2018 Edinburgh Film Festival To Open With Puzzle Starring Kelly McDonald


Edinburgh International Film Festival is just around the corner and today The Festival announced Marc Turtletaub‘s (Little Miss Sunshine) Puzzle will open this year’s Festival.

The film features Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald next to Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World, Life Of Pi). The film will open the 72nd edition of the Festival on Wednesday 20th June.

Puzzle is the closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys but being very, very good at it.

After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband Louie and sons Ziggy and Gabe, Agnes has found something that she wants to do. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who immediately recognizes her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world, puzzling and conversing with Robert, takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding come new insights and an assertiveness that finds her speaking out on her own behalf and pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family. Ultimately, Agnes will decide for herself what comes next.

This week Sony Pictures Classics released the American version of the trailer, check it out…

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival commented: “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the undeniable talent of Kelly Macdonald in this wonderfully enjoyable and uplifting film. It is a subtle and impressive new film that succeeds on all levels.”

Puzzle joins Incredibles 2 confirmed for 72nd Edition of the festival. Hopefully, soon we’ll find out the closing gala film.

Kelly Macdonald and director Marc Turtletaub are expected to attend the Festival.

Puzzle will be released by Sony Pictures Releasing in the UK & Ireland, this Summer. The film will open the festival on Wednesday 20th June.

The full 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival programme will be announced on Wednesday 23rd May. Next to Glasgow, Edinburgh Film Festival is our next local festival. We’re already confirmed to attend and will do our best to deliver the best coverage we can.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale to Filmhouse members on 23rd May then 2 days later to the public, Friday 25 May (10 am)

The 72nd edition of EIFF runs from 20 June – 1 July 2018. For more information on this year’s Festival visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

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