Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara announced this morning at Filmhouse in Edinburgh details of the programme for the 68th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). This year the Festival, which runs from 18 to 29 June, will showcase 156 features from 47 countries, including 11 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 7 European Premieres and 95 UK Premieres.
The Festival boasts 124 new features, with highlights including Anton Corbijn’s A MOST WANTED MAN, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final performances, which screens within the Directors’ Showcase strand; Gia Coppola’s PALO ALTO, starring James Franco and Emma Roberts, which will screen in the American Dreams strand; and, straight from Cannes, Abel Ferrara’s controversial title WELCOME TO NEW YORK, inspired by the case of former IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, starring Gérard Depardieu, will receive its UK Premiere. EIFF will also host the World Premiere of CASTLES IN THE SKY from Gillies MacKinnon, the story of the Scottish engineer and developer of radar Robert Watson-Watt (Eddie Izzard). The film is one of the contenders for the Michael Powell Award, along with SET FIRE TO THE STARS, the debut feature from Andy Goddard, a semi-biographical drama depicting the life of Dylan Thomas and starring Elijah Wood, also screening as a World Premiere. Special Screenings include Anthony Baxter’s A DANGEROUS GAME, the follow-up to the award-winning You’ve Been Trumped, exploring American property developer Donald Trump’s incursion into Scotland; and this year’s family gala will be the UK Premiere of the animated heist adventure THE NUT JOB, featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Liam Neeson.
Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “A film festival must keep trying to remain challenging, provocative and responsive, and I believe the programme we’re unveiling today shows our success at doing that this year. It’s a diverse and artistically strong programme that will delight and surprise our audiences, both old and new, and that will reward those who share our passion for exploring cinema in all its forms.”