For cinema lovers this is the best fortnight in Edinburgh as the Film Festival comes to town. This is the last year that the Film Festival will happen in August, in future years it will take place in June. I saw my first film today, Aria a Japanese road movie. The film is beautifully minimalist and sometimes surreal. The story involves a piano tuner who is searching for the right beach on which to scatter his wife's ashes, a Kabuki puppet master who leaves his puppet to the piano tuner and a mysterious woman who claims to be the Kabuki master's daughter, who is searching for a particular piano. The film is made up of snapshots and fragments which fit together like pieces of a jigsaw.
Aria shows again tomorrow, Saturday, 18 August in Cineworld.