film industry conference at the Royal Society of Edinburgh yesterday, she said: “Decisions were made last year that were less about the creative side of the festival and more about the management of it. The festival needs an excellent and knowledgable artistic director in place.
  • Joe Barry Tuesday 8th November, 2011 / 15:35 GMT

    Hey guys This year’s festival witnessed a slump in ticket sales and a welter of bad publicity, but now organisers are determined to put things right, Now organisers have finally admitted they got it wrong with this year’s event, in which ticket sales slumped, the number of premières were halved and there was widespread criticism of the lack of an artistic director. The board of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), the parent body for the festival, has already said a decision not to replace former artistic director Hannah McGill, who stood down in August 2010, backfired. She has only recently been replaced by a Japan-based American author and critic, Chris Fujiwara. Speaking at a film industry conference at the Royal Society of Edinburgh yesterday, she said: “Decisions were made last year that were less about the creative side of the festival and more about the management of it. The festival needs an excellent and knowledgable artistic director in place.
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