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Rare films screen at Edinburgh fest

'Transes,' 'Limite' part of Scorsese foundation

The Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival will screen two newly restored films from Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation — the Moroccan documentary “Transes” and Brazilian drama “Limite.”

The foundation, which was launched in Cannes this year, is dedicated to preserving rare and classic movies from around the world. “Transes” and “Limite” will be the first two pics to get public screenings since the Cannes unveiling.

“We are fervent supporters of the WCF,” said Edinburgh artistic director Hannah McGill. “The EIFF stands for everything the foundation is setting out to do, and takes pride in our shared interest in promoting world cinema.”

“Transes,” directed by Ahmed El Maanouni, dates to 1981. It records concerts, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwan, which created a unique sound by merging various traditional forms of North African music, and was credited with influencing Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

“Limite,” made in 1931, is the only film from Brazilian helmer Mario Peixoto and is a silent poem about three people adrift during a boating trip. The pic was rediscovered by Walter Salles.

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