Here Today to close EIFF

Billy Crystal comedy will wrap 74th edition

by Amber Wilkinson

Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal in Here Today
Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal in Here Today Photo: Courtesy of EIFF
Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced the 74th edition of the festival will close on August 25 with Billy Crystal's comedy drama Here Today.

Crystal who directs for the first time in 20 years, produced, co-wrote and stars in the film alongside Tiffany Haddish.

The film, which will screen at Edinburgh Filmhouse, tells the story of the unlikely friendship that develops between a comedy writer (Crystal) and a New York singer (Haddish).

Crystal said: "I'm thrilled that Here Today has been selected to close the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2021. To have an audience sit inside a cinema together and share the experience of this film after these unusual times makes me very happy.”

Nick Varley, lead guest programmer for this year's festival added: “We are thrilled to be closing this year’s festival with Here Today. Billy Crystal has created a wonderfully charming and touching film about friendship and growing old. The onscreen chemistry between him and Tiffany Haddish is just a joy to watch. Bring your hankies and prepare to shed tears of laughter and sadness”

The festival runs from August 18 to 25 and Here Today will be released in UK cinemas on September 3.

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