Kogonada’s After Yang Set To Close 2022 Edinburgh Film Festival

It may not feel it outside, Summer is here which means The Edinburgh International Film Festival. Today the festival have announced Kogonada‘s critically acclaimed After Yang will close this year’s festival.

That day will take place on 20th August at the city’s Vue Omni Edinburgh Leith Street cinema with the director himself expected to be in attendance.

The film stars Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja with Justin H.Min as Yang. ‘After Yang’ tells the story of a family who lose their A.I helper, and the profound feelings that the experience induces. When his young daughter’s beloved companion — an android named Yang (H. Min) — malfunctions, Jake  (Farrell) searches for a way to repair him. In the process, Jake discovers the life that has been passing in front of him, reconnecting with his wife (Turner-Smith) and daughter (Tjandrawidjaja) across a distance he didn’t know was there.

Our reviews editor Scott J.Davis watched the film earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival, rating the film 5 stars. describing the film as a “a celebratory, inspiring, and exhilarating love letter to the power of humanity, technology, and the uneasy relationship in the middle“.

The film is set to for release by Sky Cinema in UK and Irish cinemas in September and they recently released the UK Trailer…

After Yang’ had its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021 where it was warmly received by international critics, it went on to win the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film is directed and written by Kogonada, based on the short story by Alexander Weinstein. Produced by Theresa Park, Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan, Paul Mezey.

Director Kogonada said “I’m honored and thrilled that our film has been picked to close the 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival. I hope my schedule allows me to attend in person so that I can present the film on the big screen to the engaged festival audience there.”

Kristy Matheson, the festival’s Creative Director  added “As a huge fan of Kogonada’s previous film ‘Columbus’ I could not be happier to be closing the Edinburgh International Film Festival with the director’s latest offering. ‘After Yang’ is an exquisite jewel of a film, boasting knockout performances from some of the finest acting talents from Ireland and the UK. I’m sure audiences will share my enthusiasm for this thought provoking and deeply moving film. Many thanks to Sky Cinema in making the film available to us.”

For our 2022 edition, EIFF will include a Carte Blanche series from Kogonada. We’re excited to present this beautiful selection of films, offering audiences a special insight into some of the films that have inspired ‘After Yang’.

This year the EIFF celebrates its 75th anniversary, with a host of soon to be announced films, events and programmes that feed into the film festival’s history of supporting new film talent by connecting audiences with innovative and essential storytellers.

After Yang’, a Sky Original, will be released in cinemas and on Sky Cinema from 22nd September, with tickets now on sale for the gala www.edfilmfest.org.uk

75th Edinburgh International Film Festival will run between 12th until 20th August. The full programme will be launched on 20th July, we’ll bring you the line up.