Edinburgh Film Festival opened on June 19 with Boyz In The Wood and will close on June 30 with the world premiere of Mrs Lowry & Son. This year's country focus is Spain, including A Retrospective Celebration of Modern Spanish Cinema; A Retrospective Selection of Cult Spanish Cinema and an in-depth celebration of the work of Spanish writer, actor and filmmaker Icíar Bollaín.

There are a number of in person events, featuring Bollaín, Danny Boyle, Jack Lowden, Nick Broomfield and Pollyanna McIntosh.

In a collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra there will also be a free screening of children's show Soundmoves: Music Movies. The festival will run from June 19 to 30.

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Asterix: The Secret Of The Magic Potion
Asterix: The Secret Of The Magic Potion
The village druid enlists the help of Asterix and Obelix to find a young druid to share his secrets with.
The Furies
The Furies
Two women and one wakes to find herself playing a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Two lives intersect in Mumbai and go along together. A struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a connection that transforms them in ways that they could not expect.
The true story of white supremacist skinhead Bryon Widner and his attempts to leave his extreme right-wing past behind.
Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love
Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love
A story of enduring love between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. The film follows their relationship from the early days in Greece, a time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician.
Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk
Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk
The story of the bond between golfer and caddie.
Based on director's own experience as a fledgling promoter who came from the Schemes of Dundee.
In 19th Century Snowdonia, a young girl tries to hold her home and family together as a mining company encroach on their land.
The Art Of Self-Defense
The Art Of Self-Defense
After being beaten up on the street, an accountant joins a karate studio to learn how to protect himself.
The Hidden City
The Hidden City
Beneath the modern city, there lies a vast labyrinth, which the filmmaker explores.
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Edinburgh International Film Festival Features

A son's journey
Iain Cunningham on searching for his mother and making Irene's Ghost
A woman's story
Pollyanna McIntosh on Darlin’ and the wildness in all of us
Constructing the Sentence
John Hawkes and Elfar Adalsteins on motivation and midges in their road trip drama
Orbital dynamics
Shelagh McLeod on working with Richard Dreyfuss, space, nursing homes and Astronaut
10 films to catch at Edinburgh Film Festival
We pick some of our favourites from this year's line-up
Ghost of Romero stalks Cannes opener
Jarmusch acknowledges the influence of the master
Dressing up
Joanna Hogg, Tilda Swinton and Honor Swinton Byrne on the costumes in The Souvenir
Final fade-out for Varda - a force of nature
New Wave pioneer 'never bankable' but much treasured
Top End Team
Miranda Tapsell, Gwilym Lee, Wayne Blair and Joshua Tyler on Aussie rom-com
Interconnecting the layers
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on Patricia Rommel and Never Look Away
The view from the tree
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on Germany Oscar submission Never Look Away
After the end of the world
Carolina Hellsgård discusses her fresh take on rotting zombies in Ever After
Feeling the character
Alessandro Nivola on The Art Of Self-Defense and The Red Sea Diving Resort
A vision of Blancanieves
Pablo Berger on fairy tales, cinema and misbehaving roosters.
Romantic comedy - an alien concept?
Nacho Vigalondo discusses his latest film Extraterrestrial and upcoming thriller Windows.
All woman
Pollyanna McIntosh on the new horror that's turning heads.
Twisting time
Director Nacho Vigalondo talks exclusively about his mind-bending feature debut Timecrimes... and the upcoming Hollywood remake.
Hitting Back at Domestic Abuse
Spanish writer-director Iciar Bollain talks about her award-winning film Take My Eyes

Edinburgh International Film Festival News

EIFF celebrates 73rd edition
Festival increased audience numbers in 2019
Farming harvests Michael Powell at EIFF
Aurora, Sakawa and The Call also among winners
EIFF announces full programme
Danny Boyle and Nick Broomfield set for in person events
EIFF preview screening of Brightburn
Elizabeth Banks stars in horror
EIFF launches youth programme
Talks, masterclasses and £5 tickets on offer for 15-25-year-olds
EIFF spotlight on Scots
Festival celebrates homegrown talent
EIFF announces galas
UglyDolls and Balance, Not Symmetry join line-up
Pre-festival screening for Toy Story 4
Animated instalment to be shown weekend before EIFF starts
Boyz In The Wood to open EIFF
Scots-set Social satire to kick-off 73rd edition
EIFF announces free outdoor screenings
Includes 30th anniversary showing of When Harry Met Sally
Free children's show at EIFF
Soundmoves: Music Movies marks collaboration with Scottish Chamber Orchestra
EIFF to focus on Spain
Showcase includes Icíar Bollaín retrospective

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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