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Edinburgh Film Fest unveils superhero focus


The Edinburgh International Film Festival has unveiled its 2016 programme. As well as the regular science fiction and fantasy driven Night Moves strand, this year’s event includes Pow!, a focus on superhero movies, and boasts Yoga Hosers director (and potential Buckaroo Banzai television showrunner) Kevin Smith among the guests.

Pow! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptations: The First Generation presents a colourful retrospective journey through various genres, tracing the evolution of the live comic strip adaptation in cinema. Bringing together cult titles from across the world, films include: Roger Vadim’s Barbarella; Leslie H Martinson’s Batman: The Movie; Mario Bava’s Danger Diabolik; Robert Altman’s Popeye; and two rarely screened Japanese classics based on world famous Manga comic strips, Kenji Misumi’s Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance and Junya Sato’s Golgo 13.

Night Moves, the Festival’s annual look at the chilling, bloody side of cinema features late night showings of a mixture of scream-inducing horror, fantasy adventure, and unashamedly brash genre-fare. Screenings include:

  • The World Premiere of Nirpal Bhogal’s homegrown horror First Born
  • European Premiere of horror anthology Holidays, featuring offerings from some of the genre’s finest minds, including In Person participant Kevin Smith
  • UK-first showings of swords and skis epic The Last King from Nils Gaup
  • Anna Biller’s sexploitation tribute The Love Witch
  • Wu Ershan’s Chinese blockbuster Mojin: The Lost Legend
  • Steve Barker’s trip to a Zombie Safari Park The Rezort
  • Sion Sono’s Japanese sex-comedy The Virgin Psychics
  • A hypnotic screening of the rarely-seen 1973 Japanese cult anime Belladonna of Sadness from Eiichi Yamamoto, co-presented by EIFF and Scotland Loves Anim

Other films featured in the Festival that may be of interest to fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror include:

  • The UK Premiere of the highly-anticipated Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory
  • The UK Premiere of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial with John Williams’ iconic score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • The World Premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic Highlander, celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance
  • Agyness Deyn-led complex dystopian thriller The White King from Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel.
  • Indie auteur Kevin Smith, creator of cult classics Clerks and Dogma will also be taking to the stage alongside the star of his latest comedy Yoga Hosers, Harley Quinn Smith
  • Yeon Sang-ho’s vision of zombie apocalypse Seoul Station
  • Yoga Hosers, the latest madcap adventure from Kevin Smith
  • World Premiere of Balazs Juszt’s supernatural thriller The Man Who Was Thursday

For the full programme, visit the EIFF web site.


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