Edinburgh International Film Festival launches Ed Film Fest At Home

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Edinburgh International Film Festival and Curzon Home Cinema have teamed up to present Ed Film Fest At Home, an online festival of the best new cinema to be enjoyed at home.

This online festival will act as a virtual replacement for the 74th edition of the world’s longest running film festival, which was postponed due to COVID-19.

A brand-new release will be shown each day across the 12 day festival, with films playing for between 2 and 12 days, each priced at £9.99. Live Q&As with special guests will be screened alongside the films, with the official programme released on 17th June – the current titles listed on Curzon Home Cinema will still be added to, with the titles only available to watch in the UK. 

The full schedule will be released 17 June, but the films currently on the roster for EdFilmFest at Home include Ron Howard’s documentary Rebuilding Paradise, which follows the rebuilding efforts of the residents of Paradise, California, after the 2018 fire that razed their home to the ground, as well as the documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicolas de Pencier, and narrated by Alicia Vikander, which explores the devastating impact that unfettered human consumption has had on our planet.

Other highlights include Fanny Lye Delivered, a horror-thriller set in Shropshire in the year 1657, starring Maxine Peake and Charles Dance; Jóhann Jóhannsson’s directorial debut The Last and First Man, a sci-fi essay which loosely adapts Olaf Stapledon’s novel of the same name, narrated by Tilda Swinton; The Dardenne Brothers’ Young Ahmed, about a Belgian teen who hatches a plot to murder his teacher; and Perfumes, a French comedy about a woman whose incredible olfactory facility makes her a big name in the perfume world.

Rod White, Director of Programming said, “We can’t bring you the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year quite as and when you know it, but we are finding ways to adapt and to share our passion for films through new initiatives. We want to give our industry something to get excited about whilst all UK cinemas are closed, and get the cinema-going public excited about what films are in store for them in cinemas when we return.” 

Ed Film Fest at Home runs from Wed 24 June–Sun 5 July. The film will be available to view at edfilmfest.org.uk and curzonhomecinema.com.

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