Film Festival 2019 ready for the big screen
Edinburgh International Film Festival is back and ready to wow the crowds in 2019 with highlights including Toy Story 4, Danny Boyle, Robert the Bruce and a celebration of female directors.
This year the Festival (19 - 30 June) will screen around 121 new features, including 18 feature film World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 8 European Premieres and 78 UK Premieres from 42 countries across the globe.
Best of British
Championing brilliant British cinema, the Festival will feature world premieres for Bittersweet Symphony starring Suki Waterhouse as a woman on the brink of Hollywood stardom, The Black Forest from writer-director Ruth Platt, Hurt by Paradise by director Greta Bellamacina, Schemers based on writer-producer David McLean’s early years in the music business and thriller Strange But True starring Blythe Danner, Brian Cox and Greg Kinnear. Film-lovers can also attend an in-person event with acclaimed Director Danny Boyle and see a screening of his new feature Yesterday with an all-star cast including Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran and Kate McKinnon.
In a varied selection of new cinema from across the pond, this year’s programme includes the World Premiere of Liberté: A Call to Spy, a fascinating story of a real life sisterhood of spies. The festival will also welcome International Premieres of the clever and deviously dark mystery I See You starring Helen Hunt; Andrew Patterson’s sci-fi mystery feature debut The Vast of Night; indie film Justine, which explores the role of a single mother working as a caregiver to a girl with spina bifida and the comedy drama Go Back to China directed by Emily Ting.
As always, European cinema features strongly at the festival, with a selection which includes Elfar Adalsteins’ End of Sentence where a bickering father and son from America take a road trip in Ireland; the International Premieres of writer-director Mary McGuckian’s powerful new film A Girl from Mogadishu that tells the inspiring true story of Ifrah Ahmed, a Somalian refugee and She’s Missing from Irish writer-director Alexandra McGuinness.
Focus on Spain
The festival features a special focus on Spain strand celebrating and delving into the country’s rich cinematic history. Highlights include: gripping sci-fi thriller h0us3 from Manolo Munguía, inspired by the mysterious ‘insurance files’ famously employed by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks; Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles from Salvador Simó, an accomplished and fitting homage to the great master of surrealist cinema and the directorial debut from Nicolás Pacheco, Cages.
New works feature from talented filmmakers from around the world, including the world premiere of Astronaut, starring Richard Dreyfuss. Australian cinema features prominently with the acclaimed Acute Misfortune, plus The Flip Side starring Eddie Izzard; Undertow, a tense and moving female-led drama from director Miranda Nation and Top End Wedding, a rom-com about family ties and contrasting cultures.
Highlights in this year’s programme include This Changes Everything, a moving and funny documentary examining the problems faced by women in the film industry and featuring interviews with Hollywood greats including Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Taraji P. Henson, Reese Witherspoon and Cate Blanchett. There’s also star presence in Loopers The Caddie’s Long Walk, narrated by former caddie Bill Murray and Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, from Nick Broomfield, which gives audiences an insight into Leonard Cohen’s love affair with Marianne Ihle.
The world of experimental film is once again uncovered in the Festival’s ever-popular BLACK BOX strand. Films screening as part of the strand include: Philip Hoffman’s Vulture, an observational study of farm life and Home in E Major, a deeply personal and quietly poetic documentary about displacement, friendship and the importance of home as well as a number of shorts programme including Politics of Place, which explore the relationship between humans, nature and technology.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 19 June to 30 June 2019 and tickets are on sale now. Find out more at www.edfilmfest.org.uk