Our Head of Programming Rod White selects his top picks and things he's looking forward to at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019.

Never Look Away

Florian Henckel von Donnersmark’s epic history of the life of a young artist in Nazi, East and West Germany is so sprawling, it has no right being as good as it is.

Man stands infront of two paintings on fire in Never Look Away


Shot on a on old 16mm Bolex camera, in black-and-white and with post-synced sound, Mark Jenkin's tale of [coastal] village gentrification is a fascinating, atmospheric gem.

Man wields fish in Bait

The Dead Don't Die

I defy anyone not to have fun with small town cops Bill Murray and Adam Driver and a cast of a thousand zombies - including Iggy Pop! Tilda Swinton also makes an appearance as a strange out-of-towner!

Tilda Swinton wields a sword in The Dead Don't Die


If you liked The Lunchbox, you’ll love this tale of two souls from different sides of the class and religious divide, negotiating bittersweet romance in the streets of contemporary Mumbai.

Man and woman sit on bench in Photograph

Marianne and Leonard

The fascinating tale of the love affair between Leonard Cohen and his most famous muse, Marianne Ihlen, of So Long, Marianne fame.

Woman and man walk past photographers in Marianne and Leonard

Memory: Origins of Alien

We’ve always known Ridley Scott’s Alien looked great, but here’s the fascinating story behind the art of the film, and the individuals who came together to make it.

Three actors dressed as creatures in the film Alien

Looking forward to seeing:

Boyz in the Wood

The director of this was, as a teenager, enrolled in the first year of SKAMM (Scottish Kids Are Making Movies), a filmmaking training initiative set up by Filmhouse in the 1990s. Can’t wait to see what coming full circle actually looks like! 

Four boys look to camera in Boyz in the Wood

The Red Phallus

Our Education Officer heartily recommended me this and I’ve chosen to believe her…

Figures stand in landscape in The Red Phallus

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

What serious film-goer would not want to watch this…?


Woman sits at table in What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael


Any film with Beatles’ songs as a backdrop is going to be OK by me! Why, I even loved ACROSS THE UNIVERSE!

Man sings into microphone in Yesterday


The full programme for the 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 19-30 Jun 2019 - see what's on here.