Sundance winner, God's Own Country, to open Edinburgh International Film Festival

Sundance winner, God's Own Country, to open Edinburgh International Film Festival

Director Francis Lee's rural Yorkshire drama to make UK premiere at 71st edition of the festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival will open with a British film for the fourth consecutive year as Francis Lee's debut feature God's Own Country is set to make its UK premiere at the festival on Wed 21 Jun.

The film has already been heaped in critical praise at Sundance, where Lee took the Directing Award for dramatic world cinema, and Berlin, not to mention the fact this indie has been picked up for distribution in the US.

Shot on location in West Yorkshire, God's Own Country stars Josh O'Connor (The Riot Club, The Durrells) as Johnny, a young man bored and frustrated with life working on his family's remote farm, killing the nights with booze and casual sex. When a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alex Secareanu) takes up some work on the farm, Johnny experiences an awakening as an intensely romantic and moving story unfolds in the heart of rural Yorkshire.

Says EIFF Artistic Director Mark Adams, 'This hotly-tipped feature debut is one to watch in this incredible year for independent film and perfectly reflects the Festival's ongoing dedication to delivering audiences the most original and artistically accomplished work in international cinema.'

Picturehouse Entertainment are slated to release God's Own Country UK-wide on Fri 1 Sept.

The 71st EIFF runs 21 Jun–2 Jul. Tickets for God's Own Country are on sale Wed 10 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.