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Paul Mescal; Cast and Crew Arrivals of Aftersun at EIFF Opening Gala; Aug 2022 Photographer: Lloyd Smith © EIFF, Edinburgh International Film Festival All Rights Reserved
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75th Edinburgh International Film Festival Returns to the City.

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) opened its doors to cinema lovers last Friday with a premiere-packed programme.

After two years of online screenings, the festival will run a fully in-person line-up for its 75th year.

The EIFF will run until August 20th with daily screenings from some of the top UK and International filmmakers.

You can book your tickets via the EIFF website now.

Frankie Corio, Paul Mescal and Charlotte Wells; Cast and Crew Arrivals of Aftersun at EIFF Opening Gala; Aug 2022 Photographer: Pako Mera © EIFF, Edinburgh International Film Festival All Rights Reserved

The festival’s curators have chosen 87 new feature films and 12 short film programmes for this year’s entries.

EIFF has partnered with venues across the city centre including Cameo Picturehouse, Everyman Edinburgh, Filmhouse Cinema and Vue Edinburgh Omni.

The opening gala featured Charlotte Wells’ debut feature film Aftersun starring Normal people actor Paul Mescal.

Aftersun follows a young woman as she reminisces about a holiday she took with her single father as a child.

The film previously won the Jury prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and made its UK premiere in Edinburgh.

(L-R) Colin Farrell and Justin H. Min Behind the Scenes on After Yang Image credit: The Film Stage

The creative director of EIFF, Kristy Matheson, spoke about her excitement in a press release saying:

“For our 75th anniversary, we’ve embraced the very essence of cinema – from its production to its exhibition, it’s a truly collective pursuit. Working alongside a talented team of programmers and festival producers to craft our 2022 programme has been joyous. I’m excited to share our programme with you today and look forward to welcoming audiences back to EIFF this August.”

The festival will close with a featured showing of After Yang, starring Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith.

Featured Image Credit: Lloyd Smith © EIFF, Edinburgh International Film Festival All Rights Reserved

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