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Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces Midnight Madness Strand ‘IN A VIOLENT NATURE’ Preview

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has announced a special pre-festival midnight screening of Chris Nash‘s (ABCs of Death 2) sui generis arthouse slasher, In A Violent Nature. The screening follows the EIFF programme which will launch this coming Wednesdaym 10 July at 5pm, with tickets going on sale at 12 noon on Thursday 11 July.

Nash’s ingeniously immersive, shrewdly savage shockathon (our full review here) mashes together the poise of Gus Van Sant with the carnage of Jason Vorhees to provide a brutally direct story from the killer’s POV.

The special preview screening of In A Violent Nature will take place at this year’s cinema hub, the Cameo Cinema on Home Street. The Cameo Cinema is one of the original venues for EIFF and has been home to some of its most iconic moments. This preview will give audiences a taste of EIFF’s brand new Midnight Madness programming strand, which will run throughout the festival in August. Tickets for the screening are currently available for purchase through the Cameo Cinema website.

The film received its world premiere Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will release in the UK and Ireland on Friday 12 July through Altitude.

EIFF has recently announced that the opening night film of its 2024 festival will be Nora Fingscheidt‘s (System Crasher) adaptation of Amy Liptrot’s best-selling memoir, The Outrun, starring Saoirse Ronan (Ladybird, Brooklyn). Alongside this, EIFF has announced the name of its short film competition as The Thelma Schoonmaker Prize for Short Filmmaking Excellence. Thelma Schoonmaker is celebrated for her iconic work as an editor on landmark moments in cinema history, collaborating on such films as Killers of the Flower Moon and Goodfellas.

The 77th annual Festival celebrates the event’s storied history, spotlighting exceptional filmmaking talent within a uniquely Scottish context, while also embracing the global diversity of creative expression. The Film Festival encourages general audiences, film fans and industry professionals to make the trip this summer to Edinburgh, which is universally recognised as a place of beauty, history, discovery and adventure.

Commenting on the new strand, EIFF Director, Paul Ridd said: ‘The team is so thrilled to be launching Midnight Madness this year as part of the fabric of our new EIFF. Each night of the Festival we’ll be launching top notch horror films, action films and comedies from all over the world late into the night, and we can’t wait to announce the line up. In the meantime, this taster of the experience at the Cameo will be a total trip. In A Violent Nature is one of the most exciting and original new horror films of the year, and a total joy to experience its gory brilliance with an audience. Bring it on.’

The 77th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will run from August 15-21, 2024, showcasing its world-class cinema programme at various unique Edinburgh venues, including Summerhall and the historic Cameo cinema. This will allow audiences to effortlessly experience the best of the Fringe Festival alongside EIFF’s acclaimed film offerings. Submissions to EIFF have now closed with more information being found at www.edfilmfest.org.

Helmed by Festival Director Paul Ridd and Festival Producer Emma Boa, the team aims to create a world-class showcase for independent film and filmmaking talent. Former Acquisitions Executive Ridd is supported by an expanding Board, including Chair Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films, producer of the iconic Edinburgh-based film Trainspotting; Peter Rice, former Chairman of General Entertainment at Disney and President of 21st Century Fox; and Amy Jackson, producer of last year’s BAFTA award-winning indie, Aftersun. EIFF 2024 is supported by Screen Scotland. The EIFF programme launches on Wednesday 10 July at 5pm, with tickets on sale at 12noon on Thursday 11 July.

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