The forthcoming EdinburghInternational Film Festival (EIFF) is to change its closing night film, endingweeks of squabbling and speculation about Wong Kar-wai's2046.
In a statement, the EIFF announced that it would replace the previouslyscheduled 2046 with
After some four years in the pipeline, 2046was presented in competition at
The ongoing work meant that the film's international representative, FortissimoFilm Sales has spent several weeks turning down numerous invitations from festivalsaround the world.
Tartan's proprietor Hamish MacAlpine, who alsoproduced Sixteen Years, wasundoubtedly keen to present 2046 in
There was confusion over which version would be screened at the EIFF - theunfinished
While Wong's production house Jettone was keeping upthe pressure, it is unclear what other pressures were going on behind thescenes. A ban by the Chinese authorities - 2046has Chinese nationality - on the film attending any other festivals until afterthe mainland Chinese theatrical release in October was whispered, but denied byFortissimo. It may simply have become clear that Wong, rumoured to bere-shooting as well as re-editing, would not be able to travel to the festival.
Instead of putting the film out in mid-October, as it had announced Tartan willnow have to modify its