Edinburgh International Film Festival will be teasing their funnybones when the 72nd edition of the Festival closes on Sunday 1st July. Today the festival announced Swimming With Men starring Rob Brydon will be their closing gala.
The film is directed by BAFTA nominated Oliver Parker (Dorian Gray, An Ideal Husband) and also starring Adeel Akhtar, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves, Daniel Mays, Charlotte Riley, Thomas Turgoose with Jane Horrocks and Nathaniel Parker.
Mark Adams, Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival commented: “Swimming with Men is a classic British comedy delight packed with a series of quite wonderful performances. It is the perfect film to wrap up a Festival that prides itself on celebrating all that is great about British filmmaking.”
Director Oliver Parker added: “It’s such an honour and a real pleasure to be having our UK premiere as the closing film at Edinburgh International Film Festival. I can’t think of a better place for our intrepid swimmers to take the plunge.”
Swimming With Men tells the story of accountant Eric (Brydon), Faced with a full-blown mid-life crisis, he joins an all-male group of synchronised swimmers and discovers that making patterns in a pool can, for a couple of hours at least, give him escapism from the bumps in his work and marriage. Initially keeping their personal lives in the locker, the ramshackle squad and coach Susan slowly begin to reveal their inner lives, as well as their paunches. But can they get their routines, not to mention their lives, in sync as they embark on an unlikely journey to Milan to compete in the World Championship?
Following its UK premiere at the Festival, distributor Vertigo Releasing will be releasing Swimming with Men on 6th July 2018.
The 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival programme will be announced on Wednesday 23 May. Tickets go on sale to Filmhouse members on Wednesday 23 May at 12noon and on sale to the public on Friday 25 May at 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. We’ll off course in a few weeks time will bring you news on the programme line up. We’re already confirmed to attend, so