Full programme announced for 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival

Full programme announced for 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival

Rob Brydon stars in the feel good Swimming With Men

Highlights include The Incredibles 2, Brie Larson's directorial debut Unicorn Store and the closing gala's UK premiere of Swimming With Men

The full programme has been announced for the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival, with 121 new features – including 21 world premieres – from 48 countries across the globe set to be shown from Wed 20 June to Sun 1 July.

The festival opens with a screening of Puzzle, which stars Kelly McDonald as a woman who finally achieves her potential after a lifetime of looking after others before herself, and closes with Swimming With Men, the feel-good British hit of the summer in-waiting, which stars Rob Brydon as one in a group of men who challenge themselves by signing up to be part of a synchronised swimming team.

On top of that, the family gala on Sun 24 June will see the Edinburgh Festival Theatre host The Incredibles 2, the much-anticipated sequel to the hit Disney Pixar film The Incredibles. The people's gala later on the same day will welcome the world premiere of True Blood actor Stephen Moyer's directorial debut The Parting Glass; starring Denis O'Hare, Ed Asner, Cynthia Nixon and Rhys Ifans, tickets for the screening are only £5 each.

The festival's Best of British strand features some notable world premieres. There's Simon Fellows' thriller, Steel Country, which is set in Trump's America and stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Pride) as a truck driver turned detective; the coming-of-age drama Two for Joy, which stars two familiar faces in Samantha Morton and Billie Piper; and Songbird which tells the story of a fading rock star (How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders) who accidentally enrols in university after a heavy night out with her friend Sara (Jessica Hynes). There's also the UK premiere for Obey, in which a young gentle giant embarks on a journey to better himself in difficult circumstances. Set against the violent backdrop of the London riots, it looks to be a powerful picture.

There's big names too in the American Dreams strand. Brie Larson's directorial debut Unicorn Store, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Joan Cusack, gets its European premiere. Michael Noer's adaption of the classic novel Papillon is also notable inclusion: a brutal story about a French colony, it was previously made into a film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman back in 1973. Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman stars in Hearts Beat Loud, a heart-on-sleeve film about a father and daughter and their musical bond, while Ideal Home stars comedy giants Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan as a bickering couple who have their lives turned around by parenthood.

Other highlights from the massive programme include Almost Fashionable: A Film About Travis, in which Fran Healy's popular band is followed around Mexico by a journalist who doesn't care for their music; Possum, a horror film by Matthew Holness (Garth Marenghi's Darkplace); and A Punk Daydream, which looks at an Indonesian community changed by capitalism, growth and development.

The festival programme also includes some magnificent event cinema. The List is thrilled to be involved in EIFF Play: Blade, where Wesley Snipes' unforgettable turn as an ice-cool vampire hunter in Marvel's modern classic will be screened at the spectacular Leith Theatre, and Jaws will be shown with live accompaniment from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, says: 'EIFF prides itself on offering films and events that entertain, challenge, provoke, illuminate and excite and 2018 is no exception! From the best of up-and-coming British filmmakers to striking new cinema from around the world, we offer something for everyone: from rare access to filmmakers, live events to experience and the opportunity to see films that may never appear in the country again.

'We remain one of the world's most venerable and acclaimed film festivals and are delighted to be able to offer audiences the chance to see some of the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.'

Tickets go on sale to Filmhouse Members on Wed 23 May at 12noon and on sale to the public on Fri 25 May at 10am. For more information on this year's Festival visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

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