A few notes about last year's Festival.
The Top Ten Films I saw at the festival were:
1) Let the Right One In
2) Black Balloon
3) Good Dick
5) Blood Car
6) Death Defying Acts
7) The Wave
8) Somers Town
10) Better Things
Special mentions to: Strange Girls, Of Time and the City, Wellness, Time Crimes and Tiramisu.
That said, if I included the films I saw before the festival started, the list would also include The Visitor, Man On Wire, Donkey Punch and A Complete History of My Sexual Failures, the first two of which both made it into my Best of 2009 list.
Highlight of the Festival: Hanging out with Alex Orr (director of Blood Car) and Rona Mark (director of Strange Girls). Edinburgh 2009 won't be the same without them.
Disappointment of the Festival: I can't remember now. Um...not getting to meet Keira Knightley?
Party of the Festival: The Donkey Punch party, largely because EVERYONE was there so I got to talk to Shane Meadows, Tom McCarthy, Richard Jenkins, the cast of Donkey Punch and the director of Sexual Failures all without moving from the same spot.