Guests of the Fest: See the Stars at EIFF
EIFF 2014 is set to welcome a host of special guests. Take a look at some of the talented filmmakers and rising stars who will be arriving next week at the Festival and keep an eye out for them on the Red Carpet and at EIFF venues.
Ugly Betty star America Ferrera (The Dry Lands, EIFF 2010) will return to the Festival along with husband and director Ryan Piers Williams, with their film X/Y – part of our American Dreams strand. X/Y is a nominee for The Award for Best International Feature Film.
Elijah Wood is here with the Michael Powell nominated film Set Fire to the Stars, along with director Andy Goddard and many of the cast and artistic crew. Elijah Wood will also take part in a Hero Hangout, presented by EIFF and Empire on 25 June.
British actor-director Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Adulthood) has two films at the Festival this year. The Doctor Who star is the director of The Anomaly and producer of We Are Monster – and he will be an honoured guest at this year's Opening Night Gala. Clarke will also participate in a Hero Hangout event on 20 June.
Don Johnson – Hollywood actor and household name since his star role in Miami Vice – will also be in attendance. He joins us here in Edinburgh with Jim Mickle’s brilliant revenge thriller Cold in July and you can meet him in his very own Hero Hangout on 21 June.
Also attending the Opening Night Gala are many of the cast and crew of Hyena. Look out for director Gerard Johnson, producers Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen and Jo Laurie, and cast members Elisa Lasowski, Gordon Brown, Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Gjevat Kelmendi, Neil Maskell, and Orli Shuka.
As previously announced co-directors of We’ll Never Have Paris Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) and actress Jocelyn Towne, will be arriving in Edinburgh toward the end of the Festival along with producer Katie Mustard. The pair of directors will also attend. Meet them at their Hero Hangout on 29 June.
International director Anton Corbijn (director of Control and the subject of Inside Out, EIFF 2012) will visit the Festival this year as director of A Most Wanted Man, a John le Carré adaptation which stars the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final film role.
Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham will also attend the Festival with the film Let Us Prey, alog with many more guests from the film including director Brian O'Malley and his co-stars.
Dominik Graf, director of Beloved Sisters (Die geliebten Schwestern) (screening in the Focus on Germany strand), will also attend EIFF 2014. The German director is the subject of one of this year’s retrospectives: The Secret Master: Dominik Graf and the Hidden History of German Cinema.
Some of our regular guest filmmakers will also return to Edinburgh this year. Alexandre O Philippe, director of Doc of the Dead, will make his third visit to EIFF in the past 5 years. He previously attended with his quirky documentaries The People vs George Lucas (EIFF 2010) and The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus (EIFF 2012).
Mark Cousins and Mania Akbari, directors of Life May Be, will also be in attendance. Both had films at EIFF 2013: The Story of Children and Film and From Tehran to London, respectively.
The Michael Powell Award is also well represented this year. Jury members Amos Gitai, Nina Hoss and Michael Smiley will be in attendance and on duty, along with several Michael Powell Award nominees. These nominees include the cast and crew of A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide, including director Graham Hughes, writer-actor-producer Graeme McGeagh, producer Kirsty Hutton, and writer Keith Grantham; Greyhawk director Guy Pitt and talent; Castles in the Sky director Gillies Mackinnon, along with cast and crew; and Hide and Seek director Joanna Coates with her cast and crew. Uberto Pasolini, director of Still Life, will also attend the Festival during its second week.
Further Award nominees include these Best Documentary hopefuls: Ed Perkins, director of Garnet’s Gold, who will attend alongside the film’s subject, Garnet Frost, and the director and producer of My Name is Salt, Lutz Konermann and Farida Pacha.