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Edinburgh International Film Festival opens with 10 Irish films screening
16 Jun 2016 : Seán Brosnan
The 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival opens this week with 10 Irish films screening, including nine funded by the IFB.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place this year June 15th - 26th. Established in 1947, it is the world's oldest continually running film festival.

New Irish documentaries ‘Lost in France’ and ‘Mom and Me’ will screen at the festival, along with Irish co-productions ‘Moon Dogs’, ‘History's Future’, ‘The Last King’ and ‘Tiger Raid’. Irish features My Name is Emily, Viva and Mammal will also screen, as well as Northern Irish film ‘A Patch of Fog’.

The world premiere will take place today (June 16th) in Edinburgh of ‘Lost in France’, a music documentary by Niall McCann which charts the story of the creative hotbed that is the Glasgow indie movie scene. Produced by Still Films, ‘Lost in France’ features artists such as Mogwai, Arab Strap and The Twilight Sad. There will also be a special live gig and screening event as part of Sound and Vision, a two day festival celebrating film and music.

Following its world premiere at Telluride Film Festival last year, Irish documentary ‘Mom and Me’ by Ken Wardrop (His & Hers) will also screen at Edinburgh. A story based in Oklahoma, ‘Mom and Me’ is a creative documentary that delicately challenges the familiar love story shared between a son and his mother and in April of this year it won the IFTA Award for Best Feature Documentary.

A number of Irish co-productions have been selected in this year’s programme. ‘Moon Dogs’, which stars Irish actress Tara Lee and was produced by Ripple World Pictures will screen at the festival along with ‘History’s Future’ which premiered at Rotterdam and ‘The Last King’, produced by Lesley McKimm and Jackie Larkin for Newgrange Pictures. ‘History’s Future’ stars Irish actors Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul) and Brían Gleeson (‘The Stag’). Following its premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, ‘Tiger Raid’ which stars Brían Gleeson and Damien Moloney will have another outing at Edinburgh.

Other Irish titles in this year’s programme include Simon Fitzmaurice’s ‘My Name is Emily’, Paddy Breathnach’s ‘Viva’ and Rebecca Daly’s ‘Mammal’ as well as the Northern Irish film ‘A Patch of Fog’ from Oscar nominated director Michael Lennox (‘Boogaloo and Graham’).

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