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EIFF announces new Honorary Patrons and the winner of the 2015 Audience Award.

  

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced two new Honorary Patrons of the Festival. James Cosmo and Karen Gillan will be joining Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle, Seamus McGarvey and Mark Cousins as EIFF Honorary Patrons as the Festival heads into its 70th anniversary year.

 

EIFF Artistic Director Mark Adams said: “We are thrilled to add two Scottish luminaries to our illustrious troop of EIFF Honorary Patrons. James Cosmo is a powerhouse of acting fortitude, acknowledged this year by the Michael Powell Jury, and Karen Gillan is not only a star onscreen – her directorial debut at EIFF has shown her talents also extend behind the camera. Karen is unable to join us this evening as she’s on a long-haul flight, and James has been backwards and forwards to the Festival so many times with his two films and the Awards Ceremony, he needed a night off! But they are both with us in spirit, and we’re delighted to know they’re flying the EIFF flag worldwide for us.”

 

James Cosmo said: “It’s a real honour, and a genuine privilege to serve as Honorary Patron for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. As a Scots born actor, EIFF has always held a place in my heart and I look forward to working with the other honorary patrons and all the staff there as the Festival moves into its 70th edition in June 2016.”

 

Karen Gillan said “I am so thrilled to become a Patron of Edinburgh International Film Festival. I moved to Edinburgh, from Inverness, when I was sixteen to study acting. I developed such a creative connection with the city. So to come back and celebrate Scottish and international filmmaking is an honour.”

 

The recipient of the 2015 Audience Award went to BIG GOLD DREAM: SCOTTISH POST-PUNK AND INFILTRATING THE MAINSTREAM, directed by Grant McPhee.
   

 

Winners unveiled at 69th Edinburgh  International Film Festival 

  
The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) Awards were announced today.

 

The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film was awarded to Andrew Haigh’s 45 YEARS.

 

Special Mentions were given to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT and J. Davis’ MANSON FAMILY VACATION.

 

The Michael Powell Jury said: “We’re delighted to present the Michael Powell Award for best British feature. This year it goes to a quietly explosive film which represents classic filmmaking at its best. This is a measured yet provocative film, a masterclass in understated acting that was the unanimous choice of the jury.”

 

Director Andrew Haigh said: “This is a real honour and made even more special when you consider the list of British films that have won before. All you can hope for when you make a film is that it resonates with people and that is why receiving an award such as this feels so fantastic.”

 

The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film was shared between James Cosmo for his performance in THE PYRAMID TEXTS and Charlotte Rampling for her performance in 45 YEARS.

 

Jury member Ian Hart said: “There’s an old actor’s joke when someone’s rehearsing a scene and they come across a certain piece of text and they say I don’t need that line, I can do that with a look. But most people can’t so the line goes back in. But certain people can, they can do more with a gesture, they can do more with a look than most people can do with ten words, and this is why this award goes to Charlotte Rampling.”

 

Jury member Karen Gillan said: “I think I speak to all up and coming Scottish actors when I say James Cosmo is a huge inspiration, his acting is a lesson to us all, you show us how it’s done.”

 

Charlotte Rampling said: “It is an extraordinary moment when you are singled out when the craft that you have been perfecting throughout your life is appreciated and rewarded. It is thrilling and humbling and I thank you so much for giving me the chance to feel so proud. I thank Andrew Haigh for seeing what he sees, Tom Courtenay for moving me to tears, and Tristan Golligher for believing that this could be made.”

 

The Award for Best International Feature Film was awarded to Marielle Heller’s THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL.

 

The International Competition Jury said: “The Diary of a Teenage Girl is imaginative both visually and narratively, emotionally gripping and completely unapologetic in tone. We had a tough decision to make as we had some very strong contenders.”

 

Marielle Heller said: “Although this is an American film, it was made by a very international group, including our North Star, the British Bel Powley, whose brave performance is the heart of this film. I am so pleased to have such a prestigious UK premiere for the film at Edinburgh, and I am especially thrilled for Bel’s performance to be brought to her home turf for the first time. And I am so honoured by this award, which was a wonderful shock!”

 

The Award for Best Documentary Feature Film was awarded to Crystal Moselle’s THE WOLFPACK.

 

The Best Documentary Feature Film Jury said: “Out of a very strong field, the Jury has selected THE WOLFPACK as the best documentary in competition at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Shot over five years, the director Crystal Moselle turned a chance encounter with six brothers into an intriguing, intimate portrait that shines a light on the warmth, humour and underlying tension of an extraordinary situation.”

 

SCRAPBOOK directed by Mike Hoolboom won the award for Best Short Film.

 

Special Mentions went to Juliana Bao’s performance in Maruani Landa’s CIPRIANA and Ahmet Simsek’s performance in Jannis Lenz’s SHADOWBOXER.

 

Mike Hoolboom said: “I feel touched this afternoon by a hand that has reached all the way across the Atlantic to find me in my Toronto home: who knew that hands could reach that far, and with such kindness. It reminds me that the cinema is able, sometimes, at least occasionally, to bring far away people so close, close enough that they can feel like part of our lives, and help us with this fundamental task: how can we get along with each other?”
The McLaren Award for Best New British Animation, supported by the British Council, went to STEMS by director Ainslie Henderson.

 

The Student Critics Jury Award, went to BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS directed by Jamie Adams.

 

The Student Critics Jury citation read: “We’ve seen such a variety of films, and all of us have our favourites, and our guilty pleasures – and what’s more, they’ve all been very different! It was genuinely challenging to pick just one – but in the end, our vote was unanimous.”

 

Jamie Adams, director of BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS said: “The idea that a dozen or so students have concluded that our movie Black Mountain Poets is the one that has excited their collective imaginations the most out of the brilliant movies they considered is a beautiful thing – it reminds me why we set out to create our modern romance trilogy in the first place.”

 

   

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.”

  

 

Scottish Filmmakers set to make an impression at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

    

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced a number of Scottish titles in the 2015 Programme showcasing the works of numerous Scottish filmmakers and acting talent. 

This year’s includes Peter Mullan’s  in HECTOR, about a homeless pensioner Hector McAdam with a tragic past. The film will receive its World Premiere at the Festival. James Cosmo’s in PYRAMID TEXTS, which tells the story of veteran fighter Ray who talks about his life and career in the ring. BAFTA-Scotland award-winner Colin Kennedy’s Glasgow-set directorial debut feature SWUNG, which a drama about the secret underside of a very modern relationship taken to its emotional and sexual limits based on Ewan Morrison’s debut novel of the same name. Former EIFF short award Former EIFF short award winner Martin Radich’s NORFOLK is about a tough-love father (Denis Menochet from Inglourious Basterds) whose strong relationship with his teenage son (Barry Keoghan) is tested when the boy befriends a girl (Goda Lethauskaite).  Talulah Riley’s writer/directorial debut feature SCOTTISH MUSSEL with Martin Compston as a Glaswegian chancer who moonlights as an illegal pearl fisher in the Highland streams, but falls for a beautiful English conservationist (played by Riley herself) who is passionate about saving endangered mussels. The film co-stars Rufus Hound, Joe Thomas, boxer “Amazing” Alex Arthur and Harry Enfield, and talent from the film are expected to attend the Festival.

Fascinating true Scottish stories make a  appearance in this year’s Programme, ANDREW CARNEGIE: RAGS TO RICHES, POWER TO PEACE details the infamous figure from his humble beginnings in his hometown of Dunfermline, to one of the wealthiest men in the world. David Street’s BATTLE MOUNTAIN follows cycling legend Graeme Obree, aka “The Flying Scotsman”, as he prepares for the human-powered vehicle land speed record attempt in Nevada, using a very unusual bike designed by himself, and christened “The Beastie” by his friend Sir Chris Hoy. Obree is confirmed to attend the film’s World Premiere at the Festival on Friday 19 June. The European Premiere of THE CLOSER WE GET is a autobiographical story from Scottish director Karen Guthrie, about  an apparently ordinary family having to stoically deal with broken dreams and hidden secrets. 

Scottish shorts this year include Karen Gillan’s directorial debut COWARD which receives its European Premiere at the Festival. The film tells the story of a young girl and the pressures she gets from her mother to become a famous actress. Additional shorts include Still Game star Greg Hemphill’s irreverent comedy GASPING starring the brilliant Frankie Boyle as Harvey Higgins who tackles his demons, and loses, which receives its European Premiere. The World Premiere of Edinburgh-based director Owen Rixon’s animation TOONOCALYPSE sees two Edinburgh students document the seemingly harmless infiltration of Earth by cute little cartoon characters. 

Presenting a number of music documentaries, EIFF will host the World Premiere of Grant McPhee’s BIG GOLD DREAM, a contender for The Audience Award, which tells the previously untold story of a post-punk/indie music scene that reverberated from Edinburgh, throughout the UK and beyond. The film takes a look at Bob Last and Hilary Morrison’s independent record label Fast Product in the late 1970s, which quickly became the hub for an eclectic group of musicians. There will be an exclusive gig following the film’s Premiere on Friday 19 June at the Traverse Theatre featuring some of the musical talents from the film including singer-songwriter Vic Godard. Stefan Schwietert’s fascinating glimpse into the mind of a musical maverick, IMAGINE WAKING UP TOMORROW AND ALL MUSIC HAS DISAPPEARED documents Scottish artist, musician and writer, Bill Drummond’s idiosyncratic approach to the music industry. Here he provides exclusive commentary on his work, past and present, whilst working on one of his current passions, his choral project The17. Drummond will attend the UK Premiere of the film and take part in a special performance after the screening. Artur Guza’s access-all-areas documentary POLSKA delves in to the world of Scottish singer, songwriter and actor Derek Dick, better known as “Fish”, who was the lead singer of British rock band Marillion. A deeply moving and honest portrayal, Fish will be in attendance at the Festival where the film receives its World Premiere.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “We are delighted to be presenting so many films with Scottish links at this year’s festival. Not only are we opening and closing with brilliant new local films, but the festival is punctuated with terrific Scottish documentaries, shorts, animation and features.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “This year the Edinburgh International Film Festival is bursting with Scottish talent. From the opening scenes of The Legend of Barney Thomson to when the credits roll on Iona, the festival will celebrate a wide variety of talented Scottish actors and filmmakers. This extraordinary level of Scottish creativity on show at the EIFF is also apparent to those attending Cannes this week. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the hard work of Scottish filmmakers at festivals in Scotland, the UK and overseas.”

Natalie Usher, Director of Film & Media at Creative Scotland, said: “We are delighted to see such a large number and variety of projects with a Scottish connection screening throughout the Festival, demonstrating the talent and skills of filmmakers and crew working in Scotland. To have the premieres of films from Scottish directors as the Opening and Closing films in this prestigious programme is tremendous. EIFF is a key event in Scotland’s cultural calendar, delivering inspirational, world-class cinema experiences to audiences and providing an excellent platform for emerging and established filmmakers to build their national and international profile. We look forward to an engaging and exciting EIFF 2015.”

Edinburgh International Film Festival runs l from 17-28 June.

   

EIFF Announces the World Premiere of Iona as 2015 Closing Night Gala

  

Edinburgh International Film Festival announces that Scott Graham’s second feature Iona will have it’s  world premiere on Sunday 28 June 2015 at Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

This follows Graham’s award-winning Shell (2012), the feature version of his debut short film of the same title, which had its world premiere at EIFF 2007. His second short, Native Son, also screened at the Festival in 2010.

Part coming-of-age story and part returning-home drama. The film is set on the Hebridean island of Iona. Named after her birthplace, Iona (Ruth Negga) returns to the island with her teenage son to seek refuge from a violent crime in Glasgow. Iona’s return exposes her tormented son, Bull, to a way of life she rejected when she left the island as a teenager and sends a shockwave through the family she left behind.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, Iona stars Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Douglas Henshall (Shetland), Tom Brooke (The Boat That Rocked) and Michelle Duncan (Atonement).

Director Scott Graham said: “I discovered many films and filmmakers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh was my home all through my twenties, and it was in venues like Filmhouse and the Cameo where I learned the value of the stories we tell and the emotions we share. I’m thrilled Iona will have its premiere here and doubly thrilled it will close the Festival. What an honour.”

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of EIFF said: “We are thrilled to be closing this year’s Festival with Scott Graham’s lovely, moving and enthralling Iona. He is a striking cinematic talent and the film will wrap this year’s Festival in the perfect way.”

Iona is set for release in the UK later this year. 

  

Robert Carlyle’s The Legend of Barney Thomson to open the Edinburgh International Film Festival

 

Edinburgh International Film Festival have announced that the opening gala for this year will be the world premiere of The Legend of Barney Thomson. The film directed by Honourary Patron Robert Carlyle will receive its world premiere on Wednesday 17 June 2015 at Festival Theatre Edinburgh with stars and filmmakers in attendance.

The Legend of Barney Thomson is a darkly-humourous, Glasgow-set thriller that tells the story of awkward barber Barney, who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder. Complicating matters, Barney’s mother has a secret of her own, setting off a bloody chain of events. While Barney tries to cover their tracks, local police inspector Holdall fights his own battles within his inept homicide department as he tries to solve the crime of the century. A black comedy of errors unfolds as the police try to capture the murderer at large.

The film stars director Carlyle as Barney Thomson, alongside a remarkably transformed Emma Thompson as his mother, Cemolina, and Ray Winstone as Inspector Holdall. The film’s extraordinary cast also includes Tom Courtenay, Ashley Jensen, Martin Compston, Brian Pettifer, Kevin Guthrie, James Cosmo, Stephen McCole and Samuel Robertson. The film’s screenplay is by Colin McLaren and Richard Cowan.

Carlyle said: “After a career-long association with EIFF, it gives me enormous pleasure to have The Legend of Barney Thomson chosen as Opening Night Film. It really is such an honour for me to have my first feature as director premiered here in Edinburgh at the Festival that has played such a huge part in my life.”

Mark Adams, the new Artistic Director of EIFF said: “We are thrilled to be opening this year’s Festival with Robert Carlyle’s wonderful black comedy. It is a marvellously macabre and playful film, impressively directed and with a terrific cast. It is the perfect film to kick off what promises to be an exciting festival.”

The Legend of Barney Thomson will be released in cinemas later this Summer.

  

 

 

Edinburgh International Film Festival  launches Crowdfunding Campaign

  

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced that DISTRIBUTION REWIRED, a new initiative will support filmmakers in
reaching new and wider audiences, through the creation of a marketplace dedicated to
emerging and innovative film distribution models, is launching a campaign on Indiegogo.
EIFF
is now inviting both its loyal supporters and contributors along with film fans everywhere to
be a part of this exciting new adventure. In order to make this event a reality, EIFF is aiming
to raise £15,000 of funding to go towards the creation of the first event and hopefully towards
the continuation of this event into the future.

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED is designed
to educate, support, and connect filmmakers with distributors, allowing filmmakers to learn
more about the diverse distribution models, and providing a more coherent overview of a
market which still lacks visibility and transparency.

The campaign will run for 45 days and the money raised will help towards the costs of
securing venues, covering travel and accommodation for invited guests and filmmakers, and
helping to build the profile of this activity to assist the event’s development in years to come.
EIFF will be contributing £10,000 of in-kind costs towards the overall activity.

Perks offered within the campaign include unique experiences at the Festival and exclusive
EIFF materials. Supporters could be treated as a filmmaker guest with our Opening Night VIP
experience or be invited to the annual festival Ceilidh and have a dance dedicated to them by
the band.   
They can bag themselves an EIFF branded bag or t-shirt which are usually only
available to festival delegates or guests. Also available will be one place for a filmmaker who
would like to take part with a feature project in this unique market.

Distribution Rewired will take place on 22/23 June 2015 within the overall programme offered
to industry delegates and filmmakers. The sessions will be dedicated to developing
communication and collaboration between filmmakers, audio-visual content creators and
new/emerging distribution methods. This space will provide attendees with direct access to
key representatives from a variety of companies informing them on diverse distribution
methods including self-distribution, direct distribution and mixed models which combine
conventional sales and distribution with direct distribution. The focal point of the event will 
be the physical marketplace where selected filmmakers can present their films to platforms,
aggregators and other related service providers with the aim of creating new and additional
avenues to screen and promote their films around the world. There will be an open call for
projects in the coming weeks.

The aim is to open up the conversation about how
films can reach their audiences in an evolving and ever shifting marketplace by exploiting
new methods and opportunities.

Mark Adams, the new EIFF Artistic Director said: “EIFF is dedicated to addressing the most
current and relevant events for attending filmmakers and industry professionals each year.
The world of distribution has changed massively in recent years and Distribution Rewired will
create a space that represents the importance of these changes whilst supporting filmmakers
in utilising the new models on offer”.

Miranda Fleming, Head of Film UK at Indiegogo said “Edinburgh has always been held with
much regard and fondness by Independent Filmmakers and Indiegogo is delighted that
Edinburgh International Film Festival has chosen Indiegogo to crowdfund urgent funds needed
to hold their new Distribution Rewired event at this year’s festival. It’s a crucial time for
filmmakers to attend an event like this and to learn about all the new opportunities in the
changing landscape of digital and online distribution. It’s time for film fans and Edinburgh
International Film Festival fans, under the new leadership of Mark Adams, to step up and
support this gem of a festival.

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place from 17-28 June 2015.
Delegate registration for this year’s industry programme will open on Wednesday 08 April.
Full details can be found at www.edfilmfest.org.uk/industry/rewired

Campaign Link: http://igg.me/at/distributionrewired
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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 lineup announced

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The full line up for this year’s Edinburgh international film festival was unveiled today by artistic director Chris Fujiwara. The programme includes 156 feature films from 47 countries with 11 world premieres, eight international premieres, seven European premieres and 95 U.K. premieres.

 

Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts; and Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York,” inspired by the case of former IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, starring Gerard Depardieu.

 

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 (played by Eddie Izzard). The film is one of the contenders for the Michael Powell Award for British films, whose line-up was announced previously. Competitors also include “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 “You’ve Been Trumped,” exploring American property developer Donald Trump’s incursion into Scotland; and this year’s family gala will be the U.K. premiere of the animated heist adventure “The Nut Job,” featuring the voice talents of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Liam Neeson.

 

The International Feature Film Competition, which highlights filmmaking that is imaginative, innovative and deserving of wider recognition, includes deadpan tragicomedy “The Owners” from Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov; Nils Malmros’ study of the extremes of human tragedy in “Sorrow and Joy”; Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “To Kill a Man,” a tense and restrained study of a how far a man will go to protect his family; “Ice Poison” by Midi Z, portraying the economic and moral crisis affecting young people in Taiwan; and Dietrich Brueggemann’s emotionally wrenching “Stations of the Cross,” which screens as part of the Focus on Germany.

 

The International Feature Film Competition line-up also includes the international premiere of relationship drama “X/Y” from actor-director Ryan Piers Williams, starring America Ferrera; Koji Fukada’s “Au Revoir L’ete,” a portrait of a girl of the edge of adulthood; “Han Gong-Ju,” the debut feature from South Korean director Lee Su-Jin; Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” set at a home for pregnant teenagers; “Club Sandwich,” a coming-of-age drama from Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke; and “Concrete Clouds,” the directorial debut of Lee Chatametikool.

 

After a three-year hiatus, this year’s festival will see the return of the award for documentary feature film. The nominees include “Garnet’s Gold” from director Ed Perkins and “‘Til Madness Do Us Part” from Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing; Samantha Fuller’s tribute to maverick American filmmaker Samuel Fuller in “A Fuller Life”; Davi Pretto’s “Castanha,” a portrait of a 52-year-old cross dresser; and the world premiere of “Life May Be,” a meditation on art and identity from Mark Cousins and Mania Akbari.

 

Completing the line-up are Farida Pacha’s “My Name Is Salt”; “Chantier A,” an imaginative account on the reshaping of Algeria, directed by Tarek Sami, Karim Loualiche and Lucie Deche; Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s “Manakamana,” which stages a meeting of technology and spiritual belief aboard a Nepalese cable car; Thomas Heise’s look at the everyday lives of inmates and guards at a juvenile prison in Mexico in “Staedtebewohner”; and “My Red Shoes” by Sara Rastegar, a family portrait set against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.

 

EIFF’s audience award will return this year. This year the nominees include Jim Mickle’s revenge thriller “Cold in July” with Michael C. Hall and Don Johnson; John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s investigation of the life of a brilliant photographer, “Finding Vivian Maier”; and Jeff Baena’s zombie romantic comedy “Life After Beth,” featuring star turns from Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan and John C. Reilly.

 

Several Special Screenings take place across the festival, including the world premiere of “Tony Benn: Will & Testament,” directed by Skip Kite, a portrait of the long-time Labour M.P., who died in March, and a retrospective screening of docudrama “Culloden” from Peter Watkins, which portrays the 1746 Battle of Culloden in the Scottish Highlands.

 

EIFF has teamed up with Empire magazine to host “The Greatest Movie of All Time” as voted for by Empire readers for their 301st issue. The winning film has been revealed as “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” and it will have a rare theatrical screening at the festival on June 25.

 

EIFF and Empire will also present a series of Hero Hangouts, which will see a variety of celebs interviewed live on stage, including “Cold in July” star Don Johnson; Elijah Wood, in Edinburgh for his starring role in “Set Fire to the Stars”; Noel Clarke, who produced “We Are Monster,” and produced, directed and starred in “The Anomaly”; and Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne, the co-directors of the Closing Gala “We’ll Never Have Paris.”

 

The American Dreams strand has been expanded to highlight the resurgence of American Independent cinema and includes the European Premiere of Craig Johnson’s “The Skeleton Twins,” starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig and a powerhouse performance from Nicolas Cage in “Joe,” directed by David Gordon Green. International premieres include insightful family drama “Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler and featuring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, and Leah Meyerhoff’s poetic road movie “I Believe in Unicorns.”

 

Directors’ Showcase presents work from established auteur directors and emerging talents. The selection includes the long awaited U.K. premiere of Bong Joon-ho’s futuristic thriller “Snowpiercer,” starring Chris Evans, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton, and the hand-drawn animation “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?” from Michel Gondry. Also in the Directors’ Showcase are “Cathedrals of Culture,” an expansive project exploring the soul of buildings from six acclaimed filmmakers including Wim Wenders and Robert Redford; and Taiwanese master Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs,” allegedly his farewell to cinema.

 

Wicked and Wild will feature the world premiere of Noel Clarke’s futuristic thriller “The Anomaly,” starring Ian Somerhalder and Brian Cox; Eli Roth’s depraved take on cannibalism in “The Green Inferno”; the nerve-shredding thriller “Let Us Prey” from Brian O’Malley; and Leigh Janiak’s intimate horror “Honeymoon” starring Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway as newlyweds.

 

The For the Family strand brings together films from around the world that both children and adults can enjoy, including the international premiere of “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” the IMAX film narrated by Morgan Freeman; the tale of one cat’s adventure to save the day in “The House of Magic”; and the family adventure “Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang,” based on a Spanish comic book.

 

The New Perspectives strand offers a range of work from emerging filmmakers, including Terry McMahon’s gritty drama “Patrick’s Day”; Noh Young-seok’s thriller “Intruders”; and Hisham Zaman’s “Letter to the King,” an ensemble piece about five people who take a day trip from a refugee camp to Oslo. The world premiere of London gangster drama “The Guvnors,” directed by Gabe Turner, features a notable performance from Harley Alexander-Sule, one half of the hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks; and Geethu Mohandas’ “Liar’s Dice” explores an uneasy alliance between a vulnerable young mother and an ex-soldier.

 

Fujiwara 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.”

 

As previously announced, the festival opens with the world premiere of Gerard Johnson’s “Hyena,” and the Closing Gala is the international premiere of “We’ll Never Have Paris,” co-directed by Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne.

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Newsreel (W/e 25th May 2014)

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DreamWorks Animation has announced that The Penguins of Madagascar will now open in Nov 2014 & Home will move to March 2015.

 

Joel and Ethan Coen will write the Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg project that chronicles the true story of James Donovan.

 

Benedict Cumberbatch & Adam Scott join the cast of Black Mass.

 

‘Godzilla’ director Gareth Edwards set to direct first ‘Star Wars‘ spinoff film for 2016.

 

Edgar Wright has left AntMan due to creative differences with Marvel.

 

Winter Sleep, a film by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, has been named the winner of the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Julianne Moore won a Best Actress prize for Maps to the Stars, while Mr. Turner star Timothy Spall was named Best Actor. Bennett Miller won Best Director for Foxcatcher starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell.

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past transports to the top of the U.S. Box-office.

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Newsreel (W/e 18th May 2014)

Warner Bros has set a date for the release of Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18, 2016.

 

Pussy Riot in talks to star in Springbreakers 2.

 

Screenwriter Roberto Orci is set to direct the next Star Trek.

 

Ridley Scott is reportedly in talks to direct Matt Damon in the science fiction thriller The Martian.

 

Godzilla wrecks havoc at the top of the U.S. Box-office.

 

Searching for Sugar Man director Malik Bendjelloul has been found dead, aged 36.

 

R.I.P. HR Giger

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