Charlotte Wells’ ‘Aftersun’ to open 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Charlotte Wells’ critically acclaimed debut feature film ‘Aftersun’ will open the 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival on Friday 12th August 2022.

The Opening Night Gala screening, sponsored by The Scotsman, is expected to have the Edinburgh-born Director Charlotte Wells and actors Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio in attendance to present the film which will take place at the Vue Edinburgh Omni on Leith Street.

Aftersun tells the story of Sophie (played as an adult by Celia Rowlson-Hall and a young girl by Frankie Corio) who reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father (Paul Mescal) twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between miniDV footage as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t.

Aftersun won a Critics’ Week Award during this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is directed and written by Charlotte Wells and produced by Adele Romanski, Amy Jackson, Barry Jenkins and Mark Ceryak.

This year the EIFF celebrates its 75th anniversary, with a host of soon to be announced films, events and programmes that feed into the film festival’s history of supporting new film talent by connecting audiences with innovative and essential storytellers.

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2022 programme launches on 20th July 2022. Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 12th to 20th August 2022.

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