Opening Night Film: Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist Opening Night Film: Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist

Celebrating its 64th edition in 2010, EIFF is 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 and is currently under the artistic directorship of Hannah McGill.

The festival will open with Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist on June 16.

Skeletons won the Michael Powell Award and The Dry Land was named best international feature. Read about all the winners here.

This year's retrospective strand is After the Wave: Lost and Forgotten British Cinema 1967-1979.

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EIFF Latest Reviews

A Boy and his brother find their fantasy version of their dad is somewhat different to the real deal.
A first shift in a care home takes a sinister turn.
My Invisible Friend
My Invisible Friend
Tomas is incredibly shy... perhaps an imaginary friend will help.
A haircut promises to make a big difference to a teenager's life.
Two boys are forced to face up to their crime.
Countdown To Zero
Countdown To Zero
A history of the atomic bomb and the current nuclear arms race.
Paradise Later
Paradise Later
Shots of pollution in an Indonesian river are accompanied by the sounds of a travelling salesman reporting to his board.
State Of Flux (Wave #1)
State Of Flux (Wave #1)
Exploring the nature of chaotic systems through the examination of water.
What Part of the Earth Is Inhabited (After Pliny the Elder)
What Part of the Earth Is Inhabited (After Pliny the Elder)
Exploration of evolution and life.
De Luce 1: Vegetare
De Luce 1: Vegetare
Super 8/digital hybrid experimental film, exploring use of colour.
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Edinburgh International Film Festival Features

Train of thought
Lixin Fan talks about Chinese migration and his Last Train Home
The road to Cherry Tree Lane
Director Paul Andrew Williams reveals his motivations for his latest urban chiller.
The Secret of success
Director Juan José Campanella talks about his Oscar-winner The Secret In Their Eyes
In the court of the enfant terrible
We tussle with Ken Russell.
Beyond the box office
A special panel examines the cultural influence of the British Film Industry.
A Nice night out
Howard Marks, Bernard Rose, Rhys Ifans and David Thewlis talk about Mr Nice at European premiere.
Making memories matter
Kathie Russo in conversation about And Everything Is Going Fine
Edinburgh Film Festival 2010: The Opening Night Gala photo showcase
The stars don their gladrags and welcome us all to the Opening Night film of the 64th EIFF
Edinburgh Film Festival - changing for the better
Artistic director Hannah McGill talks about her festival of discovery, accessibility for all and the shifting sands of film distribution.

Edinburgh International Film Festival News

EIFF announces guest curators
Isabella Rosselini, Gus Van Sant and Jim Jarmusch among those named.
Hannah McGill steps down from EIFF
Artistic director moves on after four editions at the helm.
Edinburgh Film Festival's new parent body announces top appointments
Centre for the Moving image makes former BBC man CEO
Skeletons scoops Michael Powell Award
Nick Whitfield's debut praised for 'original vision'.
'Better Than Cannes'
The Illusionist director praises EIFF as his film gets festival off to magical start
EIFF expands line up
Nick Cave, Nick Hornby and Cannes documentary added
Edinburgh Film Festival goes online
EIFF teams up with for video on demand
EIFF announces special film gala for Sir Sean
Festival Patron Connery to be honoured for his 80th birthday
Features Scotland boost for producers
Edinburgh Film Festival to promote Scots talent at four international festivals
The Illusionist to open Edinburgh Film Festival
Sylvain Chomet's animation kicks off 64th edition

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