Edinburgh Film Festival: Our Pick of the Premieres

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With the Edinburgh Film Festival (18-29 June) almost upon us, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the most highly-anticipated titles premiering at the festival.

1. A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn)

A Most Wanted Man premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where Philip Seymour Hoffman was in attendance to promote it. It is now known to be his final film (barring his role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2). It’s a John Le Carre adaptation about a German intelligence agent (Hoffman) trying to stop a Chechen terrorist from stealing his father’s money. Comparisons to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy will be at the ready.

2. We’ll Never Have Paris (Simon Helberg, Jocelyn Towne)

The Big Bang Theory‘s real-life husband and wife Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne present their directorial debut (which premiered at SXSW) a romantic comedy about a hopeless neurotic (played by Helberg) struggling to win back his girlfriend (Melanie Lynskey).

3. In Order of Disappearance (Hans Petter Moland)

Following the success of the Jo Nesbo adaptations Headhunters and Jackpot comes another Scandi crime drama by a Danish author, Kim Fupz Aakeson. The story sounds generic – an overdose of heroin sparks a police investigation – but expect black humour and a lot of blood.

4. Hyena (Gerard Johnson)
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Opening the festival is this London-set crime thriller, about a corrupt police officer (Peter Ferdinando, Starred Up) being pushed to his limits by Albanian gangsters. Kill List co-stars MyAnna Burning and Neil Maskell also feature.

5. Set Fire to the Stars (Andy Goddard)
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Downtown Abbey director Andy Goddard turns his eye to 1950s New York in his first feature film (shot in black in white), about a Welsh poet, John Brinnin (Elijah Wood), who helped bring Dylan Thomas’s poetry to America. Kelly Reilly and Shirley Henderson also star.

Tickets can be bought from the Edinburgh Film Festival website.

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015). She has an MA in Film Theory and an MA in Online Journalism. She has written for Screen International, Grolsch Film Works, Universal Film Magazine, The London Film Review, Best for Film, Next Projection, Metropolitan, Don't Panic and The Ealing Gazette.