ADRIFT: Essential World Cinema

ADRIFT: A wave of essential world cinema is coming to Scottish shores this spring. 

ADRIFT – an exciting new film season organized by CinemaAttic. A six-week celebration of contemporary and classic cinema, workshops with filmmakers and special events to delight Scottish audiences, running from 26th May – 30th June in venues like Summerhall, GFT or CCA Glasgow among others.

What is ADRIFT?

>> FILM CURRENTS (a selection of 8 contemporary features from around the world)

>> CULT CLASSICS (an unmissable 16mm double-bill of Chris Marker & Luis Buñuel films)

>> SHORT FILMS (two selections of shorts)

>> WORKSHOPS (three interactive workshops bringing experimental animators from Spain & Latin America to Edinburgh and Glasgow)

Sail away, sail away… and let the tide drift you to the cinema.


Essential contemporary cinema from around the world. A selection of eight feature films – festival darlings and some of the world’s most daring auteurs – coming to Scottish screens.

Among the films selected for this first edition there are some of the most-anticipated and critically acclaimed films of the year, including features awarded in Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, Toronto or Venice Film Festivals. The idea is simple: The best world cinema in an accessible and affordable way.

The screenings will take place in Summerhall Edinburgh (26-28 May), CCA Glasgow (31 May) and GFT (4-5 June). This year’s selected films are:

SPLINTERS / ESQUIRLAS by Natalia Garayalde (Argentina). Visions du Réel – Special Jury Award, L’Alternativa – Best Film, Sheffield DocFest

THEY CARRY DEATH / ELES TRANSPORTAN A MORTE by Helena Giron & Samuel Delgado, (Spain / Colombia). Venice Critics’ Week, IFFR – Rotterdam, Viennale, Best Direction – Vilnius Film Festival

A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING by Payal Kapadia  (India). Cannes Film Festival – Quinzaine (Best Documentary), TIFF Toronto, New York Film Festival

EL GRAN MOVIMIENTO / THE GREAT MOVEMENT by Kiro Russo (Bolivia, France, Switzerland).Venice Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize), New York Film Festival

THE SACRED SPIRIT / ESPIRITU SAGRADO by Chema García Ibarra (Spain, France, Turkey). Locarno Film Festival 2021 (Special Mention), Fotogramas de Plata – Best Spanish Film 

LOS SILENCIOS by Beatriz Seigner (Colombia, Brazil, France). Cannes Film Festival – Quinzaine, Havana, Stockholm Film Festivals

LOS CONDUCTOS by Camilo Restrepo (Colombia, France, Brazil). Best First Feature Award at the 70th Berlinale

THE METAMORPHOSIS OF THE BIRDS by Catarina Vasconcelos (Portugal). FIPRESCI Award for Best Film at the 70th Berlinale

These are some of the most aesthetically notable films seen in the world in the past year. Films bringing stories from Bolivia, India, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal or France. And we decided to put them together and bring them to Scotland.

Films of rich, astonishing colors, textures and photography – most of them shot in analogue film photography (16mm, super 16mm, 8mm) –  an absolute feast to your eyes and senses.

But they are not only rich formally. This is a selection of films that are some of the most truly political in their heart that we saw last year. Films that are proposing new ways of storytelling, to think about collective action, feminism, modern colonialism, representation of indigenous communities on screen or refugee crises – all with one thing in common: the story and the form is beautiful, daring and powerful.

This is the mini festival we’ve been wanting to do for a long while, a selection of films we’ve been dying to bring to Scotland to be shared in a cinema with people.


CinemaAttic is delighted to offer a very special double bill of analogue films. The titles we have chosen are LA JETÉE by Chris Marker and UN CHIEN ANDALOU by Luis Buñuel, and both films will be screened in the glorious 16mm format. Screening at CCA Glasgow (2 June) and Old St Paul’s Edinburgh (3 June)!

Both films are joined by that desire to tell histories in a different way. The experimental spirit is present in both of them but with differences. While LA JETÉE has a clear linear narrative, there is no way to make sense of two consecutive scenes in Buñuel’s iconic title. This could be blamed on Salvador Dalí’s participation: by his confession, he based it all on his dreams.


Following on from last year’s Gaze. Play. Dream retrospective on Ibero-American experimental cinema, we are pleased to announce two programmes of experimental short films as part of our bigger view into the non-fiction, new narrative cinema. You can watch them in Edinburgh Old St Paul’s (17-18 June), CCA Glasgow (23 & 30 June) and online via Festhome (30 May-5 June and 27 June – 3 July).

DREAM. The programme will show experimental short films questioning the barriers ahead of humans, as a race, to reach a new era. The biggest problem for this inevitable transition is the fear of change. It is a fear experienced, to a degree, by most humans, to the point of people inventing traditions and versions of the past to justify conservative (often fanatical) takes on culture, community, religion etc.

GAZE. This session programmed by La Inesperada Festival brings together four authors from the contemporary film scene who trace, through non-fiction, the intricate connections between family relationships and social traditions. That is to say, they speak to us of love and burdens of the past, of rituals and passions.

Edinburgh International Film Festival is here

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