Edinburgh International Film Festival is back for another annual showcase of thrilling, funny and touching films. The festival is renowned for a history of delivering iconic films: Taxi Driver (1978), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Back to the Future (1985) and Amélie (2001), to name a few.
This year, Edinburgh International Film Festival kicked off on the 20th of June with 121 new features, 21 world premieres, from 48 countries all across the world.
Calibre, the creation of Matt Palmer, starring Jack Lowden and Martin McCann, has already taken the spotlight, days after the festival’s events, taking the top prize – ‘The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film’. It’s very fitting that the film’s world premiere took place at the festival, the setting of the film being Scotland itself. You won’t have to wait long to watch Calibre either, with Netflix swooping up the thriller instantly. You can view the trailer here.
From the ‘American Dreams’ strand of the festival, top hits included Hearts Beat Loud and Unicorn Store, both uniquely quirky, feel good films, filled with colour and vibrancy. Hearts Beat Loud is directed by Brett Haley and features Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in a Father-Daughter duo, who explore music and loss together. You can view the trailer here.
Unicorn Store showcases Brie Larson’s debut as a director, juggling starring in the film as well, alongside Samuel L. Jackson. The film explores the journey to adulthood in a humorous way, with the theme of Unicorns, yep, Unicorns.
‘The Award for Best International Feature Film’ this year went to Cyril Shäublin’s Those Who Are Fine, praised from its playful and engaging view on modern day society, community and family.
The festival drew to a close on the 1st of July, and once again concluded a year of new talent and global innovations. For more information on the festival, and anything not included here, visit the official EIFF website. (https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/)
Text: Jessica Saunders
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