Edinburgh Film Festival launches 2017 programme

Edinburgh Film Festival programme launched

Raiders of the Lost Ark will be accompanied by a live score from the RSNO

Highlights from the 70th festival include God's Own Country, EIFF Play, new films from Stanley Tucci and Terrence Malick, and an appearance from Oliver Stone

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced its full programme, as it celebrates its 70th birthday. Between the opening gala on Wed 21 Jun (God's Own Country, an 'unsentimental story of love' in Yorkshire) and closing gala on Sun 2 Jul (Morrissey biopic England is Mine), there are hundreds of screenings and events to choose from.

World premieres include teen drama and festival road trip Access All Areas; Shelia Hancock hiking in the Scottish Highlands in Edie; Romans, a poignant study of the effects of sexual abuse starring Orlando Bloom; one of John Hurt's final performances in That Good Night; Kyra Sedgwick making her directorial debut with Story of a Girl, and Highland horror The Dark Mile.

There are also tons of international and UK premieres to choose from, such as Pixar's animated racing sequel Cars 3; Final Portrait, Stanley Tucci's biopic of of artist Alberto Giacometti starring Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer; Terrence Malick's Song to Song with Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman; Alaskan film noir Sweet Virginia; Kiefer Sutherland and Michelle Pfeiffer in gritty love story Where is Kyra?; Brit romcom This Beautiful Fantastic; and Waterboys, a Dutch comedy set in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Film Festival programme launched

Opening Night film: God's Own Country
Expect a mix of talent from directors and composers to big name stars at EIFF's 'In Person' events, featuring Kevin Bacon with Kyra Sedgwick, Stanley Tucci, Richard E Grant, David Arnold, Lizzie Borden and Bernard Hill. Other guests and special events include Oliver Stone introducing Wall Street, Ian Rankin presenting crime thriller Reichenbach Falls and the RSNO providing a live score to action adventure classic Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Among the festival's many strands are a celebration of home-grown talent in Best of British; the pick of US film-making in American Dreams; international film in European and World Perspectives; true life stories and documentaries; cult, horror and oddball movies in Night Moves and a country focus on Poland.

Elsewhere, The Future is History retrospective strand celebrates 80s sci-fi classics, British animated films and HandMade Films. And in new feature EIFF: Play (in partnership with The List), film fans can take an interactive trip into the world of Edgar Wright, with screenings of Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz accompanied by their very own themed after-parties.

Edinburgh Film Festival launches 2017 programme

See Shaun of the Dead at the Biscuit Factory on Thu 22 Jun, as part of EIFF: Play

To mark its 70th year, the EIFF is also hosting ed film fest memories exhibitions across Edinburgh, in St Andrew Square, Festival Square, Old College Quad and at the Filmhouse. The exhibitions open today and will run until the end of the film festival.

Mark Adams, EIFF Artistic Director, said: 'We're thrilled to finally be able to reveal all of the details of this year's diverse programme. In the Festival's 70th anniversary year, we're proud to be showcasing some of the most exciting, accomplished material from around the world and are looking forward to hosting these talented film-makers and artists when the Festival opens on 21st June.'

Edinburgh International Film Festival, various venues, Edinburgh, Wed 21 Jun–Sun 2 Jul.

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.