The Edge Of Love Opens the EIFF The Edge Of Love Opens the EIFF

This year mark the 62nd year of screenings at EIFF, the longest continuously running film festival in the world. It began in 1947 as a champion of documentary films and has expanded to include the full gamut of features, documentaries and short films. Hannah McGill marked her second year as artistic director with an exciting new strand Under The Radar - a selection of "raw, risk-taking work from the cutting edge of new movie-making", inspired by EIFF 2007 visitor John Waters (Pink Flamingos, This Filthy World).

The programme was announced on May 9 and included a pair of retrospectives featuring Jeanne Moreau and Shirley Clarke, plus UK premieres of Wall·E, Donkey Punch (which went on to win the Michael Powell Award) and Standard Operating Procedure. The festival opened with John Maybury's The Edge Of Love, starring Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley, and closed with the MySpace-written Faintheart, which won the Audience Award. The New Directors award went to Marianna Palka for Good Dick.

Eye For Film's exclusive on-site EIFF photography is provided by Max Blinkhorn of Get Shot Photography and Stuart Crawford.

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EIFF Latest Reviews

The Immortal Story
The Immortal Story
Rarely-seen Welles feature about an expat orchestrates a tale of sexual and emotional manipulation.
Let The Right One In
Let The Right One In
A touching story of first romance... with a side-serving of horror.
Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel With The World
Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel With The World
Documentary about the life of the poet.
Good Dick
Good Dick
Offbeat romance between a damaged young woman and with Marianna Palka and Jason Ritter.
Madame Tutli-Putli
Madame Tutli-Putli
A woman boards a train with all her worldly goods.
The Crumblegiant
The Crumblegiant
Half-remembered charcoal dreams from childhood.
Keith Reynolds Can't Make It Tonight
Keith Reynolds Can't Make It Tonight
A businessman reaches the end of his tether.
Blood Car
Blood Car
Troma-esque weirdness as a vegan invents a vehicle more reminiscent of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. Minus the crap Broadway songs, of course.
Of Time And The City
Of Time And The City
A portrait of 20th Century Liverpool.
The Rocker
The Rocker
The original drummer of an Eighties hair metal band gets a second chance at stardom when his nephew’s group makes it big.
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Edinburgh International Film Festival Features

Twisting time
Director Nacho Vigalondo talks exclusively about his mind-bending feature debut Timecrimes... and the upcoming Hollywood remake.
Sparkling Perry
In our exclusive interview Brit acting stalwart Perry Benson talks about his contrasting roles in Somers Town and Mum & Dad.
Sachs of talent
The director of Married Life talks about his latest film and his inspirations in our exclusive interview.
Metal tricky
Andrew Stanton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Burtt and Jim Morris talk about breathing life into WALL·E.
Giving British films some Punch
Donkey Punch director Olly Blackburn and cast Jaime Winstone, Sian Breckin and Nichola Burley talk about the film.
The visitors
Tom McCarthy, Hiam Abbass and Richard Jenkins talk about their latest film while in town for the EIFF.
Creature feature
Legendary animator Ray Harryhausen talks about his life and work.
Cédric Klapisch on Paris
The acclaimed director discusses his latest work.
A grand night out
The Edinburgh International Film Festival opens in style.
Ghraib injustice
Errol Morris reveals the outrage that caused him to make Standard Operating Procedure.
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2008 films announced
A great line-up for an ever-popular event
In the Somers Town
Shane Meadows discusses his latest, low-budget independent British feature.

Edinburgh International Film Festival News

Robert Carlyle becomes EIFF patron
Scots actor "honoured" to join Connery and Swinton.
EIFF Michael Powell jury announced
Prize money quadrupled to £20k.
Edinburgh Trailblazers announced
Showcase honours best of British.
EIFF to showcase 22 documentaries
Award-winning Man On Wire in programme.
Edge Of Love to open Edinburgh Film Festival 2008
John Maybury's Dylan Thomas biopic gets top billing.
EIFF gets shot in arm from UK Film Council
£1.88m to be made available over a three-year period.

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