2012 Programme Launched

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Welcome to Edinburgh International Film Festival! Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara revealed the 66th programme this morning and it's more global than ever before.

The 66th EIFF programme is a global journey of films with a schedule packed to accommodate 121 new feature films including 19 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 11 European Premieres, and 76 UK Premieres. 

These films from 52 countries feature alongside 29 more as part of 2 Retrospectives on filmmakers Gregory La Cava and Shinji Somai, and the return of Special Screenings with classics from the archives and one-off previews, and of course our late-night selection titled Night Moves.

The Festival and its 150 feature films will open with the previously announced and much anticipated Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by William Friedkin, on Wednesday 20 June. 

This year sees the return of awards, with the Michael Powell Award Competition returning to crown the Best British Feature Film. This year, for the first time, documentaries will compete alongside narrative films. The 10 competitors include Berberian Sound Studio, Day of the Flowers, Flying Blind, Future My Love, The Impostor, Life Just Is, One Mile Away, Pusher, Shadow Dancer, and Small Creatures. Another award will be given for Best Performance.

This year we also reestablish a lost tradition in the returning International Competition. 14 films, including 5 documentaries, will compete from countries as far off as Chile (The Lifeguard) and Brazil (Girimunho) to highlight international talent and upcoming directors.

New and up-and-coming directors will also be highlighted in the fit-to-bursting New Perspectives strand, which provides a global array of vital new work by over 30 emerging directors around the world. Highlights include the Korean film Sleepless Night, which takes on the little-explored lives of a married couple contemplating having a baby, Berlinale's critical favourite Tabu which Fujiwara calls, "one of the most remarkable films to have been made recently," and It Looks Pretty From a Distance, by Polish photographers on their first-time filmmaking venture.

More established directors are also foregrounded in the Directors' Showcase, a selection of 15 classics of the future from the international auteurs of our time. This includes one of a few picks from Cannes, 7 Days in Havana, alongside the French Canadian Bestiaire, and Sri Lankan gem Him, Here After which deals with the country's Civil War and Tamil movement.

This year's programme also hones in to spotlight particular countries. The Focus on Denmark highlights three documentaries from the country known for its crime thrillers. Meanwhile, Looking South showcases the vitality of filmmaking in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The 'winner' of the longest film goes to the 6-hour Florentina Hubaldo, CTE in our Philippine New Wave strand, which we hope will capture the imaginations of Festival-goers as it highlights the creativity of young independent filmmakers in the Philippines.

If that wasn't enough, our Black Box experimental selection, Animation strand, and Shorts programme are all stronger than ever, and the selection of Special Events includes some great In Person interviews and masterclasses.

We know this is a lot to take in, so to help you put together your viewing selection we are introducing Pathways. Each Pathway is a group of films, selected from across the different strands of the EIFF programme, that are linked by common themes or that appeal to particular tastes. Pathways include Teenage Kicks (films for 15-year-olds and upwards), Played for Laughs (films for comedy lovers); Relationships (films on love, couples and relationships), and Community & Conflict (films on themes of power, responsibility and history). The website is also introducing My EIFF which will allow you to put together and share your own viewing schedule online.

Everything wraps up on 30 June with Pixar's Brave.

Tickets for all films and events go on sale at 10am on Thursday 31 May. Filmhouse Members can enjoy priority booking on Wednesday 30. Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone on 0131 623 8030 or in person at Filmhouse.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Festival!


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