Breathe In to open Edinburgh Film Festival

European premiere of Drake Doremus' film will kick off 67th edition.

by Amber Wilkinson

Breathe In has been announced as the opening film of the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Drake Doremus' film, starring Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan, which premiered at Sundance, will have its European Premiere on Wednesday June 19 at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, with Jones and Doremus in attendance.

As summer turns to fall, music teacher Keith Reynolds (Pearce) privately reminisces about his days as a starving artist in the city. While his wife, Megan (Ryan), and daughter, Lauren (Davis), look forward to Lauren’s final year of high school, Keith clings to those evenings he’s called on to sub as a cellist with a prestigious Manhattan symphony. Megan decides the family should host a foreign exchange student. Sophie (Jones), a British high school senior, settles in comfortably, but soon challenges the family dynamics.

Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: "In a healthy year for American cinema, Breathe In is clearly a stand-out. It’s an emotionally powerful, beautifully understated and intelligent work from director-writer Drake Doremus, who reveals tremendous sensitivity, style and skill. He also draws superb performances from Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones. Breathe In is the ideal opening film for our festival this year."

Doremus - whose previous films include Like Crazy - said: "I’m very excited that Breathe In has been selected to play the Edinburgh International Film Festival and to be given the opening night slot is overwhelming. I now look forward to visiting Edinburgh and celebrating not just the event but the Festival’s recognition of a film I am incredibly proud of."

The film will open nationwide on July 19 through Curzon Film World.

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