Jamie Neish: Five Films to see at EIFF 70

Tommy's Honour with Peter Mullan

Tommy's Honour with Peter Mullan

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AND... Action! It’s almost time for another Edinburgh International Film Festival and this year’s is something special as it’s celebrates the 70th edition with a line-up that’s packed with old and new films from countries near and far.

To help you work through how much there is on offer, here Jamie Neish of emptyscreens.com, picks his five must- see movies of the 2016 EIFF.

Tommy’s Honour

CHOSEN to open this year’s festival, Tommy’s Honour not only looks like a promising film in itself, but sets the tone for what’s likely to be a very Scottish festival – one that’s throwing a lot of weight behind films from its own shores.

This one stars such names as Peter Mullan (left), Sam Neill and Ophelia Lovibond, and should set the ten-day 70th celebrations off in style.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

WHAT We Do in the Shadows, a mockumentary about vampires living their day-to-day lives in New Zealand, was a highlight of 2014.

Its director, Taika Waititi, follows it up with this offbeat comedy about a rebellious kid and his uncle (Sam Neill) who disappear, sparking a nationwide manhunt.

The film has already broken box office records in Waititi’s hometown country of New Zealand and promises to be one of the festival’s crowd pleasers.

The Love Witch

PAYING tribute to thrillers of the 1960s, The Love Witch receives its UK premiere in the festival’s Night Moves strand after drawing in big crowds and cheers at the Maryland Film Festival last month.

Where a lot of modern-day horror and thriller films rely on computer wizardry, The Love Witch takes things back to their most basic, utilising real-life props, decorations and costumes to evoke a sense of tension and atmosphere.

Little Men

IRA Sachs has drawn acclaim in the past for films Keep the Lights On and Love is Strange, which starred John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a married couple forced to live apart.

His latest, Little Men, comes to Edinburgh after a well received bow at the Sundance Film Festival and centres on two boys whose friendship is tested by their parents’ battle over money.

If the trailer is anything to go by, then this one looks like a film to treasure.

Finding Dory

PIXAR continue their close relationship with the Edinburgh International Film Festival with the UK premiere of Finding Dory, the much anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo – arguably one of the blockbuster animation studio’s best films.

As with family screenings of past, this one offers plenty of fun before, during and after the screening, with those attending seeing it a whole month before its nationwide release at the end of July.

The 70th EIFF runs from June 15-26. For full details of screening dates, timings and prices, view the full programme at edfilmfest.org.uk