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San Sebastian unveils New Directors titles

28 July 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 13 films competing for a $55,000 prize include Scott Graham’s Iona and Hans Christian Berger’s After Eden.Scroll down for full line-up

The San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) has revealed the 13 films competing for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, which includes a prize of $55,000 (€50,000).

The New Directors section, comprising first or second works by international filmmakers, includes Iona, Scott Graham’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Shell, which world premiered at San Sebastian in 2012.

Iona stars Ruth Negga as the title character who takes her teenage son to the island where she was born so they can hide from a violent crime.

New Directors line-up

Synopses provided by the festival

After Eden

Hans Christian Berger (Canada)

A tale of love and temptation in the age of Internet pornography. A reclusive university student tracks down his favourite porn star in the real world and becomes her anonymous follower - until he finds the courage to connect in person »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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San Sebastian: ‘Sex Life,’ ‘New Kid,’ ‘Thirst’ Set for New Directors

28 July 2015 5:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Taull, Spain – Svetla Tsotsorkova buzzed-up “Thirst” (above),  Rudi Rosenberg’s “The New Kid” and Sebastian Brahm’s “Sex Life of Plants” will compete in the San Sebastian’s New Directors competition whose 2015 lineup was announced Tuesday.

Also featuring Edinburgh Fest closer, Scot Scott Graham’s “Iona,” and “Parasol,” from Belgium’s Valery Rosier, titles are diverse. Beyond these five film, however, near half the New Directors lineup – and near all drawn from the developed world – turn on the rebellion of a disaffected youth, their alienation and a generational disconnect as young directors home in on a seemingly widespread young generation malaise.

Reserved for first and second features, San Sebastian’s New Directors competition carries a €50,000 ($55,000) Kutxa New Directors Prize. A prize, or positive play at New Directors, can amp up sales business: Following on its Toronto world premiere, 2014’s San Sebastian New Directors winner, “The Lesson,” helmed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, »

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Edinburgh 2015: 'Iona' review

30 June 2015 12:47 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆

This year's Edinburgh International Film Festival drew to a close with Iona (2015), Scott Graham's follow-up to his much praised debut feature Shell (2012). Set against the beautiful, isolated terrain of the titular Scottish island, Iona retains much of the previous film's affinity for avocative cinematography and the hidden, often unarticulated troubles lurking within, even if its narrative doesn't prove to be quite as interesting. After a brutal crime, Iona (Ruth Negga) escapes Glasgow with her teenage son Bull (Ben Gallagher) and seeks refuge on her namesake island, where she finds safety with Daniel (Douglas Henshaw).

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UK deal for Edinburgh-closer Iona

19 June 2015 4:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Verve picks up UK rights to Scott Graham’s Shell follow-up.

Verve Pictures has acquired UK rights to Scott Graham’s Shell follow-up Iona, which will get its world premiere as the closing night film of the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Iona follows a young woman and her teenage son who flee Glasgow seeking refuge from a violent crime.

Ruth Negga, Douglas Henshall, Michelle Duncan, Tom Brooke, Ben Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell star in the film which is a BFI and Creative Scotland presentation.

The Bard Entertainments production was made in association with Boudica Silver and co-produced with Hanfgarn & Ufer and Zdf in co-operation with Arte.

Colin Burch, managing director of Verve Pictures commented: “We are delighted to be releasing ‘Iona’ and to be working again with Scott Graham and Margaret Matheson. Iona is a wonderful film that fulfills the great promise shown in Shell”. »

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Edinburgh Film Festival to Close with ‘Iona,’ Starring ‘Agents of Shield’s’ Ruth Negg

11 May 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Graham’s drama “Iona,” which stars Ruth Negga from “Agents of Shield,” is set to close the Edinburgh Film Festival on June 28.

Shot completely on location in Scotland, the film follows Iona (Negga) as she returns to her hometown with her teenage son, Bull, to escape trouble in Glasgow. The pic also stars Douglas Henshall, Tom Brooke, Michelle DuncanBen Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell.

Graham, known for his first feature, “Shell,” expressed his excitement to bring his film to Edinburgh, a city and fest to which he maintains a personal connection.

“I discovered many films and filmmakers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival,” Graham said in a statement. “Edinburgh was my home all through my 20s, and it was in venues like Filmhouse and the Cameo where I learned the value of the stories we tell and the emotions we share. I’m thrilled ‘Iona’ will have its premiere »

- Marianne Zumberge

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'Iona' world premiere to close Edinburgh film festival

11 May 2015 3:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Scott Graham’s drama stars Ruth Negga of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) is to close with the world premiere of Scott Graham’s Iona on June 28 at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh. 

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, the film stars Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Douglas Henshall (Shetland), Tom Brooke (The Boat That Rocked) and Michelle Duncan (Atonement), with debuts by two Scottish actors, Ben Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell.

Iona is director Graham’s second film following his award winning Shell in 2012.

Graham said: ‘I discovered many films and filmmakers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh was my home all through my twenties and it was in venues like Filmhouse and the Cameo where I learned the value of the stories we tell and the emotions we share.

“I’m thrilled Iona will have its premiere here and doubly thrilled it will »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Iona to close Edinburgh Film Festival 2015 by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-05-11 10:49:46

11 May 2015 2:49 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A woman returns to the island that is her namesake with her teenage son in Iona - which will close Eiff 2015 Photo: Courtesy of Eiff Scott Graham’s Iona has been announced as the closing film of the 69th edition of Edinburgh Film Festival on Sunday June 28 at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, where it will receive its world premiere.

Shell director Graham's second feature is described as "part coming-of-age story and part returning-home drama", that tells the story of Iona - returning to the Island where she was born (and after which she was named) with her teenage son Bull to seek refuge from a violent crime in Glasgow. Iona's return exposes Bull to a way of life she rejected when she left the island as a teenager and sends a shockwave through her family.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, the film stars Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S. »

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Scott Graham’s ‘Iona’ To Close 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival

11 May 2015 2:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) is delighted to announce Scott Graham’s beautifully shot drama, Iona, will close the 69th edition of the Festival on Sunday 28 June at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh where it will receive its World Premiere.

Shot entirely on location in Scotland, the film stars Ruth Negga (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Douglas Henshall (Shetland), Tom Brooke (The Boat That Rocked) and Michelle Duncan (Atonement), with remarkable debuts by two young Scottish actors, Ben Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell. Iona is director Scott Graham’s second film following his award winning Shell in 2012.

Director Scott Graham said: ‘I discovered many films and filmmakers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Edinburgh was my home all through my twenties and it was in venues like Filmhouse and the Cameo where I learned the value of the stories we tell and the emotions we share. I »

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Scottish Film Talent initiatives unveiled

28 January 2015 9:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Major new initiatives for Scottish Film Talent announced; 14 projects selected for New Talent Shorts programme.

Scottish Film Talent Network (Sftn) has announced the launch of their First Feature Development and Emerging Talent Shorts initiatives, alongside the 14 filmmaker teams selected for the New Talent Shorts programme.

The Sftn initiative is worth £450,000 ($680,000) over the next 12 months in a bid to help find the next wave of Scotland’s international screen talent. The Sftn is part of the UK-wide BFI Net.Work talent development initiative.

The First Feature Development programme offers opportunities for emerging talent to develop their first feature project, with support covering many areas.

The Emerging Talent Shorts programme runs in conjunction with the First Feature Development programme and is aimed at filmmakers who are ready to make bigger budget shorts as a step towards realising their first feature.

Also announced today are the 14 successful filmmaking teams that have been shortlisted for the New Talent Shorts programme. Sftn welcomed »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Creative England backs Burn Burn Burn

28 January 2015 4:10 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: First image from road trip comedy starring Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie.

Regional body Creative England has backed upcoming indie feature Burn Burn Burn.

The road trip comedy is in post-production after a five-week shoot last autumn, with world sales handled by Paris-based sales agent Urban Distribution International (Udi). Udi will screen a teaser at the Efm in Berlin from next week. Urban Distribution will handle in France.

Creative England is supporting the film as part of its production funding programme. Richard Holmes, senior film executive at Creative England, said: “British independent film is the greatest place to nurture talent and we are convinced this team offers huge potential going forward.”

Burn Burn Burn is the feature debut of Chanya Button and is written by Charlie Covell, co-writer of new Channel 4 comedy Banana, Cucumber, Tofu. The new film is partly inspired by the pair’s own friendship.

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