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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012

Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Kotoko) and Wang Bing (Fengming: A Chinese Memoir, West Of The Tracks) to attend the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival…

This year’s Festival will include a Spotlight on Shinya Tsukamoto and will feature his 1989 masterpiece Tetsuo: The Iron Man and the no less impressive sequel, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992). His latest work, Kotoko (2011), a portrait of an insane young mother which is arguably his most mature and disturbing film to date, will also feature.

Shinya Tsukamoto established himself as a brilliant innovator in the realms of Japanese cyberpunk and body horror. His dark worldview and his riveting, imaginative imagery won the director an international cult following that has continued to expand ever since.

The director will be attending the festival this year. Kotoko will screen on Monday 25 June at 18:40 at Cineworld and Tuesday 26 June at 22:00 at Film House 1. Tetsuo: The Iron Man will screen on Wednesday 27 June at 22:30 at Cineworld and Tetsuo II: Body Hammer will screen on Wednesday 27 June at 20:40 at Cineworld 8.

Wang Bing, a major force of Chinese independent documentary film making will be making his first UK appearance at this year’s Festival. He will be sharing his insights at an In Person: Masterclass, co-sponsored by the Scottish Documentary Institute, and his films will also feature in a special Spotlight on Wang Bing element at the Festival. Fengming: A Chinese Memoir (2007), Brutality Factory (2007), Coal Money (2008) and The Ditch (2010), will all be screened at EIFF.

From his first film, West Of The Tracks (2003), to his latest work, Wang Bing has brought rigor and compassion to the archaeology of the physical and social changes China has undergone since the Cultural Revolution. Not only is he a pivotal figure in Chinese documentary filmmaking, but he is also an artist whose work with time and space marks him as one of the most significant filmmakers of our time.

The In Person: Masterclass with Wang Bing will take place on Sunday 24 June at 15:00 in Film House 1. Fengming: A Chinese Memoir will screen on Saturday 23 June at 13:45 at Film House 2, The Ditch will screen on Saturday 23 June at 17:15 at Film House 2 and Coal Money & Brutality Factor will screen on Sunday 24 June at 12:20 at Film House 1.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is the longest continually running film festival in the world, and the 66th edition takes place this year from 20 June – 1 July 2012. See more information on the Edinburgh International Film Festival and book tickets.

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