Edinburgh International Film Festival announces 2019 Opening Night Gala

Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced the riotous social satire, Boyz in the Wood, as the Opening Night Gala for the 73rd Edition of the festival.

The European Premiere will take place at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre on Wednesday 19th June 2019. Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 1st May 2019.

Boyz in the Wood is the debut feature of music video director Ninian Doff, who also penned the script.

Rising stars Rian Gordon, Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja and Lewis Gribben lead an impressive ensemble cast including Kate Dickie, EIFF Honorary Patron James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie, and Eddie Izzard.



Set deep in the Scottish Highlands, Boyz in the Wood is an anarchic cocktail of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers, and hallucinogenic rabbit droppings.

As four city boys try to escape a mysterious huntsman (a menacing Eddie Izzard), the Highlands’ police force trails behind, failing spectacularly and hilariously to provide assistance.



Doff says:

“It’s hard to put into words what a huge honour it is for me to have Boyz in the Wood open the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019. It’s been an incredible journey for me and real tribute to the amazing start I got all those years ago at this very festival. I’m from Edinburgh and for my debut film I really wanted to make a film that captured a very particular Scottish joy, madness and humour; and that was also modern, political and forward looking. Everybody, both cast and crew, brought so much passion and energy to make this film and it’s going to be very special for it to have its European Premiere, not only in my hometown, but also at such an important festival.”


For more information on this year’s Festival visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

The 73rd edition of EIFF runs from 19 – 30 June 2019. The full programme will be announced on 29 May 2019.

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