Film Festival presents French cool and Comic Book classics

In the lead up to its full 70th edition programme announcement, the Edinburgh International Film Festival has revealed its two retrospective strands for 2016 - a celebration of France's 'Cinéma Du Look' wave in the 80s and 90s, and a selection of films from the early days of live action comic-strip adaptations. 

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In Look Again: A Celebration of Cinéma Du Look, the Festival will present some of the bold, colourful films which epitomised their era, telling provocative stories with real style. The movement helped showcase the talents of stars like Jean Reno, Juliette Binoche, Christophe Lambert, Domenique Pinon and Julie Delpy, and a number of its stars are expected to attend screenings this June.

Films featured in this strand include Betty Blue and Diva from director Jean Jaques Beineix, Luc Besson’s Subway, The Big Blue and La Femme Nikita, plus Mauvais Sang and Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf by Leos Carax

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director said: 

The ‘Cinéma du Look’ retrospective marks 30 years since EIFF opened with the UK premiere of Jean Jaques Beineix’s iconic Betty Blue, so it is a real thrill to be able to screen this selection of iconic films. 

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Meanwhile, in the Festival's other retrospective strand, POW!!! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptations: The First Generation, will explore the precursors to today's huge superhero blockbusters. 

Films such as Roger Vadim’s Barbarella, Jean Jaques Vierne’s TinTin and the Mystery of the Golden Fleece, Joseph Losey’s Modesty Blaise, Leslie H. Martinson’s Batman: The Movie and Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik will feature among many others, in what the Festival describes as "the best of the genre from explosive martial arts to chic ‘60s espionage via funky blaxploitation and far-out science fiction" 

Alongside the screenings, the Festival will present Origin Story, an event looking at the inception of live action adaptations of comic strips, beginning in the 1960s and travelling back to the era of silent film. 

Senior Programmer Niall Fulton commented: 

With superhero cinema dominating the international box office, the time is right for EIFF to take an affectionate look back at the weird, wild, and wonderful world of the big screen comic strip adaptation.
It's a unique and exciting opportunity to see a selection of rare, iconic cult classics the way they should be seen, and provides a highly entertaining insight into the provenance of this current global phenomenon.

Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 15 to 26 June 2016. Tickets for the Film Festival will go on sale on 25 May (with the exception of ET which is now bookable). Find out more about the Festival, including programme and ticket booking details when available.

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