Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces The Premiere Of PUZZLE Starring Kelly Macdonald As The Opening Night Gala
Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces The International Premiere Of PUZZLE Starring Kelly Macdonald As The Opening Night Gala
Edinburgh International Film Festival is thrilled to announce that the highly regarded drama Puzzle, featuring a spellbinding performance by acclaimed Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald, will open the 72nd edition of the Festival on Wednesday 20th June. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday 25 April at 10AM through the EIFF website.
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 recognises 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.
Friend of EIFF, Kelly Macdonald plays Agnes whilst the legendary Irrfan Khan takes on the role of charismatic puzzle master Robert, both leading a stellar ensemble cast in this life-affirming film directed by Marc Turtletaub. The film is set to be released in the UK by Sony Pictures Releasing this Summer.
Kelly Macdonald and director Marc Turtletaub are expected to attend the Festival.
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.”
Director Marc Turtletaub added "It's a great honour to be invited to have Puzzle open Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018. This world class Festival has been a personal favourite for a long time - and being able to showcase Kelly’s performance here makes it even more rewarding.”
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.
The 72nd edition of EIFF runs from 20 June - 1 July, 2018. For more information on this year’s Festival visit EIFF.
PUZZLE OPENS THE 72ND EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ON JUNE 20
About Edinburgh International Film Festival
Established in 1947, Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned around the world for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history. Notable films premiered in recent years have included: GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, AMY, INSIDE OUT, 45 YEARS, A MOST WANTED MAN, COLD IN JULY, THE IMPOSTER, BRAVE, TABU, THE HURT LOCKER, MOON, FISH TANK, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, MAN ON WIRE, CONTROL, KNOCKED UP, RATATOUILLE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and BILLY ELLIOT.
EIFF is supported by Creative Scotland, the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), the Scottish Government through the Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, and EventScotland.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival Limited is a company registered in Scotland No: SC132453. It is a subsidiary of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) which is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status with Scottish Charity No. SC006793. The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) was established in 2010 with a mission to be at the forefront of the development of a vibrant and successful film and moving image industry and culture across Scotland and beyond. The CMI currently comprises EIFF, Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.