Film Festival 2018 ready for the big screen

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Edinburgh International Film Festival is back and ready to wow the crowds in 2018 with its signature mix of big name premieres, international programming, cinematic classics and great entertainment for all the family. 

The Festival (20 June to 1 July 2018) includes over 120 new features from 48 different countries in a lineup sure to capture the imagination of any lover of cinema. 

Festival Artistic Director Mark Adams said: 

Edinburgh International Film Festival 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.

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Major movies in Edinburgh this summer include the premieres of opening and closing films Puzzle and Swimming With Men, the long-awaited Disney-Pixar sequel Incredibles 2 (above), the premiere of Stephen Moyer's debut The Parting Glass and more. 

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Best of British

Championing brilliant British cinema, the Festival will feature world premieres for thriller Steel Country, coming of age drama Two for Joy and comedies Old Boys and Eaten By Lions. There's also a chance to see Lucid, starring Billy Zane and Sadie Frost, Songbird with Cobie Smulders and Elle Fanning in the title role of Haifaa al-Mansour's Mary Shelley (above). 

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European Perspectives

As always, European cinema features strongly at the festival, with a selection which includes touching drama Never Leave Me (above), and Euro romp Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle. The lineup also features Diving from director Mélanie Laurent, What Will People Say from Iram Haq and French comedy C'est la Vie

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American Dreams

Great new American cinema at the Festival includes Brie Larson's directorial debut Unicorn Store (above), starring Larson, Samuel L Jackson and Joan Cusack, Hearts Beat Loud with Parks & Rec star Nick Offerman, Terminal starring and produced by Margot Robbie, Sam Hoffman's Humor Me, Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan in Ideal Home, spy thriller The Negotiator and a remake of classic 70s prison drama Papillon

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World Perspectives

Epic Chinese drama An Elephant Sitting Still and award-winning South American film The Heiresses lead the way in the World Perspectives strand of the programme, with No.1 Chung Ying Street, Girls Always Happy and Brazilian comedy Loveling offering lots to look forward to. Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce star in Australian comedy Flammable Children (Swinging Safari), and there's more from down under with Melissa George in The Butterfly Tree and Three Summers (above), directed by Ben Elton. 

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Focus on Canada

The Festival also features a special Focus on Canada strand with a range of films from the northernmost part of North America. Among the selection is a range of movies, chosen by the Festivals Young Programmers, which look at the experiences of First Nations youth - these include Indian Horse (above), Kayak to Klemtu and a range of shorts in Spotlight on Contemporary Canadian Short Films

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Alongside all of the new work on show, the Festival also presents some of the best in older films with its three-pronged retrospective programme Time of the Signs: Chasing the American Zeitgeist. Featuring three thematic strands, including female American directors, the American media and early 80s horror, the programme features such classics as Network, The King of Comedy, Fast Times at Ridgemont HighA Nightmare on Elm StreetWorking Girls and Poltergeist (above) among many others. 

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Special Events

More classic cinema is featured in three special Festival events, with the RSNO returning to give live accompaniment to another blockbuster film, Steven Spielberg's seminal Jaws (above), while Writer Director Bill Forsyth will take part in a Q&A immediately after a screening of his beloved film, Local Hero. And fans of 60s rock and pop are sure to love Retrospective LIVE! a special screening and concert experience evening with DA Pennebaker’s renowned concert film Monterey Pop, featuring performances by Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix and The Mamas & the Papas. 

The lineup will also feature a range of great animation, documentaries, children's films, late-night horror and sci-fi, short filmsopen air screenings and much more, as the Film Festival continues to thrill and entertain movie lovers of all tastes. 

Scott Donaldson, Acting Director, Screen at Creative Scotland, said:

EIFF is a world-class film festival, and this year’s programme highlights exactly why, offering audiences and industry delegates an extremely diverse selection of some of the most exciting cinema both from Scotland and from around the world. We are proud to support the Edinburgh International Film Festival and congratulate the team on what promises to be a stellar edition.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 20 June to 1 July 2018 and tickets are on sale now. Find out more at

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