Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: Surprise Movie candidates
- Niki Boyle
- 18 June 2013
The EIFF Surprise Movie is a closely guarded secret - here's what we think could be showing
The James McAvoy-starring Irvine Welsh adaptation is a bit of a long shot, considering it isn't scheduled for general release until October. That said, the news broke recently that Filth was coming out in Scotland a week before anywhere else in the UK, so they're obviously keen to get a Scottish audience's reaction to it. Where better than in Welsh's home town?
This claustrophobic sci-fi from Korean director Joon-ho Bong (The Host) stars Tilda Swinton, historically a great friend of the Festival. Even more significant is the Fest's focus on Korean cinema this year, and the fact that their International Jury is headed by... oh, er, Joon-ho Bong. Maybe a bit cheeky to sneak one of his own films into the programme then?
Kind of a longshot, this one: no UK release date (not even out in the States til August), and quite thematically similar to last year's Surprise Movie Lawless (both deal with American outlaws in a period setting). It did pick up a lot of buzz at Sundance though, so if EIFF organisers manage to pull the right strings, it's a possibility.
The second team-up between Ryan Gosling and director Derek Cianfrance got a mixed reception at Cannes, but their previous collaboration on Drive (as well as Gosling being a considerable draw on his own) make it a film that'll satisfy those who bought their tickets blindfolded.
We suspect the EIFF will want to stay away from films that have already appeared at other UK film festivals, but this much talked about killer whale doc will have only just appeared at the Sheffield Doc Fest, and could turn out to be this year's Imposter.
Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy closer would be surefire crowd-pleaser, and potentially easy for the Fest to get hold of considering the reasonably close general release date (Fri 19 Jul). It's a London-set fanboy film with a lot of goodwill behind it though, so there's every chance they'd want to debut it at a big Leicester Square premiere instead.
Could Alan Patridge's big screen debut be in the running? It's a UK production, which might make things easier, and the release date fits (Fri 7 Aug)... And yet, we can't help but think this is going to be another of those regional fan-friendly screenings rather than a secret film festival selection. It'll probably premiere in Norfolk.
This one's a contender mainly for its close release date (Fri 19 Jul again) and for a recently indie-friendly cast: John Cusack showed us his nasty side in Cannes 2012 provocateur The Paperboy, while Vanessa Hudgens recently stepped away from her Disney roots with Spring Breakers (coincidentally the Glasgow Film Fest surprise film this year).
We're getting into pipe-dream country here, but come on, how cool would it be? In the midst of all the indie-arthouse gubbins, an uber-violent comic book adap with a villain called The Motherfucker? Plus, Mark Millar treated Glasgow to a special screening of the original Kick-Ass - maybe Edinburgh's due some love?
This one only made the cut because Gareth Edwards' outstanding Monsters screened at EIFF 2010, and was lauded many times over as 'this year's District 9', which means it's only logical (in our heads) that Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi follow-up is a contender for the Surprise Movie slot. Except it's very obviously not.