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EDINBURGH 2019

The Edinburgh International Film Festival announces its selection

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- The EIFF, which this year runs from 19-30 June, boasts 18 world premieres amongst the 121 feature films set to screen

The Edinburgh International Film Festival announces its selection
The Black Forest by Ruth Platt

EIFF artistic director Mark Adams has unveiled the details of the programme for the upcoming Edinburgh International Film Festival, which is set to unspool between 19 and 30 June. The announcement includes 18 world, 12 international, eight European and 78 UK premieres from 42 countries. Furthermore, there will be a country focus on Spain. 

Adams said, “We have an amazing selection of genre films from women filmmakers, ranging from gothic romance and western chillers through to science fiction and old-fashioned horror. All of this will unspool alongside a tribute to French filmmaker Agnès Varda, a woman who has inspired generations of directors.”

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The world premieres in the Best of British strand include Jamie Adams' Bittersweet Symphony [+see also:
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, in which Suki Waterhouse dreams of making it big in Hollywood; writer-director Ruth Platt’s love letter to Europe The Black Forest [+see also:
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; the supernatural love story Carmilla [+see also:
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by Emily Harris; first-time director Greta Bellamacina’s Hurt by Paradise; a wry take on the classic Brit rom-com by Matt Roberts, Masters of Love [+see also:
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; David McLean's Schemers [+see also:
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, a look at making it in the music business, based on a true story; and the atmospheric noir thriller Strange But True [+see also:
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directed by Rowan Athale

The European Perspectives strand celebrates the rich cultural impact and importance of European cinema, and includes films from France, Ireland, Hungary, Belgium, Austria, Croatia, Germany, North Macedonia, Greece, Ukraine, Switzerland, Georgia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland. The movies screening include Elfar Adalsteins’ End of Sentence [+see also:
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, Mary McGuckian’s A Girl from Mogadishu, Alexandra McGuinness’ She’s Missing [+see also:
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, the Vincent Cassel starrer The Emperor of Paris [+see also:
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by Jean-François Richet, Rudolph Herzog’s How to Fake a War, Barbara Vekarić’s Aleksi [+see also:
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, Susanne Heinrich’s Aren’t You Happy? [+see also:
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and Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion [+see also:
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by Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy.

A section entitled Once Upon a Time in Spain will explore Spain’s rich cinematic history through three strands: a retrospective celebration of modern Spanish cinema, a retrospective selection of cult Spanish cinema, and an in-depth celebration of the work of legendary Spanish writer-actor-filmmaker Icíar Bollaín.

The festival also boasts several other sidebars: American Dreams, Documentaries, Phenomenal Women, Night Moves, Cinecuisine, 4 Views of Scotland, Cage-a-Rama 3D, The Features of Agnès, Animation, Black Box and Shorts.

Away from the screen, the “In Person” events include director Danny Boyle, actor-producer Jack Lowden, documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, and Scottish writer-director-actor Pollyanna McIntosh. There will also be a special In Person discussion that will see award-winning film producer Rebecca O’Brien in conversation with Icíar Bollaín.

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