New Kelly Macdonald film, Puzzle, to open 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival announces Puzzle for 2018's opening night gala

Glasgow-born Kelly Macdonald stars in Puzzle

Acclaimed drama from director Marc Turtletaub stars Trainspotting actress

Edinburgh International Film Festival is round the corner, and the excitement levels just went up another notch, with news of the opening gala doing the rounds.

The acclaimed drama Puzzle, which features a typically stellar performance by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting, No Country For Old Men, Boardwalk Empire) will open the festival's 72nd edition on Wed 20 Jun. Tickets are available now through the EIFF website.

Puzzle is the remarkable portrayal of Agnes, who has reached the age of 40 without venturing far from home. As implied by the title, there's a jigsaw involved (a birthday present, not a metaphor) with Agnes undertaking a journey that will turn her world and everything she knows upside down.

Starring opposite Macdonald is the legendary Irrfan Khan, with the film – directed by Marc Turtletaub – set for general release later this summer.

Mark Adams, Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival said: 'We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the undeniable talent of Kelly Macdonald in this wonderfully enjoyable and uplifting film. It is a subtle and impressive new film that succeeds on all levels.'

Director Turtletaub added: 'It's a great honour to be invited to have Puzzle open Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018. This world class Festival has been a personal favourite for a long time – and being able to showcase Kelly's performance here makes it even more rewarding.'

Tickets for Puzzle are available now through the EIFF website. The full programme of the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival will be announced by EIFF Artistic Director, Mark Adams, on Wed 23 May. Tickets go on sale to Filmhouse members on Wed 23 May at 12 noon and on sale to the public on Fri 25 May at 10am.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.


  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Marc Turtletaub
  • Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams, Liv Hewson

Agnes (Macdonald) is a housewife whose life revolves around routine, until she discovers a flair for solving jigsaw puzzles. Macdonald is divine as ever, but the film rarely digs deep into how such a modest pursuit can bring someone back to live. Charming but slight.