Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014: Programme Announced

The 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) programme has been announced, and the festival will run from 18 to 29 June. Representing filmmaking talent from across the world, EIFF will showcase 156 features from 47 countries, including 11 world premieres, 8 international premieres, and a range of special screenings and events bringing the very best in cinema to Scotland’s capital.

The 2014 festival will include the classic strands of Animation, Shorts and the Director’s Showcase, as well as new additions like Films on Film, Wicked and Wild, and a new take on Teen Spirit from our EIFF Young Programmers team. This year’s programme kicks off with the Opening Night Gala, the World Premiere of British crime thriller Hyena, directed by Gerard Johnson with award-winning producers Stephen Woolley (Made in Dagenham, The Crying Game), Elizabeth Karlsen (Great Expectations, Ladies in Lavender) and Joanna Laurie.

The Director’s Showcase strand features gems from the world’s great directing auteurs with films such as Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?, Snowpiercer, and Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case. The New Perspectives strand features a global array of fresh work by emerging directors, including many of the Michael Powell Award-nominated films, representing the best of British film.

The programme includes dedicated strands to international cinema: Focus on Germany and Focus on Iran, which delve deep into each country’s cinematic history and culture; Interrupted Revolution: Iranian Cinema, 1962 to 1978, and Secret Master: Dominik Graf and the Hidden History of German Cinema will engage audiences with the development of filmmaking in these locations.

Britain is also represented with a retrospective on British filmmaker John McGrath’s work, celebrating the artistry and commitment of the radical writer-director. Titles here include the politically resonant Play for Today: The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil, and John Brown’s Body which deals with the history of Scotland’s industrial classes.

Nominated films, listed in the festival programme, are in competition to win The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, The Award for Best International Feature Film, Short Film Awards supported by Virgin Atlantic, The Audience Award, and The Award for Best Documentary Feature Film.

Alongside screenings several events will take place including Hero Hangouts in partnership with Empire Magazine which include Simon Helberg, Elijah Wood and Don Johnson. This year’s Forsyth Hardy Lecture is bound to be a lively one, as this year it asks ‘Should Scotland Have an Independent Film Industry?’ Audiences are also invited to take part in EIFF in Conversation with documentary director Wang Bing, and the annual Introduction to Film Studies.

Other strands include American Dreams and the Experimental category, featuring cutting-edge new works. American Independent Cinema is highlighted by New York set X/Y starring America Fererra, A Night in Old Mexico with Robert Duvall as a Texas Rancher and James Franco’s California-based Palo Alto. The Festival rounds off with the Closing Night Gala with American indie We’ll Never Have Paris from The Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg and actress Jocelyn Towne. The husband-wife pair co-direct this upbeat and personal comedy from the States.

Tickets are now available online, by phone on 0131 623 8030 or in person at Filmhouse, Cineworld, Odeon Lothian Road, or Festival Theatre Edinburgh.

Edinburgh International Film Festival, 18 – 29 June. For more information visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

1. The Great Hip Hop Hoax Party at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 27 June 2013. Photograph: Shona Wass © EIFF, courtesy of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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