Edinburgh International Film Festival 2005

The EIFF programme says: "The UK film industry is enjoying something of a renaissance and we're thrilled to share another superb crop of modern British classics with you this year. Join us on the red carpet and help celebrate the very best the United Kingdom has to offer."

View other Edinburgh International Film Festival Films by strand: Black Box, Directors' Showcase, Document, Gala, Late Night Romps, Mirrorball, Retrospective: Michael Powell, Rosebud, Shorts, Special Events

Tsotsi Tsotsi
Tsotsi and MirrorMask
Asylum (Country: UK/Ireland; Year: 2005; Director: David Mackenzie; Writer: Patrick Marber, Chrysanthy Balis, based on the novel by Patrick McGrath; Stars: Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas, Hugh Bonneville, Ian McKellen, Judy Parfitt, Sean Harris, Gus Lewis, Wanda Ventham, Anna Keaveney, Joss Ackland)
Infidelity at an institution for the criminally insane.
UK Premiere
Guy X (Country: UK/Canada/Iceland/Germany; Year: 2005; Director: Saul Metzstein; Writer: Steve Attridge, John Paul Chapple; Stars: Jason Biggs, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Northam, Michael Ironside, Sean Tucker, Benz Antoine, Nelson Balderrama, Buck Deachman, Rob deLeeuw, Donny Falsetti, Hilmir Snær Guðnason)
Odd goings on at isolated US base in Greenland, as witnessed by a man with two names.
UK Premiere
The Great Ecstasy Of Robert Carmichael (Country: UK; Year: 2005; Director: Thomas Clay; Writer: Thomas Clay, Joseph Lang; Stars: Rob Dixon, Danny Dyer, Michael Howe, Ami Instone, Stuart Laing, Lesley Manville, Charles Mnene, Daniel Spencer, Miranda Wilson, Ryan Winsley)
The fall of an intelligent teenager into a life of ultraviolence and depravity.
UK Premiere
Green Street (Hooligans, Green Street Hooligans) (Country: US/UK; Year: 2005; Director: Lexi Alexander; Writer: Lexi Alexander, Dougie Brimson, Josh Shelov; Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Leo Gregory, Marc Warren, Henry Goodman, Geoff Bell, Rafe Spall)
A Yank comes to West Ham and learns how to be a hooligan.
UK Premiere
Gypo (Country: UK; Year: 2005; Director: Jan Dunn; Writer: Jan Dunn; Stars: Pauline McLynn, Paul McGann, Rula Lenska, Chloe Sirene)
The impact of a young Czech refugee on a British working-class family.
UK Premiere
Asylum Asylum
Asylum and On A Clear Day
MirrorMask (Country: UK; Year: 2005; Director: Dave McKean; Writer: Neil Gaiman, based on a story by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean; Stars: Stephanie Leonidas, Gina McKee, Rob Brydon, Jason Barry, Stephen Fry, Dora Bryan, Robert Llewellyn, Andy Hamilton)
A circus girl falls into a fantasy world where darkness threatens the kingdom of light.
UK Premiere
On A Clear Day (Country: UK; Year: 2005; Director: Gaby Dellal; Writer: Alex Rose; Stars: Peter Mullan, Brenda Blethyn, Sean McGinley, Jamie Sives, Ron Cook, Benedict Wong, Jodhi May, Billy Boyd, Anne Marie Timoney, Shaun Dingwall, Tony Roper)
A redundant shipworker from Glasgow dreams of swimming the English Channel.
UK Premiere
Rag Tale (Country: UK; Year: 2005; Director: Mary McGuckian; Writer: Mary McGuckian and the cast; Stars: Rupert Graves, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Hart, Lucy Davis, John Sessions, Bill Paterson, Sara Stockbridge, Kerry Fox, Malcolm McDowell, Simon Callow, Cal Macaninch, David Hayman)
Poisonous cynicism and manipulative scheming at the heart of a national tabloid.
UK Premiere
Song Of Songs (Country: UK; Year: 2005; Director: Josh Appignanesi; Writer: Jay Basu, Josh Appignanesi; Stars: Nathalie Press, Joel Chalfen, Julia Swift, Leon Lissek, Felicite Du Jeu, Elliot Levey)
The stirrings of incestuous passion against a background of deeply felt religious beliefs.
World Premiere
Stoned (Country: UK; Year: 2005; Director: Stephen Woolley; Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade; Stars: Leo Gregory, Paddy Considine, Luke de Woolfson, David Morrissey, David Williams, Monet Mazur, Amelia Warner)
The last days of the fifth Rolling Stone, Brian Jones.
World Premiere
Song Of Songs Song Of Songs
Song Of Songs and Rag Tale
Tsotsi (Country: UK/South Africa; Year: 2005; Director: Gavin Hood; Writer: Gavin Hood, Athol Fugard; Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Terry Pheto, Kenneth Nkosi, Mothusi Magano, Zenzo Ngqobe, Zola, Rapulana Seiphemo)
An outstanding, highly moral tale of a young South African thug's redemption.
World Premiere
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