June 18, opening night
World premiere of John Maybury’s “The Edge of Love.”
Buzz indie band British Sea Power screens and discusses its videos deep underground in the Edinburgh Caves, before performing new material.
World premiere of “Spike” in the Under the Radar sidebar, a horror fairy tale from U.S. director Robert Beaucage, whom McGill had never heard of before he wowed her with an unsolicited DVD.
World premieres of “Warsaw Dark,” only the second movie directed by the great Aussie cinematographer Chris Doyle; and “Stone of Destiny,” the true story of how four students stole Scotland’s ancient coronation stone back from the English, sure to please the local crowd. Plus, U.S. documaker Errol Morris in town to present “Standard Operating Procedure.”
Highlights of the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival
Roger Deakins and Seamus McGarvey, two of Britain’s greatest cinematographers and recipients of three out of this year’s five Oscar nominations, in conversation.
Trailblazing Shorts: the top work from students at the U.K.’s seven Screen Academies, who will be at EIFF for industry networking.
Performed reading of screenplay “Poor Things” by the National Theater of Scotland, adapted from his own novel by cult Scottish writer Alasdair Gray.
Ray Harryhausen, the legendary stop-motion animator of “Jason and the Argonauts” (screened June 24), explains his craft.
World premiere of Irish comedy “A Film With Me in It” by Ian Fitzgibbon, starring Dylan Moran.
U.K. premieres of “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” starring Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, and Brad Anderson’s “Transsiberian.”
U.K. premiere of Pixar’s “Wall-E,” followed by closing-night world premiere of “Faintheart,” the first MySpace movie.