Film Festival opening and closing films announced

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Two tales of frustration and self-discovery will open and close the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival, one a contemporary story of emotional-awakening in rural England, the other a 1970s piece charting the urban origins of one of Britain's best loved and most controversial pop-stars. 

Opening Night Gala, 21 June 2017

God's Own Country (UK Premiere)

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Set in the sheep farming hills of Yorkshire and filmed entirely on location, God's Own Country is the story of Johnny, a lonely young man keeping his family's farm afloat but unsatisfied and unhappy. 

The arrival of Gheorge, a handsome Romanian migrant worker, changes Johnny's life as he begins to discover previously unknown feelings in this beautifully romantic and tender film. 

First time director Francis Lee said: 

It’s a great privilege that God's Own Country has been selected as the Opening Night film of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. After the incredible critical and audience responses to the film in both Sundance and Berlin earlier in the year, I'm thrilled to bring God's Own Country to the UK for the first time.

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of the Film Festival added: 

This hotly-tipped feature debut is one to watch in this incredible year for independent film and perfectly reflects the Festival’s ongoing dedication to delivering audiences the most original and artistically accomplished work in international cinema.

God's Own Country will be shown at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on Wednesday 21 June, 8:40pm 

Film Festival information and booking links

Closing Night Gala, 2 July 2017

England is Mine (World Premiere)

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In 1970s Manchester, a young man dreams of musical fame amid the mundanity of his dull job and frustration at his working-class surroundings. This is not just any young man though - his name is Steven Morrissey, and he will go on to form one of the UK's most important and influential bands, The Smiths. 

Following Morrissey in the years before he was known best by his surname alone, Director Mark Gill's biopic explores the legendary frontman's roots as he explores the city's music scene. It's here that he meets artist Linder Sterling, the woman who will inspire him to become the star he dreams of. 

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of the Film Festival said:

Morrissey is one of Britain’s most iconic artists, and this delve into his formative years is a witty and enthralling look at a great music talent. The world premiere of England is Mine will be a perfect way to wrap this year’s Festival

England is Mine will be shown at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on Sunday 2 July, 5.15pm 

Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 21 June to 2 July 2017, and tickets for selected screenings, including God's Own Country and England is Mine, are on sale now. The full programme will be launched on 31 May 2017.

More information on the Film Festival, including program and booking links.

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