World premiere of Iona to close Edinburgh International Film Festival

World premiere of Iona to close Edinburgh International Film Festival

The second feature from Scott Graham set to close the 69th EIFF

This year's Edinburgh International Film Festival is to close with a screening of Iona, written and directed by Scott Graham. The film features Ruth Negga, Douglas Henshall, Tom Brooke and Michelle Duncan, with debuts from young Scottish actors Ben Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, the film is described as 'part coming-of-age story and part returning-home drama.' It follows a woman named Iona who returns home to her namesake island with her teenage son in order to escape a violent crime in Glasgow. Naturally, things don't go to plan.

It's Graham's second feature after 2012's award-magnet Shell and is set for release later this year. Mark Adams, artistic director of EIFF said, 'We are thrilled to be closing this year’s Festival with Scott Graham’s lovely, moving and enthralling Iona. He is a striking cinematic talent and the film will wrap this year’s Festival in the perfect way.'

Iona will close the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Sun 28 Jun

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.