The 70th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival is nearly upon us, boasting a terrifically eclectic line-up that includes exciting indies as well as mighty mainstream productions across multiple strands and genres. Household names such as Kevin Bacon, Stanley Tucci and Richard E. Grant will be around in the capital to share the experience this year. Here are my five top picks from this year’s brochure.
South Korean action-adventure Okja wowed audiences at Cannes earlier this year and was nominated for the prestigious Palme D’or Award. Bong Joon-ho directs a star-studded cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jack Gyllenhaal and Edinburgh’s own Shirley Henderson. It’s due to hit Netflix at the end of the month so catch it on the big screen while you can!
England is Mine
England is Mine will be this year’s Closing Gala film, and is a cinematic portrait of music superstar Morrissey who fronted The Smith’s before embarking on a controversial solo career. Taking its name one of his famous song lyrics, Jack Lowden will star in the biopic that is the directorial feature debut of Mark Gill.
The Oath (Eiðurinn)
The Oath (Eiðurinn) is an Icelandic psychological thriller directed and co-written by auteurist filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur who also takes the leading role. He stars as Finnur, a loving father who must save his daughter from the dangerous drug-fuelled criminal underworld.
Bad Day for the Cut
With his first feature film, Irish filmmaker Chris Baugh writes and directs revenge thriller Bad Day for the Cut. Nigel O’Neill stars as Donal, a middle-aged farmer who vows for vengeance when his mother is brutally murdered.
Song to Song
Song to Song is the latest piece from acclaimed experimental director Terrence Malick. The plot centres around intersecting love triangles and is set against the backdrop of the Texas music scene. The hugely impressive cast includes Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman. It will be released in cinemas nationwide next month but take your chance to see the UK premiere in Edinburgh!
You can find details of the full brochure at www.edfilmfest.org.uk/