Guests of the Fest
No need to stand on ceremony at the red carpet during this year’s EIFF. Simply spy this year’s special guests at the Festival Theatre, Festivalhouse@Teviot, Filmhouse, Inspace and other refreshingly unconventional venues
As previously announced, Ewan McGregor and David Mackenzie’s attendance at the Festival Theatre premier of their latest collaboration makes Perfect Sense. As does Bill Nighy’s presence in the city for his highly-anticipated BAFTA Scotland interview. He visits alongside Sir David Hare for the premier of their political thriller Page Eight. British-born Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall will also be making an appearance with her film Meet Monica Velour. But there are many more creative bodies ready to land in Edinburgh in the coming weeks.
Martin Bell will be in residence for two days to moderate Conflict | Reportage debates and host screenings. He will be joined by journalists on the frontiers of war and technology for The Frontline Club; Teru Kawayama, Balazs Gardi and Inigo Gilmore. Dennis Danfung will also present game-changing documentary Hell and Back Again. In the same week, Ali Samadi Ahadi will be showing his urgent Iranian political documentary, The Green Wave.
Curator and enigmatic auteur Bela Tarr will be in attendance with his most recent work, Turin Horse, a meticulously crafted portrait of Nietzsche’s last years and for the screenings of his selection of ground-breaking Hungarian cinema. Curator and director Sophie Fiennes will preside the Perspectives screening of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, her original documentary featuring Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek.
Craig Viveiros, director of gritty prison drama Ghosted, will be bringing Scottish star and EIFF favourite Martin Compston (SoulBoy, EIFF 2010) and veteran actor Art Malik. Distinguished German actor Sebastian Koch (Unknown, The Lives of Others), and the much in demand Felicity Jones and Jessica Brown-Findlay will be coming up for coming of age drama Albatross.
Director of Pelican Blood, Karl Golden, returns for rave scene retrospective Weekender with Jack O’Connell (This is England) and Henry Lloyd Hughes (Miliband of Brothers) in tow. We hope that Emmett Scanlan - who plays the charming pscyopath Charlie Casanova - will be staying out of character during his visit. Stormhouse director Dan Turner will also be in town with cast Grahame Fox and Grant Masters.
Fresh from his success at the L.A. Film Festival with another film About A Boy, A Better Life, director Chris Weitz, will be over from the states as will Liz Garbus with the acclaimed Bobby Fischer Against the World.
Keep your eyes peeled for this year's Guests of the Fest.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.