The 70th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival starts on the 15th of June and it’s shaping up to be one of the best yet. The EIFF is the longest continual running film festival in the world and is always at the forefront of exploring new ideas and discovering new film talent. Previous notable films to have premiered at the festival include a whole host of Oscar winners such as Brave, Little Miss Sunshine and The Hurt Locker.
This year’s festival will be hosting 161 features from 46 countries, showing 22 world premieres and 85 UK premieres including the much anticipated UK premiere of Disney-Pixar Finding Dory. Over 1,400 delegates, filmmakers and press will be in attendance with some famous faces making an appearance too.
Each year the festival follows main themes around which events, film screenings and Q&A’s will focus on. This year’s themes include Best of British, American Dreams, Night Movies and Focus on Finland among others. There will also be a number of retrospectives including POW! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptions in which visitors will be able to view the first generation of comic book movie adaptions.
Although the festival has a strong focus on international film, it also showcases great Scottish film-making. The opening gala will include the premiere of Tommy’s Honour starring Peter Mullan as the famous Scottish golfer Tom Morris, whilst the closing gala will conclude the festival in style with the premiere of the much awaited Whisky Galore reboot starring Eddie Izzard, Gregor Fisher and James Cosmo.
Other screenings definitely not to be missed are the British film ‘Away’ starring Juno Temple and Timothy Spall as two lost souls who form an unlikely friendship, and ‘Maggie’s Plan’ with starring turns from Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke.
In celebration of the significant 70-year milestone, the EIFF have collaborated with renowned Bute Fabrics to create a special festival tartan which will be available to buy as a scarf. Did you know the gorgeous soft furnishings in our Old Town Chambers apartments are designed by Bute Fabrics too? Check out our website to see more: http://www.lateralcity.com/old-town-chambers
For more information, visit the Edinburgh International Film Festival website, http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/