Bigger, greener, wiser? Cannes Film Festival returns after 2020 washout
After skipping a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the world’s premier film festival returns to the French Riviera for a bumper edition running through July 6-17. FRANCE 24 lifts the curtain on the crucial – and trivial – things you need to know about the 74th Cannes Film Festival. When cinema’s hotshots and wannabes last gathered along Cannes’ palm-tree-lined Croisette in the spring of 2019, the world’s most glamorous film festival opened with a droll but dire warning of impending doom: a man-made apocalypse of zombies stirred from their slumber by polar fracking.
Organisers of the Edinburgh International Film Festival have pledged the event will be a “safe celebration of cinema” when it makes a comeback with programme boasting 31 world premieres and 36 outdoor events. © Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal will star in the festival's closing film, Here Today. Picture: Car...
The 74-year-old event will roll return to the Festival Theatre and the FIlmhouse, and host free screenings at Port Edgar Marina and St Andrew Square Garden, after returning from a hiatus of more than two years.
New films starring Billy Crystal, Nicolas Cage, Rebecca Hall, Richard E Grant, Sharon Horgan, Morven Christie, Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard will all be unveiled at the event.
James Robertson: 'I wanted to write about a vision of a place'
James Robertson spent lockdown living in an imaginary glen; his new novel makes it vividly real © James Robertson There’s no such place as Glen Conach, so when you’ve finished reading James Robertson’s new novel, News of the Dead, which is almost entirely set there, don’t bother searching it out. It’s not a fictionalised Glen Esk, nor is it Glen Isla under another name or a disguised Glen Doll. Which is rather a shame, because after you’ve turned the final page, you might well want to go there.You often hear novelists talking about the importance of a sense of place in their work.
The cinematic celebration will get underway this weekend against the backdrop of the Forth Bridges with a series of nautical-themed screenings, include Jaws, Titanic, Whisky Galore! and Whale Rider. © Free outdoor screenings are being staged by the film festival at Port Edgar Marina and St Andrew Squ...
Seven consecutive days of screenings will be held in St Andrew Square for the first time to coincide with the main dates of the festival in August. However tickets to see classics such as The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, Casablanca, Star Wars and Grease must be booked in advance this year under plans to have social distancing at all indoor and outdoor screenings.
The festival, which has a premiere line-up around a quarter of its normal size, will officially get underway with the European premiere of Cage’s acclaimed new drama Pig, which sees him play a reclusive truffle hunter who returns to his hometown after the abduction of his prized pig. Crystal’s new comedy, which sees him star opposite Tiffany Haddish in a New York-set tale about a veteran comedy writer who befriends a street busker, will close the festival.
Q&A: The cast of The Road Dance on the eve of Edinburgh International Film Festival premiere
Love and loss, birth and death, secrets and choices, rules and the breaking of them, all tied up in the landscape and culture of the Western Isles, fill the big screen this week in The Road Dance, premiering at The Edinburgh International Film Festival. © Hermione Corfield stars in The Road Dance, Richey Adam's feature film set in Lewis in the early 20th...
© Gemma-Leah Devereux stars in The Bright Side, which focuses on a stand-up comic diagnosed with cance...
Highlights include two eagerly-awaited new musicals - recent Cannes curtain-raiser Annette, which has been masterminded by Sparks musicians Ron Mael and Russell Mae, and stars Driver and and Cotillard, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which features Horgan and Grant in an adaptation of the hit stage show.
Ruth Meehan’s debut feature The Bright Side focuses on the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on the life of a stand-up comic. French feature comedy Mandibles focuses on two friends who embark on a get-rich-quick scheme after discovering a giant fly in the trunk of their car.
Horror highlights include American psychological thriller The Night House, which sees Hall play a widow who begins to unravel her recently deceased husband’s secrets, and British ghost story Martyrs Lane, which focuses on a young girl confronting her fears while living in a vicarage.
Edinburgh Film Festival: Rocky Horror, The Goonies and Star Wars to screen at EIFF - here's how to get tickets
Tickets went on general sale for the annual Edinburgh International Film Festival this morning, with a host of of classic films and movie premieres taking place. Here’s how to get your hands on tickets.Confirmed earlier this week, the EIFF will see special screenings of cult classics the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Amelie, The Goonies and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Other big international films in the programme are the Oscar-nominated drama The Man Who Sold His Skin, about a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who allows his back to become a canvas for a famous tattoo artist, and Europa, a hit at the Cannes Film Festival, which sees British-Libyan actor Adam Ali play a young man who has fled Iraq for Europe only to find himself being pursued by “migrant hunters.” © The Road Dance features Star Wars and Mission Impossible star Hermione Corfield as a young woman who...
New Scottish films include war-time island drama The Road Dance, which was made in the Outer Hebrides last year and will see Christie star alongside Mission Impossible and Star Wars actress Hermione Corfield and The League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss in a part-love story, part-mystery adapted from broadcaster John Mackay’s novel. © Rebecca Hall stars in the acclaimed new American psychological horror The Night House.
The festival will feature documentaries on the French electronic music producer and DJ Laurent Garnier, whose career was launched at the legendary Hacienda nightclub in Manchester and the underground lesbian community in London in the 1980s, in Rebel Dykes.
Rebecca Hall attends Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival
Rebecca Hall looked thrilled to be presenting her directorial debut Passing at the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival on Saturday.And Rebecca Hall looked thrilled to be presenting her directorial debut Passing at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival on Saturday in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
Walk With Angels looks at South Africa’s legacy of Apartheid and child trafficking, while The Gig Is Up, which explores the human cost of the global gig economy and examines the treatment of workers for huge companies such as Uber, Amazon and Deliveroo. © New documentary The Gig Is Up explores the hidden human costs of the global gig economy and the real...
Festival chief executive Ken Hay said the current one metre physical distancing restriction on cinemas would be kept in place at all events. © Organisers say 31 premieres will feature in this year's EIFF line-up.
He said: “There have been a whole raft of difference challenges that we – and everyone else – have been facing over the last 16 months, not least of which has simply been how many people we may or may not allowed to have in a cinema, or at outdoor events, at any moment in time.
"The purpose of the whole festival this year is about celebrating the return of cinema, but it’s also about returning to cinema in a very safe way.
"We are going with what we know at the moment, which is one metre social distancing. That’s the basis on which we’ll be running the festival this year, even if there are changes announced over the next few weeks.
"It’s very much about making sure audiences are safe and feel safe, but it’s obviously about staff feeling safe as well. We have got the advantage of running the Filmhouse as well so we’ve been able to learn from that as well.”
Nick Varley, lead programmer, said: “When we started working on the programme back in March we didn’t even know if we’d be able to do an in-person event. The discussion was very much around an online festival at that point.
"One of the big challenges we’ve had this year is that because of the uncertainties about when cinemas would be able to reopen during the pandemic some of the films that we were aiming for became unavailable when they were released earlier than expected. The situation has been very fluid.
"The programme is reduced – there are normally around 120 titles in the festival. But we took a decision fairly early on that even if other venues were available we would probably only use one. It’s only been in the last few weeks that we have decided to use the Festival Theatre for a couple of prestige events.”
Mr Hay added: “We have recognised that the vast majority of our audiences this year will be local audiences. We didn’t want to inundate them with too much choice at what is going to be a busy time of the year.”
"Drive My Car": Hamaguchi leads the cinema on a long and winding road .
Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi was inspired by three news from Haruki Murakami to realize his exciting Road Movie "Drive My Car", to discover this Wednesday In the rooms © Culture Entertainment / Bitters End / Nekojarashi / Quaras / Nippon Shuppan Hanbai / Bungieshunju / Lespace Visi ...