Iona announced as closing film for Edinburgh Film Festival

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

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), and features debuts from two young Scottish actors, Ben Gallagher and Sorcha Groundsell.

Graham is no stranger to the red carpet – his first feature film Shell won three awards at the BFI London Film Festival in 2012 and was nominated for outstanding British debut by a writer, director or producer at the 67th Baftas.

Iona is a coming of age story about a young woman who returns to a religious community on the island she grew up on, so that both she and her son can seek refuge from the violence and crime of Glasgow.

Iona’s return shows her troubled son Bull a way of life she turned her back on when she left the island as a teenager, sending a shock wave through the family she had left behind.

Mark Adams, artistic director of EIFF 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.”

The film, which is is co-financed by the BFI and Creative Scotland, is set to be released in cinemas at the end of the year.