Edinburgh International Film Festival 2023: Lights, Camera, Action!

Get ready to dive into a whirlwind of cinematic magic at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2023, running from August 18th to 23rd. 

Opening night on August 18th kicks off with a bang, featuring the world premiere of Silent Roar, a debut feature by Scottish writer and director Johnny Barrington. Rub shoulders with Barrington and the film's stars, and brace yourself for a cinematic rollercoaster.

Mark your calendars for August 19th, as acclaimed director Ira Sachs presents his latest creation, Passages. Sachs weaves intricate tales of human connections, promising an unforgettable experience. And that's not all - Sachs will dive into a conversation about queer cinema and intimacy on August 20th, joined by talented writer Brandon Taylor.

Prepare for a powerful documentary experience with Is There Anybody Out There?, a heartfelt exploration of disability by filmmaker Ella Glendining. Embark on a journey of self-discovery through the eyes of others.

If you're in the mood for thrills, don't miss Superposition, a mind-bending existential thriller from writer/director Karoline Lyngbye. Brace yourself for an electrifying cinematic ride.

Outdoor screenings get a fresh twist with Scrapper, a Sundance award-winning feature by director Charlotte Regan. Enjoy cinema under the stars like never before.

Love takes the spotlight on August 20th with the world premiere of Chuck Chuck Baby, a heartwarming LGBTQ+ romance. Director Janis Pugh's charm will light up the event.

Tension and mystery intertwine in Femme, a stylish thriller by filmmakers Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping. Brace yourself for a gripping exploration of desire and self-discovery.

Revive the classics with the 40th-anniversary screening of Variety, a neo-noir feminist gem by Bette Gordon. Join Gordon for a trip down memory lane.

Uncover the intriguing world of British espionage and homosexual identity in Ungentle, a thought-provoking study by Huw Lemmey.

Step into a realm of short films with Wool Aliens (and other films), an artistic creation by Julia Parks, accompanied by a mesmerizing musical performance by Miwa Nagato-Apthorp.

August 21st brings an atmospheric period thriller, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, directed by Hope Dickson-Leach. Dive into the mysterious streets of Edinburgh.

David Hayman takes a double role, presenting the haunting Raging Grace, a gothic horror that recently took the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW Film Festival.

Jeanie Finlay's Your Fat Friend paints a vibrant portrait of author and activist Aubrey Gordon. Get ready for an emotional journey.

Hold your breath for Kill, a gripping debut by director Rodger Griffiths, featuring an exceptional Scottish cast in a gritty revenge saga.

Relive the past with the newly restored Tokyo Pop, as writer/director Fran Rubel Kuzui and producer Kaz Kuzui take you on a nostalgic ride.

Lead actor Thomas Schubert introduces Afire, a sharp and funny take on the struggles of creativity that promises laughs and insights.

Shane Meadows, the genius behind Dead Man's Shoes, joins producer Mark Herbert for a retrospective gala celebrating the film's enduring impact.

Don't miss the closing night on August 23rd, featuring author Irvine Welsh and director Ian Jeffries with their collaborative documentary, Choose Irvine Welsh. Dive into the author's life and philosophy.

And with a dash of deadpan humor, the festival bids adieu with Fremont, presented by director Babak Jalali and writer Carolina Cavalli.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival 2023 is your ticket to a cinematic journey like no other. From premieres to retrospectives, discussions to discoveries, get ready to be swept away by the magic of the silver screen.

Visit https://www.eif.co.uk/edinburgh-international-film-festival for more information and tickets.