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Edinburgh International Film Festival Reveals 2018 Retrospective Programme

22nd March 2018
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Today, the Edinburgh International Film Festival revealed the 2018 retrospective programme Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist.

The focus of this years’ will be on U.S. cinema and the evolution of the American culture from the 1980s upon today.

People will be able to explore that evolution thanks to three strands: American Woman: Female Directors in American Cinema, American Exposé: The Media in Mainstream American Cinema and The American Nightmare: Horror in Mainstream American Cinema.

A special Retrospective LIVE! screening of the rarely seen concert film, Monterey Pop, will also feature as part of Summerhall’s Southern Exposure Festival.

The main strand is the American Woman: Female Directors in American Cinema and will be about women in cinema, most specifically about female directors from 1980 to 1990.

Some of the movies that will be screened are The Decline of Western Civilization (Penelope Spheeris), Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow), Testament (Lynne Littman) and Working Girls (Lizzie Borden).

Other Academy Award® winning and nominated short films like Women – For America, For the World (Vivienne Verdon-Roe), The Masters of Disaster (Sonya Friedman, 1986) and Young at Heart (Pamela Conn, Sue Marx) will be shown as well.

Movies from the American Exposé: The Media in Mainstream American Cinema strand will be reflecting the important contemporary issues with a selection of American films from 1975 until the 1990 like the multiaward-winning Network (Sidney Lumet), The China Syndrome (James Bridges) and Being There (Hal Ashby).

The films that are part of The American Nightmare: Horror in Mainstream American Cinema are a must-see for the lovers of the horror genre. Especially with films from the early 1980s, a golden era for U.S. horror, like The Fog (John Carpenter), The Howling (Joe Dante), Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper) and Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven). Day of the Dead will also be screened as a tribute to the late George A Romero.

A special Retrospective LIVE! screening of the wonderful and rarely-seen concert film Monterey Pop will also be part of the festival. Performances from Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix and The Mamas & the Papas will be played as if it was a real live gig, which will transport the audience back to the golden 1960s.

The 2018 Main Programme will be announced by EIFF Artistic Director, Mark Adams, at Filmhouse on Wednesday 23 May. Tickets go on sale to Filmhouse members on Wednesday 23 May at 12noon and on sale to the public on Friday 25 May at 10am.

The 72nd edition of EIFF runs from 20 June – 1 July, 2018. For more information on this year’s Festival visit

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