The line-up for the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has been unveiled by artistic director Mark Adams.
This year’s EIFF (June 15-26) will comprise a total 161 features from 46 countries including: 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 UK premieres.
Highlights include the UK premiere of Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory, in-person events that include US indie filmmaker Kevin Smith and Sex & The City actress Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of the previously announced Tommy’s Honourand Whisky Galore!.
Old classics will be re-imagined with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing the score to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of Highlander, celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.
The Best Of British strand will include 12 titles that will compete for the Michael Powell Award (see below), including opening film Tommy’s Honour and The Library Suicides, the debut feature of director Euros Lyn, whose TV work includes Daredevil, Sherlock, Black Mirror and Doctor Who.
Also in Best of British is the world premiere of Chris Foggin’s coming-of-age drama KIDS IN LOVE, starring Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne; Jane Gull’s Down’s syndrome drama My Feral Heart; the world premiere of Graeme Maley’s Nordic noir A Reykjavik Porno; Simon Dixon’s mercenary drama Tiger Raid; and Benjamin Turner’s Ibiza-set crime thriller White Island, also a world premiere.
As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of Tommy’s Honour, starring Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden, and will close with the world premiere of Whisky Galore!, starring Gregor Fisher, James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard.
Scottish actor Rose Leslie will star alongside Ray Liotta and Gina Rodriguez in family drama STICKY NOTES, from director Amanda Sharp.