The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet's animated feature creates an Edinburgh never seen before

  • List.co.uk
  • 2 June 2010

This article is from 2010.

The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet creates Edinburgh as never seen before

On Arthur's Seat, looking west over Salisbury Crags

Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist, the film opening the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival, puts a vision of Edinburgh, and rural Scotland, on screen like no other. Set in 1950s Edinburgh and the Western Isles, locations depicted in the animated feature include Princes Street, The Balmoral Hotel, Broughton Place, George Street, Arthur's Seat and Oban.

Full EIFF listings at www.list.co.uk/festival

More stills available at www.lillusionniste-lefilm.com

The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet creates Edinburgh as never seen before

Edinburgh's Princes Street, looking West

The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet creates Edinburgh as never seen before

Jenners on Princes Street, opposite the Scott Monument

The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet creates Edinburgh as never seen before

On George Street, looking West to Charlotte Square

The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet creates Edinburgh as never seen before

Not too sure about this one. A port on one the islands where the mainland ferry terminates. Any suggestions?

The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet creates Edinburgh as never seen before

Oban harbour and train station.

The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet creates Edinburgh as never seen before

Passing through the Sound of Mull, past Duart Castle? Suggestions on exact on location welcome.

The Illusionist trailer

The Illusionist

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • UK/France
  • 1h 23min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sylvain Chomet
  • Cast: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin

The product of five years' work in an animation studio that Chomet (Belleville Rendezvous) set up in Edinburgh when he fell in love with the capital after attending its International Film Festival, this is an uncannily accurate portrayal of Edinburgh and Scotland. The story is an unfilmed script from Jacques Tati and the…

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