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Island film Iona to close Edinburgh International Film Festival

Ruth Negga as Iona Image copyright Organic Publicity
Image caption Ruth Negga as Iona

A drama featuring the island of Iona will close this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it will receive its world premiere.

The film, Iona, is set on the Hebridean island and the title character returns home with her son to seek refuge from a violent crime in Glasgow.

It stars Douglas Henshall and Ruth Negga and is directed by Scott Graham.

The film is to premiere at the EIFF - in its 69th year - on 28 June at the Festival Theatre.

'Striking talent'

Mr Graham said: "Edinburgh was my home all through my 20s and it was in venues like the 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 close the festival. What an honour."

Mark Adams, EIFF artistic director, said: "We are thrilled to be closing this year's festival with Scott Graham's lovely, moving and enthralling Iona.

"He is a striking cinematic talent and the film will wrap this year's festival in the perfect way."

Last week, it was announced that actor Robert Carlyle's directorial debut will be the opening film.

The Legend Of Barney Thomson, in which Carlyle also stars, will be screened at the Festival Theatre on 17 June, kicking off the 12-day event.

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