The 55th Edinburgh International Film Festival (12 -26 August 2001) will be honouring the director Werner Herzog with a retrospective of seventeen of his documentaries. In addition, another two German films and four German-international co-productions will be shown in the various sections of the festival.
The Werner Herzog Retrospective will be showing
Ballad Of The Little Soldier
Echoes From A Sombre Empire
The Dark Glow Of The Mountains
Glaube und WÃ¤hrung
Bells From The Deep
The Great Ecstasy Of Woodcarver Steiner
Land Of Silence And Darkness
Lessons Of Darkness
Little Dieter Needs To Fly
My Best Fiend
Wings Of Hope
Death For Five Voices
The Transformation Of The World Into Music
Wodaabe - Herdsmen Of The Sun
The sidebar entitled "Rosebud", which is dedicated to newcomer directors, will be presenting the IN JULY (IM JULI) by Fatih Akin, THE STATE I AM IN (DIE INNERE SICHERHEIT) by Christian Petzold, LOVELY RITA by Jessica Haussner (Austria/Germany) and PRINCESA by Henrique Goldman (Italy/Germany/Great Britain).
The section for documentaries "Imagining Reality" will show RIVERS AND TIDES by Thomas Riedelsheimer (Scotland/Germany). The festival's opening film will be the Franco-German co-production LE FABULEUX DESTIN D'AMELIE POULAIN by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival is regarded together with the London Film Festival as being the most important film event in Great Britain and is well known as a springboard for new film talents. The event will be directed this year for the fifth and last time by Lizzie Francke. From September 2001, she will be succeeded by the new artistic diretor Shane Danielsen.