17 June 2014

What Filmmakers should be watching at Edinburgh Film Festival

By Cassio | Categorised in Film Festival Diary

Get ready for the return of the Edinburgh Film Festival!


The film festival, taking place from Wednesday 18th to 29th June in venues around the city, will open with the world premiere of the long-awaited British thriller ‘Hyena’.
This year our London students will be getting access- to- all -areas at the Festival. Keep an eye on our website for our picks of the festival, filmmaker interviews and top tips from Industry professionals at the event.
In the meantime, we take a look at some of the standout films that are not to be missed!
Hyena is a powerful and beautifully directed thriller that clearly establishes director Gerard Johnson as a major talent in British filmmaking. 
Meet Michael Logan – an anti-hero for our times, a natural predator in the jungle of London’s underworld. Johnson’s pacing is both organic and adventurous, and with the aid of strong, understated performances, he turns what might have been just another genre exercise into something robust and affecting.
How does someone epically screw up the perfect relationship with the love of their life right before attempting to propose to her?  
Based on a true story, unfortunately, the hyper-neurotic Quinn Berman has a quarter-life crisis when his coworker, Kelsey, a tall, hot blonde, who once modeled for a Mervyn’s catalog, confesses her love for him, all just moments before he plans to propose to his girlfriend, Devon.
One to watch, this film is up for the Best International Feature film at the festival.  Deadpan tragicomic absurdism in Rembrandt light from Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Constructors, EIFF 2013), an insightful chronicler of post-Soviet reality.
After their mother’s death, three siblings come from the city to a benighted region of rural Kazakhstan to claim the house they have inherited. They meet with violent opposition from a former tenant of the house and his gang.
Celebrating Dylan Thomas’ centenary, this intriguing semi-biographical drama – beautifully shot in black-and-white – focusses on a week in the life of the great poet as he prepares for a series of performed readings in the US. Featuring stellar performances from co-writer Celyn Jones as Thomas and Elijah Wood as John Malcolm Brinnin, and an accomplished original score by Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), this is a playful, humourous and moving snapshot of one of the world’s most beloved poets.
If you love a good zom-com, Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan is definitely a great choice this festival! Broken-hearted after the death of his girlfriend Beth, Zach is initially delighted to be given another chance when she returns from the dead. However, as we all know, relationships with zombies are never straightforward, and very soon Zach and the rest of the townsfolk are fighting for their lives.
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