Edinburgh International Film Festival 2024 world premieres include ‘Lollipop’, ‘The Radleys’ and AI doll documentary ‘Smiles And Kisses You’

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2024 world premieres include ‘Lollipop’, ‘The Radleys’ and AI doll documentary ‘Smiles And Kisses You’

Daisy-May Hudson’s Feature Debut Lollypopa documentary about a man’s relationship with a life-size AI-animated doll, and Nina Conti’s Cannes Great 8 Sunlight are among 18 world premieres at the new Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF, 15–21 August).

A total of 37 feature films make up the line-up for the 77th EIFF, the first under the leadership of Paul Ridd as festival director and Andrew Macdonald as chairman. The line-up includes 10 world premieres in the running for the £50,000 Sean Connery Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Filmmaking, as well as four retrospective screenings, a Midnight Madness strand and five short programmes.

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The films nominated for the Sean Connery Award include films supported by the BFI and BBC Film Lollypop (see the first look above), which follows a young woman who has just been released from prison and is fighting to regain custody of her children from the care system. It was the first major title announced by former Embankment directors Calum Gray and Architect’s Max Pirkis. The cast includes Screen Star of Tomorrow 2023 Posy Sterling.

Smiles and kisses for you is an American documentary by Bryan Carberry about the relationship between a man and his life-size artificial intelligence-animated doll, addressing the issue of loneliness in the era of algorithmic dating apps.

Conti, a comedian, ventriloquist and veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, directs and stars in Sunlight, absurd road movie about a monkey, a man and a dead man’s watch. Sales are handled by Metro International.

Out-of-competition world premieres include the black comedy Euros Lyn The Radleysbased on the novel of the same name by Matt Haig, starring Damian Lewis and sold by Cornerstone. A seemingly ordinary family hides an all-powerful secret – they are vampires.

Polly Steele Documentary The mountain in me follows rugby player Ed Jackson’s recovery from a near-fatal accident, thanks to his newfound love of mountain climbing. Universal Pictures Content Group will release the documentary in the UK and Ireland in association with Dogwoof.

Daniel Reisinger’s unconventional romantic comedy And you, starring Aisling Bea and Colin Hanks, also having its world premiere out of competition.

Midnight Madness series, which will screen horror, action and comedy films into the late hours, will launch with a UK premiere Alien: Romulus and end with the title Coralie Fargeat in Cannes Substance. Also in this thread, Sunray: Fallen SoldierA thriller created by and starring former Royal Marines commandos, sold by Film Seekers, will have its world premiere.

Lynda Myles Celebrates will be the world premiere of a visionary new work by Argentine director Axel Cheb Terraba, in honour of writer, academic and former EIFF director Lynda Myles. Gala and Kiwipresented to the audience by Myles.

The industry programme will run throughout the first weekend of the festival, with more details to follow soon.

“Through a spirit of collaboration, passion and, above all, teamwork, we have worked to create something exceptional from our shared vision of what we want this historic festival to be in the future, and to provide a platform for a huge range of film works. From day one, audiences have always been at the forefront and centre of our thinking,” said Paul Ridd, EIFF Director.

Festival partners include Cameo Cinema and Summerhall, as well as venues looking to include the festival in the Edinburgh Fringe, which also takes place in August, including 50 George Square, Inspace on Crichton Street and Tollcross Central Hall.

EIFF 2024 Lineup

*means World premiere

The Outrun (UK) – opening film of the evening
Directed by Nora Fingscheidt

From Yesterday: The Untold Story of Scottish Girl Bands (UK)* – closing film of the evening
Directors Blair Young, Carla J Easton

Sean Connery Award for Excellence in Feature Filmmaking

All mountains give (Iran)*
Directed by Arash Rakhsha

Ceremony (UK)*
Directed by Jack King

Fugue (Belgium)*
Directors. Mary Jiménez, Bénédicte Liénard

Lilies are not for me (USA)*
Directed by Will Seefried

Lollipop (UK)*
Directed by Daisy-May Hudson

Temple (Canada)*
Directed by Abdolreza Kahani

Smiles and Kisses and You (USA)*
Directed by Bryan Carberry

Sunshine (UK)*
Directed by Nina Conti

Kill the Wolf (USA)*
Directed by Kelsey Taylor

Xibalba Monster (Mexico)*
Directed by Manuela Irene

Non-competitive functions

Acting (UK)*
Directed by Sophie Fiennes

And Mrs. (UK)*
Directed by Daniel Reisinger

Armand (Norway)
Directed by Halfdan Ullmann Tønde

Between The Temples (USA)
Directed by Nathan Silver

Black Dog (Taiwan)
Directed by Guan Hu

Blue Sun Palace (USA)
Directed by Constance Tsang

Bogancloch (Great Britain)
Directed by Ben Rivers

Dancer of Joy (USA)*
Directors: Suzanne Smith, Sylvia Solf

Mongrel (Taiwan)
Directors: Wei Liang Chiang, You Qiao Yin

My favorite cake (Iran-Fr-Swe-Ger)
Directors: Maryam Moghadam, Behtash Sanaeeha

A New Kind of Wilderness (Norway)
Directed by Silje Evensmo Jacobsen

Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust (India)
Directed by Ishan Shukla

Sing, Sing (USA)
Directed by Greg Kwedar

Steppe wolf (Kazakhstan)
Directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov

A Sudden Glimpse into Deeper Things (UK)
Directed by Mark Cousins

The Mountain in Me (UK)*
Directed by Polly Steele

The Radleys (UK)*
Directed by Euros Lyn

Timestalker (UK)
Directed by Alice Lowe

Midnight Madness

Aliens: Romulus (USA)
Directed by Fede Alvarez

Substance (USA-UK-France)
Directed by Coralie Fargeat

Birdman (Australia)
Directors: Jack Clark, Jim Weir

King Baby (UK)
Directors Kit Redstone, Arran Shearing

Strangeness (Anger)
Directed by Damian McCarthy

Sunray: Fallen Soldier (UK)*
Directors James Clarke, Daniel Shephard

Lynda Myles celebrates

Gala and Kiwi (Arg)*
Directed by Axel Cheb Terrab


I know where I’m going! (UK)
Directors: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Suspiria (It)
Directed by Gaspar Noé (Noé will also take part in the event “in conversation”)

The Untouchables (USA))
Directed by Brian De Palma

Phantom of the Paradise (USA)
Directed by Brian De Palma