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Edinburgh International Film FestivalFrom Scotland With Love

Posted on Thursday June 19, 2008, 11:23 by Damon Wise in Edinburgh International Film Festival

Today it is, it must be said, eerily calm in Edinburgh. Normally, this place is a veritable feast of visual arts, most of it unsolicited and a fair percentage of that actually, certifiably rubbish. But that's because the Edinburgh International Film Festival is going it alone this year. Jumping forward two full months, it no longer competes with the actual Edinburgh Festival itself, a full 31 days or so of pipers piping, jugglers juggling, silver-plated mimes miming and performance artists performing 'difficult' performance pieces involving a dead dog, a crumpled bongo mag and a mouldy orange. Instead, the EIFF has the streets to itself, and the relative peace now surrounding it is quite unsettling.

Conveniently, discomfort may be actually one of the themes of this year's festival, with several films – the animated Fear(s) Of The Dark, the Britflick shocker Donkey Punch and a nasty British movie called Mum And Dad, which we're simply dying to see, to name just three &ndash...

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