This Year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival Reveals Scottish Talent for 2022 

In advance of the main programme launch on the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) announces an impressive array of films and shorts, some of which are world premières that, as part of the celebrations around Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, have either Scottish talent or settings.

The Opening Gala  film, Aftersun, is the critically acclaimed feature debut from Scottish filmmaker Charlotte Wells, that won First Prize at International Critics’ Week during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. 

Scottish animators Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson star in and co-direct the presentation of the documentary A Cat Called Dom. Framed as a film for Will’s mother, we are invited to witness how Will deals with the grief of his mother’s illness.

Glasgow-based Marie Lidén’s documentary Electric Malady focuses on a case of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), a medically disputed syndrome still being explored by the WHO.

Presented in collaboration with the Edinburgh International Festival, The Ballad of a Great Disordered Heart is a collaborative film by Edinburgh-based trio folk musician Aidan O’Rourke, Becky Manson and Mark Cousins that offers a view of Edinburgh’s Old Town and the Irish communities who have called it home.

Drawing on rare 8mm colour film of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, Scottish director Andy MacKinnon offers a bridge between the contemporary citizens and their not-so-distant past in Dùthchas | Home.

Hassan Nazer’s Winners (Barandeha) produced by Scot Paul Welsh and Scots Uzbek Nadira Murray is set in a deprived area of a small Iranian town where children are required to work to help support their families.

Glasgow-based Borja Alcalde’s debut feature documentary The Sacred Family (La Sagrada Familia) is a journey to the heart of what holds a family together or breaks them apart.

Expanded from his BBC short documentary, Peter Day’s kinetic portrait Off the Rails follows adrenaline-seeking Surrey teens Aiden and Rikke parkour journey to YouTube stardom in a candid exploration of contemporary teenage mental health.

Glaswegian Lynne Ramsay’s second feature Morvern Callarbased on Scottish writer Alan Warner’s award-winning novel and which stars Samantha Morton as the titular character celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a 35mm retrospective screening.

Don Coutts’ Heading West: a story about a band called Shooglenifty is for fans old and new of the Edinburgh band which showcases the past, present and future of the Acid-croft music pioneers.

Separately screening at Filmhouse as part of the Special Events programme and in celebration of Scotland’s Stories on Screen for Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 will be Scottish  producer Dougie Irvine’s Yoyo & The Little Auk. .

Also part of the Special Events programme is the talk The Making of A Bear Named Wojtek where Edinburgh based animation director Iain Gardener, Art Director Rachel Bevan Baker and producer Iain Harvey will discuss bringing this extraordinary, animated special to life.

EIFF Creative Director Kristy Matheson said “Cinema is a magical time traveling machine that allows us to see the world but as Dorothy reminds us in the Wizard of Oz, ‘there’s no place like home.’ This year at EIFF, we’re proud to showcase local talents and stories across an array of programming. Our congratulations and sincere thanks to this talented group of Scottish born and based artists for sharing their stories with us.”

Tickets are on sale to Filmhouse Members and Screen Saver Passholders from Wednesday 20th July at 12 noon and on sale to the general public from 10am on Friday 22nd July.

Irene Brown

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