5 June 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
After Yang starring Collin Farrell selected for Closing Night Gala at Edinburgh International Film Festival
21 Jun 2022 : Nathan Griffin
Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, and Justin H. Min in After Yang.
South Korean filmmaker Kogonada’s latest critically acclaimed feature film After Yang will close the 75th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Closing Gala screening, which takes place at Vue Edinburgh Omni on Saturday 20 August, is expected to have director Kogonada in attendance to present the film.

After Yang tells the story of a family who lose their A.I helper, and the profound feelings that the experience induces. When his young daughter's beloved companion — an android named Yang (Justin H. Min) — malfunctions, Jake (Colin Farrell) searches for a way to repair him. In the process, Jake discovers the life that has been passing in front of him, reconnecting with his wife (Jodie Turner-Smith) and daughter (Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja) across a distance he didn't know was there.

The film had its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021 where it was warmly received by international critics. After Yang then went on to win the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Directed and written by Kogonada, the film is based on the short story by Alexander Weinstein and produced by Theresa Park, Andrew Goldman, Caroline Kaplan, and Paul Mezey.

“I’m honoured and thrilled that our film has been picked to close the 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival,” said director Kogonada. “I hope my schedule allows me to attend in person so that I can present the film on the big screen to the engaged festival audience there.”

Kristy Matheson, Creative Director for EIFF added: “As a huge fan of Kogonada’s previous film ‘Columbus’ I could not be happier to be closing the Edinburgh International Film Festival with the director’s latest offering. ‘After Yang’ is an exquisite jewel of a film, boasting knockout performances from some of the finest acting talents from Ireland and the UK. I’m sure audiences will share my enthusiasm for this thought provoking and deeply moving film. Many thanks to Sky Cinema in making the film available to us.”

For its 2022 edition, EIFF’s programme will also include a Carte Blanche series from Kogonada, which will present a beautiful selection of films that offering audiences a special insight into some of the films that have inspired After Yang.

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.

A Sky Original, After Yang will be released in cinemas and on Sky Cinema from September 22nd.

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

Tickets for the Closing Night Gala of After Yang go on sale at 12pm BST on Tuesday 21 June at www.edfilmfest.org.uk.

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