Edinburgh Castle from The Grassmarket, 1955

The 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival launched with the UK premiere of Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist, adapted from an unproduced Jacques Tati script. Chomet has created an astonishing, magical love letter to Edinburgh after moving here in 2004. The staggering, hand-drawn animation, a world away from recent flash-bang 3D extravaganzas evokes the city in the late 50's. The effort and care demonstrated by Chomet and his team of extraordinary animators truly brings the city to life and highlights how the city can inspire and delight visitors from all over the world.


We’ve had a look through our images in Capital collections

in search of the locations which inspired and were used in Chomet's extraordinary film.


Enter the world of The Illusionist!


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Taken on June 18, 2010