EDINBURGH INT’L FILM FESTIVAL : 2009 index-page

overview essay for Senses of Cinema (online 1.Oct.)
also…
(9.Aug.) : overview article for The Auteurs Notebook
(30.July) : overview report for Tribune magazine

For The Hollywood Reporter
  KICKS      …..   EXAM    …..   BARABOO
  CRYING WITH LAUGHTER ….. LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE …..  GIALLO


For Tribune

     SPREAD     …   35 SHOTS OF RUM
     PONTYPOOL    ….    KATALIN VARGA    …..     LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE
     MOON   ….     AWAY WE GO     …..   SIN NOMBRE   
   
plus (seen previously) : Fish TankThe Hurt Locker — Antichrist


Edinburgh ‘daily’ dispatches

Page 1 : Wed.17./Thu.18.June (Away We Go)
Page 2 : Thu.18/Fri.19.June (Moon; Exam; Van Diemen’s Land; The Last Heroes of the Peninsula; Follow the Master)
Page 3 : Fri.19/Sat.20.June (The Intruder; The Maid; Sin Nombre)
Page 4 : Sun.21.June (Jerichow; The Architect; Kicks; No puedo vivir sin ti; A Boy Called Dad)
Page 5 : Tue.23.June (Giallo; Easier with Practice; Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee; Edgar Allan Poe double-bill)
Page 6 : Wed.24./Thu.25.June (Pontypool; The Wild Angels; Baraboo; The Trip; Spread)
Page 7 : Fri.26.June (35 Shots of Rum; The Calling; Wasted)
Page 8 : Sat.27./Sun.28.June (Stella; Crying With Laughter, and awards reaction)

Chronological
   ::::: Wed.17 :::::
AWAY WE GO : [5/10] : USA 2009 : Sam MENDES : 94m : Cineworld (public :  £9.50)
   ::::: Thu.18 :::::
FOLLOW THE MASTER : [3/10] : UK 2009 : Matt HULSE : 75m (walkout after 50m) : Filmhouse (press)
EXAM : [6/10] : UK 2009 : Stuart HAZELDINE : 97m : Filmhouse (press) : THR review
MOON : [7/10] : UK 2009 : Duncan JONES : 97m : Cameo (press) : Tribune review
THE LAST HEROES OF THE PENINSULA : [5/10] : Mexico 2008 : J M CRAVIOTO : 94m : Cineworld (public)
VAN DIEMEN’S LAND : [6/10] : Australia 2009 : Jonathan AUF DER HEIDE : 103m : Filmhouse (public)
   ::::: Fri.19 :::::
SIN NOMBRE : [7/10] : USA 2009 : Cary Joji FUKUNAGA : 96m : Filmhouse (public)
JERICHOW : [6/10*] : Germany 2008 : Christian PETZOLD : 93m : Cineworld (public –  £6.00) – *originally rated 7/10 after first viewing, Jan.09
   ::::: Sat.20 :::::
THE ARCHITECT : [5/10] Der Architekt : Germany 2008 : Ina WEISSE : 93m : Cineworld (press)
THE INTRUDER : [7/10] : USA 1962 : Roger CORMAN : 84m : Filmhouse (public)
THE MAID : [7/10] : La Nana : Chile 2009 : Sebastian SILVA : 96m : Filmhouse (press)
NO PUEDO VIVIR SIN TI : [5/10] : Bu neng mei you ni : Taiwan 2009 : Leon DAI : 91m : Filmhouse (press)
A BOY CALLED DAD : [4/10] : UK 2009 : Brian PERCIVAL : 80m : Cineworld (public)
KICKS : [6/10] : UK 2008 : Lindy HEYMANN : 84m : Cineworld (public) : THR review

   ::::: Tue.23 :::::
GIALLO : [5/10] : Italy (Ity/US) 2009 (copyright-dated 2008) : Dario ARGENTO : 91m : Filmhouse (press) : THR review
THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH : [7/10] : USA 1964 : Roger CORMAN : 90m approx (BBFC) : Filmhouse (public : complimentary)
THE TOMB OF LIGEIA : [6/10] : USA 1964 : Roger CORMAN : 78m approx (BBFC) : Filmhouse (public : complimentary)
LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE : [6/10] : aka Le Donk; full title Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee – aka Nicholas and Dean : UK 2009 : Shane MEADOWS : 71m : Filmhouse (public :  £6) : THR review
EASIER WITH PRACTICE : [7/10] : USA 2009 : Kyle Patrick ALVAREZ : 100m : Filmhouse (public : complimentary)
   ::::: Wed.24 :::::
PONTYPOOL : [7/10] : Canada 2009 : Bruce McDONALD : 96m : Cameo (press)
BARABOO : [5/10] : USA 2009 : Mary SWEENEY : 105m : Cineworld (press) : THR review
THE WILD ANGELS : [6/10] : USA 1966 : Roger CORMAN : 83m approx (BBFC) : Filmhouse (public – complimentary)
SPREAD : [5/10] : USA 2009 : David MACKENZIE : 97m  (BBFC) : Cineworld (public – complimentary)
   ::::: Thu.25 :::::
THE TRIP : [6/10] : USA 1967 : Roger CORMAN : 80m approx (BBFC) : Filmhouse (public – complimentary) digital projection
   ::::: Fri.26 :::::
        :::::::::::: page 8 ::::::::::::::
THE CALLING : [3?/10] : UK 2009 : Jan DUNN : 105m (walkout after 50 mins) : Cineworld (press)
WASTED : [3?/10] :  UK 2009 : Stuart DAVIDS & Caroline PATERSON : 110m (walkout  after 40m) : Cineworld (press)
35 SHOTS OF RUM : [6/10]35 Rhums aka Thirty-Five Shots : France (Fr/Ger) 2008 : Claire DENIS : 101m (BBFC) : Cameo (public – complimentary)
          :::::::::::: page 9 ::::::::::::::
STELLA : [8/10] : France 2008 : Sylvie VERHEYDE : 100m approx (house lights came on before end of credits) : Filmhouse (public – complimentary)
CRYING WITH LAUGHTER : [7/10] : UK 2009 : Justin MOLOTNIKOV : 93m : Filmhouse (public – complimentary) : THR review

Alphabetical
The Architect
Away We Go
A Boy Called Dad
Baraboo
The Calling
Crying With Laughter
Easier with Practice
Exam
Follow the Master
Giallo
1962 … The Intruder
Jerichow
Kicks
The Last Heroes of the Peninsula
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee
The Maid
1964 … The Masque of the Red Death
Moon
No puedo vivir sin ti
Pontypool
Sin Nombre
Spread
Stella
35 Shots of Rum
1964 … The Tomb of Ligeia
1967 … The Trip
Van Diemen’s Land
Wasted
1966 … The Wild Angels

Classification
1. Stella
2. Moon
3. Easier With Practice
4. The Maid
5. Pontypool
6. Crying With Laughter
7. Sin Nombre
8. The Intruder (1962)
9. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
10. Jerichow 
[best of those previously seen elsewhere : Fish Tank; Breathless]

By rating
****
8/10 : Stella
7/10 : Crying With Laughter; Easier with Practice; The Intruder (1962); The Maid; The Masque of the Red Death (1964); Moon; Pontypool; Sin Nombre

***
6/10 : Exam; Jerichow; Kicks; Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee; 35 Shots of Rum; The Tomb of Ligeia (1964); The Trip (1966); The Wild Angels (1967); Van Diemen’s Land
5/10 : The Architect; Away We Go; Baraboo; Giallo; The Last Heroes of the Peninsula; No puedi vivir sin ti; Spread

**
4/10 : A Boy Called Dad
3/10 : Follow the Master
3?/10 : The Calling; Wasted

outstanding performances (from new films)
1. Stephen McCole : Crying With Laughter
2. Stephen McHattie : Pontypool
3. Leora Barbara : Stella
4. Brian Geraghty : Easier With Practice
5. Edgar Flores : Sin Nombre
    next : Sam Rockwell (Moon); Catalina Saavedra (The Maid)
    special mention — Laetitia Guerard (Stella)
[from previously-seen films : Katie Jarvis and Rebecca Griffiths (Fish Tank); Yang Ik-June (Breathless); Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)]

getaways
1. Mary and Max
2. Peter McDougall retrospective
3. White Lightnin’
4. Mesrine x 2
5. On the Way to School
    
next : Boris Ryzhy, Humpday, The King of India; Seraphine; The September Issue; The Girlfriend Experience; The First Day of the Rest of Your Life; Black Dynamite

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PREVIEW article for Tribune magazine

already seen (does not include archive/retrospective titles):
7/10  Breathless     Fish Tank     Jerichow* (downgraded to 6/10)
6/10  Antichrist   Distanz (aka Distance)   The Hurt Locker   Katalin Varga   Paper Soldier   Unmade Beds
5/10  Can Go Through Skin   Jalainur   Members of the Funeral

from the Jigsaw Lounge archives
Edinburgh coverage from 2008, 2007, 2006 and before

NB 1 : running-times are taken from EIFF website unless underlined (=timed)
public screenings attended via complimentary press-tickets unless otherwise stated
NB 2 : the title of Shane Meadows’ film is as above, and not as previous written on this site, nor as on the poster used in Edinburgh. Meadows issued an “official” statement about his on his official website ‘s official forum. So that’s official.