Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015 lineup announced

New Artistic Director Mark Adams announced details of the programme for the 69th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). which runs from 17 to 28 June 2015. The Festival will showcase 164 features from 36 countries, including 24 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 16 European Premieres, 84 UK Premieres and 2 Scottish Premieres.

The Festival boasts 134 new features, with highlights including the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia’s striking documentary AMY, about the life of music legend Amy Winehouse, the latest Disney-Pixar animated sensation INSIDE OUT, screening as the Festival’s Family Gala; Arnold Schwarzenegger as a tormented father tending his zombie daughter in MAGGIEAndrew Mogel & Jarrad Paul’s THE D-TRAIN, starring Jack Black and James Marsden, while John Cusack and Paul Dano play different aged versions of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson in  music biopic LOVE & MERCY. Classic Screenings will include a rare outing for Noel Marshall’s ROAR, a legendary bizarre cult 1981 big cat movie.

EIFF will also be presenting a series of In-Person events including local hero Ewan McGregor who will attend with his new film LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT, Jane Seymour and Malcolm McDowell for their  roles in BEREAVE, cult Hong-Kong director Johnnie To, with his accompanying feature EXILED and EIFF Honorary Patron Seamus McGarvey who returns with his cinematography ‘In Conversation’ series with two-time Academy Award® winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler.

A special In-Person talk celebrates the 60th birthday of one of Britain’s eminent animators, Barry Purves, and musician, writer and comedian, Neil Innes will present A Half of Innes, a live In-conversation event with musical accompaniment.

British films in competition for the Michael Powell Award include Andrew Haigh’s beautiful portrait of a fractured relationship 45 YEARS, with performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, relationship comedy BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS from Jamie Adams which was shot in just five days on the Black Mountains of Wales, Joseph Bull and Luke Seomore’s BLOOD CELLS about a farmer’s son and his nomadic lifestyle which he is forced to leave behind, the World Premiere of sci-fi thriller BRAND NEW-U from acclaimed documentary-maker Simon Pummell, Jake Gavin’s HECTOR with Peter Mullan as a homeless man, Martin Radich’s NORFOLK with Denis Ménochet, Steven Nesbit’s Romeo and Juliet style drama NORTH v SOUTH with Greta Scacchi, Steven Berkoff and Bernard Hill, BAFTA-Scotland award-winner Colin Kennedy’s directorial debut feature SWUNG; Jane Linfoot’s  psychological drama THE INCIDENT with Ruta Gedmintas and Tom Hughes,  Ludwig and Paul Shammasian’s THE PYRAMID TEXTS starring James Cosmo, author Helen Walsh’s debut as writer/director THE VIOLATORS, THE LEGEND OF BARNEY THOMSON, EIFF Honorary Patron Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut and the Festival’s Opening Gala, and IONA, Scott Graham’s  family drama and the Closing Night Gala.
 The International Feature Film Competition includes World Premiere LEN AND COMPANY from Tim Godsall, Rick Famuyiwa’s coming of age tale DOPE Oliver Hirschbiegel’s World War II drama 13 MINUTES, I STAY WITH YOU from Artemio Narro, Niki Karimi’s drama NIGHT SHIFT, Marielle Heller’s THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL with Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård, Doze Niu Chen-Zer’s PARADISE IN SERVICE, YOU’RE UGLY TOO, from  director Mark Noonan, Ole Giæver and Marte Vold’s OUT OF NATURE, 600 MILES, a crime thriller with Tim Roth from Mexican director Gabriel Ripstein, THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT from  EIFF Award Winner Kyle Patrick Alvarez, and MANSON FAMILY VACATION.

This year’s Festival hosts the Award for Best Documentary Feature Film, as well as introducing ‘Doc of the Day’, with each featured film supported by an associated event. Documentaries include PROPHET’S PREY from Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg looking at the megalomaniacal leader of a fundamentalist church, Tiller Russell’s  PRECINCT SEVEN FIVE, Marah Strauch’s tribute to founding father of BASE jumping Carl Boenish in SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, Ross Sutherland’s STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP, based on his live Edinburgh Fringe show in 2014, WHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT, a spotlight on Britain’s ties to the illicit trade in Congolese conflict minerals directed by Michael Ramsdell, Crystal Moselle’s Sundance sensation THE WOLFPACK documenting an extraordinary family of film lovers who rarely leave their Manhattan home, ABOVE AND BELOW a  portrait of existence lived on the fringes of American society directed by Nicolas Steiner, Ilinca Calugareanu’s CHUCK NORRIS vs COMMUNISM which charts a hustler creating a videotheque resistance in the face of 1980s Romanian communism, Damon Gameau’s  look at our everyday inadvertent sugar intake in THAT SUGAR FILM, Douglas Tirola’s DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, David Nicholas Wilkinson’s  journey into the origins of cinema in THE FIRST FILM, José Luis López-Linares’ SHERRY & THE MYSTERY OF PALO CORTADO, Paul Goodwin’s look at the British sci-fi comic institution FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD; a love song to the rip-off Turkish pop cinema of the 60’s and 70’s REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF directed by Cem Kaya, an insight into the Bedouin traditions of camel pageants and auctions with one woman breaking taboos in NEARBY SKY by Nujoom Alghanem, THE IRON MINISTRY a portrait of China’s railways by JP Sniadecki, Kevin Pollack’s look at what makes comedians tick in MISERY LOVES COMEDY, THE NEWSROOM – OFF THE RECORD directed by Mikala Krogh, Asif Kapadia’s critically acclaimed AMY and Grant McPhee’s BIG GOLD DREAM: SCOTTISH POST-PUNK AND INFILTRATING THE MAINSTREAM.


EIFF will also host the World Premiere of the English-language version of UNDER MILK WOOD  Kevin Allen’s adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ iconic classic starring Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church,  Jon Watts’ thriller COP CAR starring Kevin Bacon, comedy THE OVERNIGHT directed by Patrick Brice starring Jason Schwartzman and Taylor Schilling, DESERT DANCER with Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto about the story of choreographer Afshin Ghaffarian, actress Talulah Riley’s debut as writer/director SCOTTISH MUSSEL, David Blair’s supernatural thriller THE MESSENGER, Isabel Coixet’s LEARNING TO DRIVE starring Patricia Clarkson and Sir Ben Kingsley. 

The American Dreams strand features Gina Prince-Bythewood’s enthralling musical melodrama BEYOND THE LIGHTS starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Minnie Driver and Danny Glover, FRANNY starring Dakota Fanning, Theo James and Richard Gere as a billionaire philanthropist. WELCOME TO ME starring Kristen Wiig,  Jamie Babbit’s dark comedy about the life of a sex addict in FRESNO, Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen’s comedy-romance MEET ME IN MONTENEGRO with Rupert Friend, road trip drama THE ROAD WITHIN starring Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel and Zoe Kravitz and Leslye Headland’s hilarious SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE with Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie and Adam Scott.

Directors’ Showcase includes David Gordon Green’s tale of loneliness and longing, MANGLEHORN with Al Pacino and Holly Hunter, Amy Berg’s  crime story EVERY SECRET THING starring Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks, Peter Bogdanovich’s sex comedy SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY,  Masaharu Take’s award-winning story of a young Japanese woman who morphs in to a boxer in 100 YEN LOVE and Nobuhiro Yamashita’s romantic comedy LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM.


Night Moves films include multi-award winning director Bruce McDonald’s  tale of evil trick-or-treaters HELLIONSCorin Hardy’s debut feature THE HALLOW, Hungarian director Károly Ujj Meszáros’ fantasy film LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY, director Justin Trefgarne’s NARCOPOLIS starring Elliot Cowan.

 The Young and The Wild strand is includes THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT about one girl’s lie leads to a small American town becoming the scene of a modern-day Salem Witch Trial, documentary PIRATES OF SALÉ which follows four young performers in Morocco as they join the country’s first professional circus, plus a selection of Shorts. The FilmFest Junior strand has family film PAPER PLANES about a boy who wants to enter the world of junior paper planes championship and LABYRINTHUS which tells the story of a boy’s friends who are trapped inside a computer game.  

The New Perspectives strand offers INDEX ZERO by Italian filmmaker Lorenzo Sportiello, about a couple struggling to stay together in a futuristic Europe, Emily Ting’s IT’S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG a romance set on the streets of Hong Kong, SAND DOLLARS by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas; MELBOURNE a drama set within a Tehran apartment by Nima Javidi and Olympic boxing drama KOZA from Ivan Ostrochovský.

Focus on Mexico strand features Gabriela Dominguez Ruvalcaba’s documentary THE DANCE OF THE MEMORY, Ernesto Contreras’ THE OBSCURE SPRING and THE BEGINNING OF TIME by Bernardo Arellano which looks at ageing and survival during economic and social unrest in Mexico. A selection of Classic Mexican films will screen as part of the Focus, including Roberto Gavaldón’s supernatural drama MACARIO the first Mexican film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Carlos Enrique Taboada’s POISON FOR THE FAIRIES, an unusual gothic tale of witchcraft, told from a child’s point of view.   

As well as the usual focus on British shorts, the Animation strand features cult favourite Ralph Bakshi, who will appear via Skype after a screening of FRITZ THE CAT and will also present an exclusive work-in-progress preview of his new short LAST DAYS OF CONEY ISLAND. Now it its 26th Year, The McLaren Award for Best New British Animation continues to charm audiences with two programmes of the best new short animations from the UK. Other highlights include Ralph Bakshi’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS and his post-apocalyptic feature WIZARDS. There will also be an opportunity to explore linternational animation from around the world in INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION: PANORAMA.  

BLACK BOX returns with another round of experimental films, plus the return for a third year of BLACK BOX LIVE which sees James Holcombe’s film, TYBURNIA accompanied by a live performance at the Traverse Theatre by Dead Rat Orchestra. Amongst the highlights are the World Premiere of Telemach’s Wiesinger KALEIDOSCOPE, a selection of shorts screenings in BLACK BOX SHORTS 1/2/3/4 and Félix Dufour-Laperrriè’s TRANSATLANTIC a  documentary  about life on a cargo ship.

 ‘LITTLE BIG SCREEN brings classic titles in the strand include Michael Mann’s THE JERICHO MILE, Steven Spielberg’s DUEL and Tobe Hooper’s SALEM’S LOT. The Festival also celebrates the work of Walter Hill in WALTER HILL: THE EARLY YEARS which will features  screenings of his finest early works including 48 HRS, THE DRIVER, HARD TIMES, THE LONG RIDERS, SOUTHERN COMFORT, STREETS OF FIRE and THE WARRIORS.


A chance to revisit a selection of films with their own distinctive cinematic stamp, CLASSICS offers audiences a rare chance to see some of these cult hits on the big screen, including Mark Christopher’s belated director’s cut release of his cult disco film, 54: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT, a remastered version of Carol Reed’s classic film THE THIRD MAN starring Orson Welles, and a screening of Joseph Sargent’s THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO.

CINEMATIC TV presents two new exciting productions offering entertainment on TV. These include a sneak-peek at the second season of DOLL & EM, the comedy series following real-life friends Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells and acclaimed artist Jake Chapman’s THE MARRIAGE OF REASON & SQUALOR starring Rhys Ifans in a satire of the paperback romance.

EIFF Honorary Patron Mark Cousins’ documentary 6 DESIRES: DH LAWRENCE AND SARDINIA he explores a journey through Sardinia where Lawrence travelled with his wife in 1921. Cousins will be taking part in a Q&A session following the screening of the film on Monday 22 June. Suitable for younger audiences, LIVE LIVE CINEMA: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS sees four talented performers create an entire live soundtrack to Roger Corman’s popular 1960 B-movie (THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS). The Edinburgh Schools Film Competition, now in its seventh year, invites young people from Edinburgh nursery, primary, secondary and special schools to submit their short films to EIFF whose selected films are then screened during the Festival for all to see. Screenings take place at Filmhouse on Saturday 27 June (Primary schools) and on Sunday 28 June (Secondary schools). 

EIFF presents a very special 30th anniversary screening of BACK TO THE FUTURE with live accompaniment from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Saturday 27 June.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “We are delighted to be presenting such a thrilling, fun, challenging, provocative, exciting and balanced programme. There really is something for everyone and we hope that filmgoers will get a lot of pleasure out of this year’s Festival.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “The Edinburgh International Film Festival has produced another excellent programme in 2015, showcasing Scottish talent alongside some of the best of world cinema. The film festival attracts visitors to Edinburgh and Scotland, as well as giving local residents the opportunity to see wonderfully diverse and creative films on their doorstep. It also invests in the future of filmmaking though the important delegate programme as well as the Festival Short Film Challenge, and Talent and Animation Labs. By nurturing talent within the industry the EIFF has an important role to play in developing skills to support the future of Scottish filmmaking. The Scottish Government is pleased to support the EIFF with Expo funding of £115,000 in 2015.”



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