71st Edinburgh International Film Festival programme announced

Jonathan Melville 31 May, 2017 0

The full programme for the 71st Edinburgh International Film Festival was announced today, with screenings of 151 features from 46 countries promised, alongside appearances from Kevin Bacon and Oliver Stone at special In Person events.

Kevin Bacon will star in Story of a Girl, directed by his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, with the pair also attending an In Person event. Other events include conversations with award-winning composer David Arnold (Casino Royale); actor Bernard Hill (Lord of the Rings); director Lizzie Borden (Born in Flames); actor, screenwriter and director Richard. E. Grant (Withnail & I) and Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones).

Director Oliver Stone will present a special 30th anniversary screening of Wall Street.

This year’s BEST OF BRITISH strand includes exclusive world premieres of Bryn Higgins’ Access All Areas, featuring Jordan Stephens – one half of hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks – on a group road trip to the Isle of Wight’s Bestival music Festival; Simon Hunter’s Edie, starring Sheila Hancock as an elderly woman who aims to climb a Scottish mountain; the Donmar Warehouse’s critically acclaimed all-female adaptation of Julius Caesar; and Danny Huston’s The Last Photograph.

AMERICAN DREAMS will show the very best in new American independent cinema by shining a spotlight on the boundless creativity originating from across the Atlantic. Film include coming-of-age comedy-drama Freak Show; 1930s-set and James Franco-directed In Dubious Battle; The Last Word, featuring acting legend Shirley MacLaine; Middle Age nun comedy The Little Hours; and Alaskan noir Sweet Virginia.

This year’s EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES strand will feature a number of much anticipated continental films making their UK debuts. Notable features include Russian sci-fi Attraction; music biopic Dalida; revenge drama Darkland; Nazi-euthanasia drama Fog in August and darkly humorous corruption drama Glory.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “We’re thrilled to finally be able to reveal all of the details of this year’s diverse programme. In the Festival’s 70th Anniversary Year, we’re proud to be showcasing some of the most exciting, accomplished material from around the world and are looking forward to hosting these talented filmmakers and artists when the Festival opens on 21st June.”

Full details are available now on the EIFF website, with tickets on sale to the general public on Friday 2 June.