Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019

Running from Wednesday 19th June to Sunday 30th June, having been previously teased with the announcement of several preview screenings including Brightburn and Toy Story 4 and the opening and closing presentations, the seventy third Edinburgh International Film Festival has been unveiled in its entirety, and once again there is plenty to keep fans of science fiction and horror occupied.

Based on the 1956 science fiction poem written by Swedish Nobel laureate Harry Martinson, the film version of Aniara receives its UK premiere on Thursday 20th as the crew of the eponymous ship are knocked off course on their voyage to their new home on Mars, while later that evening Spanish science fiction tinged drama h0us3 has its international premiere, as a group of hackers access files whose import is beyond their expectation.

Alternatively, two documentaries also screen on Thursday 20th, a look into the future and how science can save us in director Damon Gameau’s 2040, while festival favourite Alexandre O Philippe of The People vs George Lucas and Doc of the Dead returns with a look at the inspirations and influences on Ridley Scott’s classic science fiction horror in Memory: The Origins of Alien.

Sure to sell out, Friday 21st sees the UK premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s all-star zombie romp The Dead Don’t Die; boasting “the greatest cast ever disassembled,” those facing the undead include Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane and Tom Waits.

A welcome change of pace, Saturday 24th sees Richard Dreyfus as a lonely widower determined to live his dream when a competition is announced to win a trip to space in Shelagh McLeod’s Astronaut, while later that night the Night Moves strand moves in a dark direction when it unleashes The Furies as two girls are abducted and stalked through the forest.

Sunday 23rd sees the UK premiere of Gwen, a teenage girl whose Welsh village is beset by strange sightings, rotting crops and slaughtered sheep in a tale of “pagan rituals and haunting evil,” while Tuesday 25th sees a double bill of horror as The Woman and Darlin’ screen back to back, both starring Festival guest Pollyanna McIntosh.

Sure to be another sell-out, Thursday 27th sees the European premiere of one of the most anticipated films of the festival as Taissa Farmiga, Sebastian Stan and Crispin Glover star in We Have Always Lived in the Castle, based on Shirley Jackson’s classic novel of a reclusive family of sinister secrets.

Friday 28th is a packed day, as Lee Pace stars as car designer John DeLorean in Driven while Ever After and Body at Brighton Rock bring zombies and unwanted forest finds to Night Moves. Alternatively, the same night brings retro science fiction mystery The Vast of Night and, further back in time, feminist Western horror The Wind and a new adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu’s vampire tale Carmilla starring Jessica Raine, Tobias Menzies and Greg Wise.

Classic screenings include Acción mutante, La piel que habito, First Men in the Moon, Black Panther, Xanadu, Groundhog Day and The Iron Giant, and there is also a chance to see the full six episodes of Good Omens on the big screen with the promise of special guests attending.

The full guest lineup is yet to be announced, and many events will sell out long in advance, though some will have encore screenings and the final day “best of the fest” will not be announced until closer to the time, so get planning now.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 19th to 20th June and tickets are on sale now

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