Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009

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The Last Heroes Of The Peninsula The Last Heroes Of The Peninsula
The Last Heroes Of The Peninsula and No Greater Love
All Tomorrow's Parties (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Jonathan Caouette; Stars: Akron/Family, Animal Collective, Battles, Belle & Sebastian, Lightning Bolt, The Boredoms, Fuck Buttons, John Cooper Clarke, Jarvis Cocker, Mark Coldham, David Cross, Dirty Three, George Eady, Warren Ellis, Jerry Garcia)
Celebration of creative energy in anti-festival venues that give music back to those who appreciate its anarchic roots.
UK Premiere
Big River Man (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: John Maringouin; Stars: Matthew Mohlke, Borut Strel, Martin Strel), Official Site
A Slovenian endurance swimmer takes on the Amazon.
European Premiere
A Blooming Business (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2009; Director: Ton van Zantvoort), Trailer
A expose of the Kenya's flower industry and its cruel human toll.
UK Premiere
Boris Ryzhy (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2008; Director: Aliona Van der Horst)
A documentary exploring the life of russian poet Boris Ryzhy.
UK Premiere
Document Shorts (Year: 2009; Director: Various; Writer: Various)
Showcase of factual short films from across the globe.
Boris Ryzhy Boris Ryzhy
Boris Ryzhy and Big River Man
Garapa (Country: Brazil; Year: 2008; Director: José Padilha)
Hard-hitting look at families suffering malnutrition in Brazil.
UK Premiere
Goodbye, How Are You? (Dovidjenja, Kako Ste?) (Country: Serbia; Director: Boris Mitic)
Documentary examining the past 40 years of Serbian history through language and satire.
UK Premiere
Isolation (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Luke Seomore, Joseph Bull; Writer: Robert Benhoff, Bryan Cook; Stars: Stuart Griffiths)
A former soldier pays tribute to his comrades let down by the country they have served.
World Premiere
King Of India (Country: India; Year: 2009; Director: Arvind Sinha)
A glimpse into the world of the Nats - an ancient community of Indian street performers.
UK Premiere
The Last Heroes Of The Peninsula (Los Últimos Héroes De La Peninsula) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2008; Director: José Manuel Cravioto)
A documentary looking at the stars of the Mexican boxing world.
International Premiere
Only When I Dance Only When I Dance
Only When I Dance and King Of India
Nollywood Babylon (Country: Canada; Year: 2008; Director: Ben Addelman, Samir Mallal; Writer: Ben Addelman, Samir Mallal; Stars: Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Uche Jumbo, Kenneth Okonkwo, Bob-Manuel Udokwu)
Welcome to the wacky world of Nollywood, Nigeria's bustling home-grown movie industry.
No Greater Love (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Michael Whyte)
Silent nuns speak.
World Premiere
The One Man Village (Semaan Bil Day'ia) (Country: Lebanon; Year: 2008; Director: Simon El Habre), Official Site
An old man talks about his life in the Lebanese village of which he is the only remaining occupant.
UK Premiere
Only When I Dance (Country: Brazil, UK; Year: 2009; Director: Beadie Finzi; Stars: Irlan Santos da Silva, Isabela Coracy Alves Nascimento Santos, Mariza Estrella)
Young Brazilians train hard in the hope of becoming ballet stars.
UK Premiere
On The Way To School (Country: Turkey, Netherlands; Year: 2008; Director: Ozgur Dogan, Orhan Eskikoy)
A year in the life of a Turkish teacher sent to a rural Kurdish area.
UK Premiere
A Blooming Business A Blooming Business
A Blooming Business and Garapa
Outrage (The Glass Closet) (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Kirby Dick; Writer: Kirby Dick), Official Site
Documentary focuses on the hypocritical voting records of closeted gay politicians.
European Premiere
Scottish Short Documentary Award Screening (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Various)
The best of the homegrown factual films. Annual prize for the winner is £1000.
Tiny Joys (Apró Örömök) (Country: Hungary; Year: 2009; Director: Ibolya Bálint)
A comedy of manners exploring the use of classified ads in small town in Transylvania.
International Premiere
Turn It Loose (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Alastair Siddons)
A high-energy look a the world of breakdance.
UK Premiere
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Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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