The upcoming 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), taking place June 15th to 26th, unveiled its lineup of 161 features from 46 countries.
Highlights include the UK Premiere of the Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory, in-person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, Opening and Closing Gala World Premieres of the previously announced Tommy’s Honour and Whisky Galore!; and the World Premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic Highlander.
The Best of British strand includes David Blair’s heart-wrenching drama Away, starring Timothy Spall and Juno Temple as two lost souls seeking solace under the lights of Blackpool; Rita Osei’s debut Bliss!, following a teenage girl on a rite of passage journey of discovery across Scandinavia; Mercedes Grower’s offbeat debut Brakes led by Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding; and János Edelényi’s hilariously poignant The Carer starring Brian Cox.
British films in competition for the prestigious for Best British Feature Film and Best Performance in a British Feature Film will be selected from this strand and include 9 World Premieres, 1 European Premieres and 2 UK Premieres.
This year’s American Dream strand will feature new American independent cinema including Charles Henri Belleville’s hedonistic backpack thriller Jet Trash; Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne lead a fantastic British ensemble cast in the sumptuous coming-of-age drama Kids in Love from Chris Foggin; Philip John takes audiences on an anarchic road-trip in Moon Dogs; and twin librarians plan revenge in the quiet section in Euros Lyn’s Welsh-language The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell).
Other highlights from the strand include brooding Icelandic noirs Pale Star and A Reykjavík Porno from Scot Graeme Maley; acclaimed artist Henry Coombes’ Seat in Shadow, a witty and perspective study into the symbiotic relationship between an eccentric, part-time Jung-obsessed psychotherapist and his patient/muse; Joanne Froggatt starring as a woman attempting to keep her family together as her husband endures unimaginable pain in Bill Clark’s Starfish; and Ibiza-set crime thriller White Island from Benjamin Turner.
The Directors’ Showcase strand shines a light on the latest work from some of the world’s most highly-respected auteurs, including Bleak Street, Arturo Ripstein’s black and white tale of a pair of murderous Mexican lucha wrestlers; dark Danish comedy The Commune from Thomas Vinterberg; Hans Petter Moland’s gripping police thriller A Conspiracy of Faith; and Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Correspondence, starring Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko.
The Directors’ Showcase strand will also screen Isabel Coixet’s period drama Endless Night; Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s elegant Families; Kurdish docu-drama A Flag Without A Country from Bahman Ghobadi; Taika Waititi’s hilarious Hunt for the Wilderpeople, following Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison into the New Zealand bush and Ira Sachs’ observational comedy Little Men
Rounding out the strand is Yeon Sang-ho’s vision of zombie apocalypse Seoul Station; Paddy Breathnach’s Viva, set amongst the colourful world of Havana’s drag clubs; and Yoga Hosers, the latest madcap adventure from Kevin Smith.
This year’s European Perspectives strand features a number of much anticipated films from the continent making their UK debuts. Notable features include: Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi’s emotive Black, a story of forbidden love set on the streets of Brussels driven by a mesmerizing performance from newcomer Martha Canga Antonio; Florian Gallenberger’s ‘70s- set melodrama The Colony with Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl; Gérard Depardieu stars in The End from Guillaume Nicloux and Saint Amour by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kerven; and Jihane Chouaib’s sterling Go Home.
Other European films include riotous Icelandic incest comedy The Homecoming by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson; gripping legal drama Kalinka by Vincent Garenq; Kadri Köusaar’s pitch-black Estonian comic gem Mother; and a soulful coming-of-age drama Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson. The strand also boasts a World Premiere of Balazs Juszt’s supernatural thriller The Man Who Was Thursday.
The World Perspectives strand delivers a global array of works from emerging and established filmmaking talents. Highlights include: European Premieres of Laos-set thriller River from Canadian Jamie M Dagg; India’s leading indie director Q’s hilarious coming-of-age comedy Brahman Naman, exclusive to Netflix; Provocative Indian female buddy-comedy Angry Indian Goddesses from Pan Nalin; and Jon Cassar’s stoic western Forsaken, starring father and son Donald and Kiefer Sutherland.
Other films in the strand include Assad Fouladkar’s study of romance in a sharia setting Halal Love (And Sex); Kim Sang-chan’s darkly eccentric Karaoke Crazies; Indie-Japanese crime drama Ken and Kazu by Hiroshi Shoji; Diego Luna’s hog farmer comedy drama Mr. Pig with Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph; Leena Yadav’s portrait of Gujurat Parched; and Oliver Schmitz’s courtroom conflict Shepherds and Butchers featuring Andrea Riseborough and comedy legend Steve Coogan.
EIFF will also screen Documentaries including Andreas Johnsen’s challenging and thought-provoking documentary for foodies and environmentalists alike Bugs; Alexandru Belc’s love letter to the big screen Cinema, Mon Amour; portrait of electro-music star Gary Numan: Android In La La Land by Steve Read and Rob Alexander; Mike Day’s ode to the Faroe Islands The Islands and the Whales; and Ross Adam and Robert Cannan’s mind-bending look at two of South Korean cinemas biggest stars The Lovers and the Despot.
Other documentaries on the lineup include Johan Grimonprez’s journey into the international arms industry Shadow World; and Niam Itani’s timely reflection on the place of refugees in the modern world Twice Upon A Time.
Also screening are the World Premieres of Niall McCann’s Lost in France and Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer’s Santoalla; while sports fans won’t want to miss Fredrik and Magnus Gertten’s Becoming Zlatan, the study of the gloriously complex football icon Zlatan Ibrahimovi?.
Night Moves, EIFF’s annual look at the chilling, bloody side of cinema featuring a mixture of scream-inducing horror, fantasy adventure, and unashamedly brash genre-fare including the World Premiere of Nirpal Bhogal’s homegrown horror Firstborn, European Premiere of horror anthology Holidays, featuring offerings from some of the genre’s finest minds, including In Person participant Kevin Smith; UK-first showings of swords and skis epic The Last King from Nils Gaup; and Anna Biller’s sexploitation tribute The Love Witch.
Other highlights on the Night Moves strand include Wu Ershan’s Chinese blockbuster Mojin: The Lost Legend; Steve Barker’s trip to a Zombie Safari Park The Rezort; Sion Sono’s Japanese sex-comedy The Virgin Psychics; and a hypnotic screening of the rarely-seen 1973 Japanese cult anime Belladonna of Sadness from Eiichi Yamamoto, co-presented by EIFF and Scotland Loves Anime.