RT-UK's What to Watch at the Edinburgh Film Festival

We scour Oscar-bait as it heads to Scotland for a celebration of all things big-screen.

Ah, Edinburgh, a city known for contrast, vibrancy, comedy, castles and, for a couple of weeks in August, a little congestion. You see, the Edinburgh International Film Festival competes with the infamous Fringe comedy festival, as well as half a dozen other festivals, and no-doubt a couple of weddings and a stag do. Hotel rooms are as scarce as A-listers from the film and comedy world are abundant and restaurants are practicing their, "I'm sorry sir, you should have booked in February," routine.

Edinburgh Castle

The festival has, in the past, played home to the world premiere of Serenity and the European first-show for Clerks II. Its programme is open to the public, and provides a wide variety of home-grown, European, American and international cinema. This festival sees two of the freshest movies of the year from the US play to UK audiences for the first time - Knocked Up and Ratatouille and they're joined by the indie likes of Hallam Foe and French warbler Les Chansons d'Amour.

In short, there's something for everyone of every age, gender and nationality, and it's probably one of the most relaxed and, in turn, exciting festivals on the calendar. It's also a good place to start or join in that ever-exciting early awards buzz, and with that in mind we thought it'd be a good idea to let you know what we and the critics think of the films on display so you can add them to your wish-list.

So without further ado we present, in no particular order, our fifteen favourites of the festival. We've gathered quotes from the Tomatometer and our critic friends too to spotlight the cream of the cinematic crop as chosen by our international pool of critics and ourselves respectively.

Comments

Jen Yamato

Jen Yamato

Nice lineup! I'd like to see Control again...October 10 US release whooo! Can't wait. How was that surprise screening of The Kingdom?

Aug 27 - 12:22 AM

Unbreakable Samurai

Unbreakable Samurai

There's some good sounding stuff here.

Aug 27 - 10:03 AM

Joe Utichi

Joe Utichi

I didn't get to see The Kingdom as I'd left by that point. I hear variously, "fun" and "noisy."

Aug 27 - 11:50 PM

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