Edinburgh Film Festival Family Gala Will Be UglyDolls

As we step even closer to the programme Launch for Edinburgh International Film Festival, today the festival announced two exciting new additions.The People’s Gala is the Jamie Adams drama Balance, Not Symmetry and the fun-packed new animated musical adventure UglyDolls starring Kelly Clarkson, will be this year’s Family Gala.

Balance, Not Symmetry is a beautiful cinematic tribute to art, music and Scotland (and Glasgow in particular). A moving, funny and inspirational new film from the talented and prolific filmmaker Jamie Adams, it was made in close conjunction with the great Scottish band Biffy Clyro, who worked on both the storyline and the score.

Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming) stars as a Scottish-American art student who is studying at Glasgow School of Art, and whose privileged existence is thrown into a spin when her father unexpectedly dies. Torn between supporting her mother (Kate Dickie) and dealing with her own sense of loss, she finds herself re-examining her life and friends. She finds inspiration from provocative fellow student Hannah (Bria Vinaite, The Florida Project)

The film will screen at EIFF on Sunday 23rd June at Festival Theatre. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/2019/balance-not-symmetry

Related: 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival Links

The much-beloved global plush toy phenomenon UglyDolls will the big screen at Edinburgh with a fun-packed new animated musical adventure, featuring the acting and singing voices of a wonderful cast, including Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton and Pitbull. Unconventionality rules at the film’s warm-hearted core, as the ever-optimistic UglyDolls confront accepted notions of beauty.

In Uglyville, the free-spirited Moxy (Kelly Clarkson) and her UglyDoll friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss. Occasionally, the endearingly unique residents of Uglyville look to the sky, where a new UglyDoll will appear and be embraced by the community.

But when Moxy and a group of her closest friends set off to find what’s outside their community, they discover another world – Perfection. It is a town where more conventional dolls are trained in protocols before they graduate and are sent to the ‘real’ world to find the love of a child. In Perfection, Moxy and her crew are subject to the manipulations of Lou (Nick Jonas), the perfect doll in charge of training recruits.

The film will also screen at EIFF on Sunday 23rd June at Festival Theatre where face painting, a photo booth and costume characters will entertain audiences in advance of the screening. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/2019/uglydolls

The 73rd edition of EIFF runs from 19 June – 30 June 2019 with the full programme launched on 29th May.

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