EIFF 2019

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Them That Follow

26 Jun 20194 stars

EIFF 2019: Religious fervour powers this impressive debut, starring Olivia Colman and Walton Goggins

Led by pastor Lemuel (Walton Goggins), a Pentecostal congregation reside in isolation atop an Appalachian mountain. Proving their devotion to God by handling wild snakes – if someone is bitten, they're left to fight the poison without medical attention…

Farming

24 Jun 20193 stars

EIFF 2019: Powerful autobiographical drama from Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em,' is the boiled-down idea behind actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's debut as writer-director. Based upon his own experiences, Farming tells the unusual, frequently horrifying story of a Nigerian boy assimilating into an…

Danny Boyle on Yesterday: 'Himesh was a gift to us making the film, and all I had to do was make sure we didn't ruin it'

24 Jun 2019

Oscar-winning director discusses his latest film, in which the world forgets about the Beatles

It's an early public screening of Yesterday, Danny Boyle's rom-com fantasy in which one man pretends to have written the Beatles' back catalogue. Some large, bald men in rugby shirts talk noisily through the opening scenes. They're abruptly silenced…

Hurt by Paradise

24 Jun 20192 stars

EIFF 2019: Greta Bellamacina's debut has its charms but is scuppered by self-consciousness

Opening with a homage to Woody Allen's Manhattan, Greta Bellamacina's feature debut is part love letter to modern London and part love letter to other filmmakers' love letters. Director and writer Bellamacina plays the film's protagonist, Celeste, a…

UglyDolls

21 Jun 20192 stars

EIFF 2019: Pop stars aplenty lend their voices to an imperfect animation

'Perfection can stuff it,' runs the tagline for UglyDolls, the latest animated feature seemingly designed to shift merchandise. The Uglydoll plush toy brand has been around since 2001, and perhaps the failure of UglyDolls at the US box office suggests…

Bait

20 Jun 20194 stars

EIFF 2019: Mark Jenkin is at the helm of a riveting and stylistically audacious class warfare drama

A principled fisherman tangles with down-from-London types in this leftfield take on class warfare from writer-director Mark Jenkin. Aping silent cinema in its aesthetic and intensity, it turns the mounting tensions of a Cornish fishing village into…

Never Look Away

20 Jun 20195 stars

EIFF 2019: Stunning, Oscar-nominated return to form from the director of The Lives of Others

If the prospect of a three-hour film isn't immediately enticing, remember writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's debut feature was 2006's Oscar-winning The Lives of Others. And if you are in the camp that thought that among the best films of…

Laura Jurd on Sketches of Spain: 'It's a bit of a journey so fasten your seatbelts'

18 Jun 2019

The trumpeter gears up to play the classic Miles Davis album at this year's EIFF with Tommy Smith and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

On 15 September 1990, a future British trumpet star was born. Meanwhile, just one year and 13 days later, a legend of the jazz world died, leaving behind an unmatchable musical legacy. As part of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival's Spain…

Kelly Asbury: 'My aim was to make UglyDolls a full-on traditional movie musical; fun, light-hearted and emotional'

11 Jun 2019

Director of the musician-led animated movie discusses what sparked his interest in the project and its message of diversity, acceptance and inclusion

Difference, unconventionality and freakiness rule in UglyDolls, the new animated film from STX Entertainment. While many kids films preach about the need for self-acceptance, they tend to feature perfect, unrealistic animated versions of people that…

Focus on Spain: four films to catch at EIFF

6 Jun 2019

Edinburgh International Film Festival places a focus on Spanish cinema for its 73rd edition

The Edinburgh International Film Festival returns this year with a wide range of choices for film enthusiasts. Running from Wed 19–Sun 30 Jun around the culturally-vibrant capital city, the festival promises to offer great sights along the way of…

Let's go to the movies with Johnnie Walker

31 May 2019

The official whisky partner of the 73rd EIFF has a long history of supporting the film industry

From Hollywood blockbusters to small screen drama, Scotch Whisky deserves an Oscar for its commitment to film. And Johnnie Walker is certainly no stranger to the big screen, appearing in some of the world's biggest movies of the past 60 years.

Edinburgh International Film Festival reveals its full 2019 programme

29 May 2019

Festival's 73rd outing includes a focus on American and Spanish cinema, new culinary adventures and Toy Story 4

Every year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival hits silver screens across the city, delivering to our doorstep a veritable feast of cinematic wealth from across the world. From the highbrow art house to your summer feel-good blockbuster, the EIFF…

Scottish comedy Boyz in the Wood to open 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival

1 May 2019

Anarchic comedy starring Eddie Izzard makes European debut in June

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has revealed its 2019 Opening Night Gala film to be the European premiere of Scottish social satire Boyz in the Wood. The film will open the the 73rd edition of the festival on Wed 19 Jun at the Festival…

Edinburgh International Film Festival and Scottish National Jazz Orchestra to play Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain live

20 Mar 2019

Young English trumpeter Laura Jurd takes the trumpet seat in this one-off performance of one of the great jazz classics of the Sixties

Jazz fans, rejoice in that way that you rejoice: by nodding very slightly and murmuring 'Cool, cool.' The Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra are teaming up to present a special one-off performance of Miles…

Edinburgh International Film Festival introduces new filmmaking competition

18 Mar 2019

Festival teams up with Johnnie Walker with opportunity to be showcased at the 73rd EIFF in June

Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced a new filmmaking competition, Walk With Us, aimed at Scotland-based filmmakers. Not only is the name of the project a reference to sponsor Johnnie Walker, it is also the theme filmmakers are…