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This year’s Festival will further celebrate its 70th edition by screening a series of iconic films in their original 70mm format as intended by their legendary directors. This delightful delve into the widescreen glory of 70mm film offers audiences an increasingly rare chance to see a selection of magnificent and often epic films shown in the format they were designed and made for. The programme will include Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey; David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia; Jacques Tati’s Playtime and Akira Kurosawa’s Oscar®-winning Dersu Uzala.

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Patricia Highsmith is one of the most adapted-for-cinema authors of all time – from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951), through The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) to last year’s Carol. Although working (almost) specifically in crime fiction, the artistry and intelligence of her work is widely considered to have transcended the genre. This event and screenings launch a nationally-touring programme of the very best of the adaptations, organised by Filmhouse. We are delighted to be welcoming Joan Schenkar, Highsmith’s authorized biographer, to the Festival to help launch this exciting and unique project.

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A long and lingering look into some of the very best new American independent cinema. The budget ranges may vary and the cast may range from big stars to up-andcoming new talents, but this exciting, challenging and provocative group of films are united in striving for an original voice and allowing new work to thrive and prosper. The section has long been a mainstay of Edinburgh International Film Festival, and it is testament to the strength of the filmmaking scene in the US that we are able to present such an exciting and diverse group of new films.

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Our Animation strand continues to champion the risk takers and technical masters of the art form, featuring exciting new work and rarely-seen retrospective gems from across the world. As well as our usual focus on shorts, both British and international, this year's programme features not one, but two Masters of Animation: Ralph Bakshi and Barry Purves. The McLaren Award for Best New British Animation continues into its 26th year, and is once again generously supported by the British Council. We are also honoured to welcome our old friends Disney•Pixar back to Edinburgh with their wonderful new feature, Inside Out.

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The breadth of film talent - both in front of and behind the camera - is exemplified in our annual selection of the best of new British cinema, which features a remarkably strong and provocative selection of films. New work from Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland combines to explore a variety of styles and genres (with languages including English, Welsh, Spanish and Icelandic), but are united in their determination to tell new stories. Films in consideration for the prestigious Michael Powell award will be selected from this strand.

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Step into the thought provoking and perceptually stimulating world of experimental and artists’ film with this year’s exciting lineup of new works and historical explorations. From the playfully abstract to the politically engaged, the four shorts programmes deal with the body and technology, journeys and discoveries, ritual and transformation, and matters of the environment, whilst Lewis Klahr’s new feature Sixty Six builds a fantasy collage of 1960s ephemera. In the context of the Festival’s 70th anniversary, Black Box revisits the 1970s with two retrospective screenings and a special event celebrating one of the most important periods in the history of the Festival.

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The Festival ends on Sun 26 June with the World Premiere screening of Gillies MacKinnon's Whisky Galore!, starring Gregor Fisher and Eddie Izzard in this new adaptation of a much loved and highly treasured favourite.

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A selection of new works from some of the film world's greatest established and auteur directors. A broad range of styles and stories, all delivered with verve and panache, these films offer an enthralling insight into stories from around the world. An impressive and engaging group of films, Directors' Showcase is a striking insight into contemporary world cinema.

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The rise in popularity of documentary cinema has been a remarkable trend in recent years, with filmmakers stretching the boundaries of the format, tone and style of non-fiction films. This year's strand features a wonderfully strong and varied selection of new films and, to help draw emphasis to the genre, the festival is again exploring 'Doc of the Day' featuring a series of films all with themed events. The documentary section is a formidable way to travel the world and delve into fascinating real-life stories.

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An intriguing and exciting delve into some of the very best European films, many from new directors but unified in a powerful sense of vision and a passion for striking storytelling. With strong titles from France, Spain, Belgium, Greece, Germany and the Nordic countries, this remarkable selection of films make for bold, entertaining and challenging viewing.

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EIFF's annual FREE outdoor screenings in partnership with Essential Edinburgh are back once again, jam-packed with movie goodness. No tickets required - just turn up and enjoy a film in the comfort of your own city.

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There are films for everyone at EIFF, and our Junior titles are chosen for our young audiences and the young at heart. Cinema is a magical place where, for a couple of hours, we can travel anywhere and experience other worlds and different lives; it's exciting, emotional, informative and hugely entertaining - the adventure starts here...

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It may be small but Finland packs a punch when it comes to filmmaking. With similar population size to Scotland but four-times the landmass, Finland has strong successes at home and abroad with its film industry - their domestic audiences for Finnish cinema alone are one of the best in Europe. In partnership with the Finnish Film Foundation, EIFF presents a collection of new Finnish features and shorts, showcasing the best this nation has to offer. From Helsinki to Lapland, explore stories of underhand environmental business, unexpected connections and unsuccessful cheerleaders. See also Tectonic Plate screening as part of Black Box.

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EIFF welcomes you to a retrospective celebration of the unforgettable 'Cinéma du look' wave in 1980s and '90s French filmmaking. Powerful, provocative, poignant tales told from daring new perspectives, these dazzlingly bold films opened up exciting new directions and possibilities for French cinema at the time, and their influence is still clear today. This strand revisits key works by the three directors around which this seminal movement revolved; Jean Jacques Beineix, Luc Besson, and Leos Carax.

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A journey into the chilling, dangerous and often bloody side of cinema, with a selection of genre-busting edge-of-your-seat cinematic gems. Ranging from bloodthirsty horror to fantasy adventure, this selection of late-night screenings offer up horror and humour in equal measure, as well as delivering some serious pulse-pounding entertainment. Sit back and enjoy the crazed and crazy side of cinema from around the world.

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EIFF 2016 opens with the World Premiere of Jason Connery's enthralling golf drama Tommy's Honour. Shot entirely on location in Scotland, the film is based on the true story of golfing pioneer and legend Tom Morris and his turbulent relationship with his son.

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From explosive martial arts to chic '60s espionage via funky blaxploitation and far-out science fiction, this lively, affectionate strand is designed to trace the cinematic roots of the current tidal wave of superhero blockbusters. As Marvel and DC face off at the top of the global box office, EIFF invites you to take an international retrospective journey through cult genre in dynamic style, to explore in full the colourful evolution of the live action comic strip adaptation in cinema.

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A thrilling showcase of the finest, brand-new short films from across the globe, these specially curated selections invite audiences to traverse fascinating thematic pathways, and explore the innovative work of some of the most promising up and coming filmmakers, from the UK and further afield. Alongside works illuminating the multi-sensory experience of seeing and perceiving (Other Planes), the body is engaged as a site of radical transgression (Flaming Creatures) and investigations are made of the intersection of landscape and the individual (Voices from the Wilderness). Plus a special programme of the newest works from the film academies (Out of Bounds), and EIFF’s annual showcase of the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap selection.

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Once again, EIFF is delighted to present a series of special events that have been designed to complement our programme of films, immersing you in the cinematic experience in a variety of different ways. Whether it's experiencing classic cinema or having the chance to hear a Hollywood blockbuster score performed by Scotland's national symphony orchestra, these exciting, surprising and always insightful events will let you take your festival experience to a whole new level.

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A global array of international new works from talented and emerging filmmakers, providing a perfect platform for dipping into cinematic stories that will impress, beguile and challenge in equal measure. This section offers an intriguing snapshot into new film trends from around the world as well as offering up some bold, vibrant and exciting films.

Browse the World Perspectives strand »

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