Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018

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The Heiresses and Loveling
An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (Country: China; Year: 2018; Director: Hu Bo; Writer: Hu Bo; Stars: Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang, Congxi Li, Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang, Congxi Li)
The lives of four people cross over the course of a day in China.
UK premiere
Azougue Nazaré (Country: Brazil; Year: 2017; Director: Tiago Melo; Writer: Tiago Melo)
Falstaffian character Tiao, Valmir do Coco leads a nonprofessional cast of authentic Maracatu practitioners in a tale told through dance, music, and the supernatural.
UK premiere
The Butterfly Tree (Country: Australia; Year: 2017; Director: Priscilla Cameron; Writer: Priscilla Cameron; Stars: Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould, Sophie Lowe, Ella Jaz Macrokanis, Lauren Dillon, Paula Nazarski, Steve Nation, Liam Hop Yek Dodds, Tammy Sarah Linde, Sam Cotton, Kristy Brooks)
A man and his son compete for the affections of the same woman.
UK premiere
Flammable Children (Swinging Safari) (Country: Australia; Year: 2018; Director: Stephan Elliott; Writer: Stephan Elliott; Stars: Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Julian McMahon, Asher Keddie, Jeremy Sims, Atticus Robb, Darcey Wilson, Jack Thompson, Oscar Bailey, Hunter Stratton Boland, Scott Arderne, Travis Corbett, Oliver Bailey, Orlando Bailey)
Story of teens in a Seventies beach resort that hits the headlines when a whale washes ashore, and their eccentric parents.
International premiere
Girls Always Happy (Country: China; Year: 2018; Director: Yang Mingming; Stars: Nai An, Yang Mingming, Xianmin Zhang, Qinqin Li, Li Yuan, Nai An, Yang Mingming, Xianmin Zhang, Qinqin Li, Li Yuan)
Darkly comic tale of a mother and daughter relationship.
UK premiere
An Elephant Sitting Still An Elephant Sitting Still
An Elephant Sitting Still and Flammable Children (Swinging Safari)
The Great Buddha + (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2017; Director: Huang Hsin-yao ; Writer: Huang Hsin-yao; Stars: Cres Chuang, Bamboo Chu-Sheng Chen, Leon Dai, Shao-Huai Chang, Kuo-Lin Ting, Na-Dou Lin, Yi-wen Chen, Mei-Hsiu Lin, Evelyn Yu-Tong Cheng)
A night security guard and his colleague get more than they bargained for when they start watching the car dash camera of one of their bosses.
UK premiere
The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (Country: Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany, Brazil, Norway; Year: 2018; Director: Marcelo Martinessi; Writer: Marcelo Martinessi; Stars: Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez, María Martins)
When Chiquita is sent to prison for debt, her introverted girlfriend Chela is left to her own devices. Chela offers rich women a taxi service in her old car. As she explores the outside world she also starts to focus on her own desires.
UK premiere
Loveling (Benzinho) (Country: Brazil, Uruguay, Germany; Year: 2018; Director: Gustavo Pizzi; Writer: Gustavo Pizzi, Karine Teles; Stars: Karine Teles, Otávio Müller, Adriana Esteves, Konstantinos Sarris, César Troncoso, Mateus Solano, Camilo Pellegrini, Ariclenes Barroso, Pablo Riera, Lucas Gouvêa)
Snapshot of a Brazilian family as their son prepares to leave for Germany.
UK premiere
Moko Jumbie (Country: US, Trinidad and Tobago; Year: 2017; Director: Vashti Anderson; Writer: Vashti Anderson; Stars: Anthony Blackburn, Keston Dick, Vanna Girod, Melvina Hazard, Marianna Kulukundis, Dinesh Maharaj, Sharda Maharaj, Aryana Mohammed, Nickolai Salcedo, Jeremy Thomas, Anthony Blackburn, Keston Dick, Vanna Girod, Melvina Hazard, Marianna Kulukundis)
Magic realist coming of age story about a young woman returning to Trinidad.
European premiere
No. 1 Chung Ying Street (Country: Hong Kong; Year: 2017; Director: Derek Chiu; Stars: Fish Liew, Yau Hawk Sau, Le Chun Yip)
Political drama about two protest movements and the link between them.
UK premiere
Supa Modo Supa Modo
Supa Modo and Waru
Party 'Round The Globe (Country: Japan; Year: 2017; Director: Hirobumi Watanabe; Writer: Hirobumi Watanabe; Stars: Misao Hirayama, Gaku Imamura, Takanori Kurosaki, Hirobumi Watanabe, Yuji Watanabe, Misao Hirayama, Gaku Imamura, Takanori Kurosaki, Hirobumi Watanabe, Yuji Watanabe)
Two factory workers take a road trip to a Paul McCartney concert.
UK premiere
Radiance (Hikari) (Country: Japan, France; Year: 2017; Director: Naomi Kawase; Writer: Naomi Kawase; Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Noémie Nakai, Tatsuya Fuji, Ayame Misaki, Chihiro Ohtsuka, Kazuko Shirakawa, Mantarô Koichi, Saori, Nobumitsu Ônishi)
A writer of film versions for the visually impaired falls for a photographer who is losing his eyesight, together they learn to see the radiant world.
UK premiere
Supa Modo (Country: Germany, Kenya; Year: 2018; Director: Likarion Wainaina; Writer: Wanjeri Gakuru, Gathoni Kamau, Ian Masters, Silas Miami, Kamau Wa Ndung'u, Mugambi Nthiga, Likarion Wainaina; Stars: Stycie Waweru, Marrianne Nungo, Nyawara Ndambia, Johnson Gitau Chege, Humphrey Maina, Joseph Omari, Rita Njenga, Dinah Githinji, Nellex Nderitu, Ednah Daisy, Peris Wambui, Mercy Kariuki, Cindy Kahura, Nick Mwathi, Muriithi Mwangi)
A young girl escapes real life through a superhero fantasy world.
UK premiere
Three Summers (Country: Australia; Year: 2017; Director: Ben Elton; Writer: Ben Elton; Stars: Robert Sheehan, Rebecca Breeds, Michael Caton, Magda Szubanski, John Waters, Deborah Mailman, Kelton Pell, Jacqueline McKenzie, Kate Box, Caroline Brazier, Peter Rowsthorn, Mahesh Jadu, Christiaan Van Vuuren, Nicholas Boshier, Joseph Pedley)
Story of will-they/won't-they relationships across three years of a folk festival.
International premiere
Waru (Country: New Zealand; Year: 2017; Director: Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones; Writer: Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Chelsea Cohen, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones; Stars: Miriama McDowell, Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Maria Walker, Acacia Hapi)
Omnibus film about the loss of a young boy in a small town.
UK premiere

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