Marc Turtletaub’s ‘Puzzle’ to open 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced that Marc Turtletaub‘s forthcoming drama, Puzzle, starring Kelly Macdonald, will open the 72nd edition of the Festival on Wednesday 20th June, 2018.

Written by Oren Moverman, and based on the 2010 argentine film of the same name, the film co-stars Irrfan Khan, David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams, and Liv Hewson.

Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday 25 April at 10AM through the EIFF website. Macdonald and Turtletaub are both expected to attend the Festival.

Puzzle will be released in cinemas across the UK this summer courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing.



Puzzle is the closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it.

After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband Louie and sons Ziggy and Gabe, Agnes has found something that she wants to do. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who immediately recognizes her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world, puzzling and conversing with Robert, takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding come new insights and an assertiveness that finds her speaking out on her own behalf and pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family. Ultimately, Agnes will decide for herself what comes next.


Mark Adams, Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival commented:

“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the undeniable talent of Kelly Macdonald in this wonderfully enjoyable and uplifting film. It is a subtle and impressive new film that succeeds on all levels.”


The full programme of the 72nd Edinburgh International Film Festival will be announced by EIFF Artistic Director, Mark Adams, on Wednesday 23 May.  Tickets go on sale to Filmhouse members on Wednesday 23 May at 12 noon and on sale to the public on Friday 25 May at 10am.

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