When Summer knocks on our door, it can only mean the world’s longest running international film festival, Edinburgh is once with us again.
A star-studded film festival which will include everyone from Kylie Minogue, Steve Coogan, Brie Larsson, Rob Brydon, Anna Paquin, Guy Pearce, Margot Robbie.
Today Artistic Director Mark Adams unveiled the 72nd Programme for the upcoming Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), taking place next month between 20 June to 1 July. This year’s Festival will screen around 121 new features, including 21 world premieres, from 48 countries across the globe.
Until now we knew that Disney-Pixar’s annual visit to Scotland’s Capital will bring the UK premiere of there long awaited animated sequel Incredibles 2.This year’s Opening Gala will be Puzzle starring Kelly McDonald, Irrfan Khan, directed by Little Miss Sunshine’s Marc Turtletaub. Then on 1st July Rob Brydon will swim into the city with the hopefully funny Swimming With Men.
This year’s People’s Gala will be the World Premiere of Stephen Moyer’s directorial debut, The Parting Glass, starring Melissa Leo, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O’Hare, Anna Paquin (who also produces), Rhys Ifans and Ed Asner. Stephen Moyer & Anna Paquin will also take part in an In-Person event on Sunday 24th June.
Andrew Scott will deliver a captivating performance in Simon Fellows‘ Steel Country, with Tow For Joy, a powerful coming-of-age drama starring Samantha Morton and Billie Piper; Jamie Adams’ British comedy SONGBIRD, featuring Cobie Smulders and Haifaa al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley, with Elle Fanning taking on the role of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin.
This year the American Dreams strand will delve deep into some of the very best new films from American independent cinema. The directorial debut of Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson in which she stars alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Joan Cusack Unicorn Store. We will see a side of Jackson we haven’t seen. Glossy noir thriller, Terminal , starring and produced by Margot Robbie and Ideal Home in which Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan play a bickering gay couple who find themselves thrust into parenthood; 1980s set spy thriller starring Jon Hamm, The Negotiator (aka Beruit); A remake of Pappilon, the prison drama starring Steve McQueen, Duston Hoffman will make its debut. The 2018 version will star Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek in lead roles.
The World Perspectives will be alight with a diverse array of films. Flammable Children (Swinging Safari) starring Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce; The Butterfly Tree starring Melissa George and Ben Elton’s Three Summers starring Robert Sheehan and set at an Australian folk music festival. The Secret Of Marrowbone will bring a sense of atmospheric dread and a list of breakout young cast. starring George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth and Matthew Stagg. Audiences will be inspired by the creativity of Orson Welles in Mark Cousins’ The Eyes Of Orson Welles.
Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “EIFF prides itself on offering films and events that entertain, challenge, provoke, illuminate and excite and 2018 is no exception! From the best of up-and-coming British filmmakers to striking new cinema from around the world, we offer something for everyone: from rare access to filmmakers, live events to experience and the opportunity to see films that may never appear in the country again. We remain one of the world’s most venerable and acclaimed film festivals and are delighted to be able to offer audiences the chance to see some of the most exciting and innovative new film talents, in a setting steeped in history.”
The Festival’s previously announced pop-up outdoor cinema event Film Fest in the City with Mackays (15 – 17 June) will kick off the festivities early, with the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival running from 20 June – 1 July 2018.
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.
For more information on this year’s Festival visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.