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Round-Up: Guests & Best of the Fest

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Finding it hard to choose your picks from Best of the Fest? We've pulled together all our great interviews and features on some of our Best of the Fest films, along with many more Festival gems.

Best of the Fest:

The Sea (11am at Cineworld))
Audience members gave us their reviews of the Michael Powell Award-nominated The Sea.

Breathe In (11.05am at Filmhouse)
The Opening Night film returns to EIFF as part of Best of the Fest. We chatted to director Drake Doremus ahead of the red carpet event.

The East (12.10pm at Filmhouse)
Director Zal Batmanglij told us about working with friend, collaborator and rising star Brit Marling, and the themes and ideas behind The East.

Blackbird (12.55pm at Cineworld)
We spoke with co-stars Andrew Rothney and Norman Maclean about this wonderful film and its deep Scottish roots.

Desert Runners (5.45pm at Cineworld)
Jennifer Steinman told us all about the strong-willed runners who take to the desert in droves in one of the world's greatest tests of endurance.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax (5.50pm at Cineworld)
Jeanie Finlay told us about "the lies behind the lies behind the lies" in her new hit documentary, The Great Hip Hop Hoax. EIFFtv also chatted to the guys behind Silibil 'N Brains.

The Bling Ring (8pm at Cineworld)
Sofia Coppola's latest film, a teen heist romp, got the thumbs up from audience members at the Audience Award screenings earlier this week.

Frances Ha (9.15pm at Filmhouse)
Director Noah Baumbach and star Greta Gerwig – co-writers of Frances Ha – told EIFFtv about the film and their time in Edinburgh.

 

Best of the Rest:

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
Alex Gibney joined us for the UK Premiere of the film and told us all about Julan Assange, Bradley Manning, the story behind Wikileaks and the dark art of stealing secrets. The film returns to Filmhouse, 12-25 July.

Monsters University
Pixar Supervising Animator Scott Clark joined us, along with Mike and Sulley, for the Family Gala screenings of Monsters University. We caught up with him to hear more about the making of the film.

I Am Breathing
Co-directors Morag McKinnon and Emma Davie told us about I Am Breathing and the man who devoted his final months of life to raising awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.

Animation with Will Anderson
McLaren and BAFTA-winning animator Will Anderson joined us to talk about the Festival's Animation strand and some of the gems that lie within. 

Kiss the Water
The art of one Scottish woman's legendary salmon fishing flies is explored by director Eric Steel. He told us all about the story behind the film.

Comrade Kim Goes Flying
Co-director Nick Bonner tells us all about bringing this North Korean film to the Western masses and how well it's going down on the Festival circuit.

 

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