Two Brian Cox-starrers and a documentary focus on female directors are amongst this year’s programme of films.

The Carer

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival has unveiled the Scottish selection for its 70th edition (June 15-26).

As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of Tommy’s Honour, starring Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden, and will close with the world premiere of Whisky Galore!, starring Gregor Fisher, James Cosmo and Eddie Izzard.

Veteran actor Brian Cox has two features in the selection, János Edelényi’s comedy The Carer [pictured] and Jon Cassar’s western Forsaken, in which he stars alongside both Kiefer and Donald Sutherland.

Scottish actor Rose Leslie will star alongside Ray Liotta and Gina Rodriguez in family drama Sticky Notes, from director Amanda Sharp.

Angus Macfadyen, known for playing Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, makes his directorial debut with Macbeth Unhinged, a black-and-white retelling of the Shakespearian tragedy.

This year’s Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap series will spotlight women, with four features directed by women selected: Lucie Rachel’s Where We Are Now, Lindsay Brown’s Swan, Wilma Smith’s The Review, and Natalia Kouneli’s Silent Laughs.

There will also be special screenings of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting – celebrating the film’s 20th anniversary, with a sequel currently in the works – and a 4k restoration of Highlander, attending by star Clancy Brown.

The festival will also feature television in the shape of BBC Alba Gaelic show Bannan, and the world premiere of Niall McCann’s documentary Lost In France, charting the rise of Glasgow-based independent record label Chemical Underground.

The selection

  • Moon Dogs, dir. Philip John
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog, dir. Steven Lewis Simpson
  • Sticky Notes, dir. Amanda Sharp
  • Macbeth Unhinged, dir. Angus Macfadyen
  • The Carer, dir. János Edelényi
  • Forsaken, dir. Jon Cassar
  • A Reykjavik Porno, dir. Graeme Maley
  • Pale Star, dir. Graeme Maley
  • The Rezort, dir. Steve Barker
  • Pikadero, Ben Sharrock
  • The Islands And The Whales, dir. Mike Day
  • The Correspondence, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore
  • The Olive Tree, dir. Iciar Bollain
  • Seat In Shadow, dir. Henry Coombes

Bridging the Gap

  • Where We Are Now, dir. Lucie Rachel
  • Swan, dir. Lindsay Brown
  • The Review, dir. Wilma Smith
  • Silent Laughs, dir. Natalia Kouneli