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What to look forward to at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019


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Edinburgh International Film Festival is back for the 73rd year running, bringing along a fantastic slate of over 120 films. We took a moment to round up just a few of the many, many great features to look forward to.


Brightburn is a dark twist on Superman’s origin story, starring Elizabeth Banks and David Denman as the alien child’s foster parents, and Jackson A. Dunn as the hero (or villain) of this story. This superhero horror has already received its fair share of cult buzz ever since James Gunn signed on as a producer.


Boyz in the Wood

Four teenage boys travel to the Highlands as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, only to lose their only map and find themselves hunted by tweed-wearing locals. Expect a film’s worth of class politics, hip-hop and rabbit shit-eating.



What if one day, you awoke to a world where the Beatles had never existed? Directed by the legendary Danny Boyle, this musical romantic comedy stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran.  


Liberté: A Call to Spy

Inspired by true events, this film recounts the story of women recruited as spies during the Second World War and sent to occupied France. It centres on spymistress Vera Atkins (Stana Katic) and her two recruits, an American with a wooden leg (Sarah Megan Thomas) and a Muslim pacifist (Radhika Apte).

The Dead Don’t Die

After premiering at Cannes, The Dead Don’t Die makes its UK premiere at EIFF. This zombie apocalypse film boasts a star-studded cast that includes Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez and Iggy Pop - what’s not to love?


Ode to Joy

Charlie (Martin Freeman) suffers from cataplexy, which causes sudden paralysis whenever he experiences powerful emotions like fear, anger, or joy. In an attempt to live a normal life, he develops techniques to deny himself happiness, but his coping mechanisms are tested when he inadvertently falls in love.

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Balance, Not Symmetry

A wealthy Scottish-American art student (Laura Harrier) has her life turned upside down when her father suddenly dies. The event causes her to re-evaluate her life and friends, until she gets to know fellow student Hannah (Bria Vinaite, of The Florida Project fame).


The Souvenir

Starring Tilda Swinton and her daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, this is the story of a struggling filmmaker who falls in love with the wrong man. An autobiographical feature by director Joanna Hogg, this film received critical acclaim when it premiered at Sundance this year.


 Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 19th - 30th June.

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