EIFF Closing Night Film And Retrospective Announcement
EIFF are very HAPPY to close the 2013 Festival with world premiere of NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING
Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is proud to announce NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING starring Karen Gillan and Stanley Weber (alongside Amy Manson, Iain de Caestecker, Kate Dickie, Freya Mavor, Gary Lewis and Henry Ian Cusick), as the Closing Night film of the 67th edition of the Festival.
The red carpet will be rolled out at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre on 30th June when the stars and filmmakers attend the World Premiere of this indie romantic comedy set in Glasgow.
Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “Speaking as somebody who, before coming to Scotland, knew Scotland partly through its portrayal in films, I'm really excited to find in NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING a fresh, interesting, and almost idyllic take on the cultural vibrancy of Scottish city life. The film also shows how well the time-honoured genre of romantic comedy can work in the contemporary Scottish context. The film will add just the right note of celebration with which to close our festival this year.”
NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING is directed by John McKay (Crush, We’ll Take Manhattan), is produced by Claire Mundell (Crying With Laughter, Weekend) of Synchronicity Films, co-produced by Wendy Griffin (Wasted) and written by David Solomons (The Great Ghost Rescue, Five Children and It).
When struggling, maverick publisher Tomas Duval discovers his only successful author Jane Lockhart is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or he’s finished - with her newfound success, she’s become too damn happy and she can’t write when she’s happy. The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more he realises he is in love with her…
Producer Claire Mundell said: “We’re thrilled and excited to bring our feel-good film to the Edinburgh Film Festival and honoured to be the Closing Night film. Living and working in Scotland, we wanted to create something representative of the bustling creativity and wonderful, witty sense of humour we see around us. The result is NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING; a film that’s unashamedly upbeat, romantic and funny. We want audiences to be charmed and leave the cinema feeling great, so it's fitting that our film will be a very happy finale to what will be an exceptional year at the Festival.”
NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING is presented by British Film Company and Creative Scotland in association with BBC Scotland and is a Synchronicity Films Production. Executive Producers are Steve Milne, Robbie Allen, Ewan Angus and Christian Eisenbeiss. Additional funders include Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Glasgow Film Office and Southwest Scotland Screen. International sales by LevelK. Post-production by the award winning Molinare.
Following the announcement of its partnership with the BFI to celebrate the films of French director Jean Grémillon, the EIFF proudly announces a retrospective of Hollywood director Richard Fleischer in partnership with the Filmhouse, which hosts an extensive programme running 13th June–7th July.
Festival-goers will be able to enjoy stars of the silver screen such as Charlton Heston in futuristic SOYLENT GREEN (1973), Richard Attenborough and John Hurt in 10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971), Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda in THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968), Stephen Boyd and Rachel Welch in FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966), Joan Collins as THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING (1955) and edgy film noir with THE NARROW MARGIN (1952).
Over a career that spanned six decades and ranged from film noir to science fiction, American director Richard Fleischer (1916-2006) was responsible for some of the most distinctive and most enduring Hollywood classics. His versatility, while enabling him to achieve commercial longevity, may also be a reason why Fleischer has been consistently underrated by critics and historians. Yet his films are in the best tradition of mainstream cinema with their deft interweaving of thrilling action and psychological complexity. This retrospective reveals the full range of Fleischer’s work.
Chris Fujiwara has said: “I'm delighted to bring Richard Fleischer's best films to our audiences and let them discover and trace out the distinctive style and vision that marked his work. Some of Fleischer's films, such as THE VIKINGS and FANTASTIC VOYAGE, are fantasies that can be appreciated on one level by children and on other levels by adults. Others, such as THE GIRL IN THE RED VELVET SWING, THE BOSTON STRANGLER and 10 RILLINGTON PLACE, are sophisticated thrillers that work in unpredictable ways to engage and challenge the viewer. He is a great director to study to see how the most mainstream forms of film entertainment can be filled with artistic purpose and imagination.”
The EIFF screenings feature as part of a full Filmhouse programme encompassing Fleischer's films across four decades. Please see www.filmhousecinema.com for further details.
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Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.