It’s festival time again and Artistic Director Mark Adams is back with an array of homegrown and international movies, all making their way to Scotland’s capital for the annual event! Usual strands of the Edinburgh International Film Festival such as Best of British, American Dreams and Night Moves return, and this year brings a special Focus on Finland section. Here are our top 5 selections from this year’s brochure…
5. A Patch of Fog
Two years ago, the brilliant Stephen Graham starred in EIFF’s opening gala film Hyena, and he makes his return to the festival this year in thriller A Patch of Fog directed by Michael Lennox. Anything he appears in is a must-see in my book.
4. Shepherds and Butchers
Following his serious roles in What Maisie Knew and Philomena, Steve Coogan has quickly become one of my favourite actors. In South African drama Shepherds and Butchers by Oliver Schmitz he plays lawyer John Webber alongside Andrea Riseborough.
3. Becoming Zlatan
In a summer in which he’ll lead out Sweden at Euro 2016 and the uncertainty of his next club has become an on-going debate, there’s never been a better time to delve into the character of footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This documentary by brothers Fredrik and Magnus Gertten focuses in on the early stages of his career, as he ‘became’ the personality we know him as today.
2. Tommy’s Honour
This year’s festival opener is Tommy’s Honour directed by Jason Connery. Telling the true story of the founders of the modern game of golf, it centres around the father and son dynamic between Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and his son (Jack Lowden).
Hong Kong based crime thriller Trivisa unusually has three directors at its helm in Frank Hui, Jevon Au and Vicky Wong. The film tells the story of three real-life gangsters who are unconnected but happen to all be in the same restaurant at the same time, leading to rumours that they are working together.
Find listings of these five films as well as the rest of the brochure at www.edfilmfest.org.uk