Latest In Alien Franchise to Premiere at EIFF

Submitted by edg on Wed, 3 Jul '24 8.06am
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The latest edition in the long-running sci-fi, horror movie franchise, Alien, will have its UK Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this August. 

In Alien: Romulus, writer-director Fede Alvarez picks up the story of the face-sucking, stomach-ripping creature memorably introduced by director Ridley Scott back in 1979. Scott was producer on Alien: Romulus

The story follows a group of young space colonisers who, while scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station, come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe.

The film will open the Festival’s new Midnight Madness strand. 

EIFF Director, Paul Ridd has said: "Fede Alvarez brings a sense of tradition and legacy, as well as gory originality and swagger to the table, and we can think of no better way to open our Midnight Madness programme than with this showstopping new film. Plus knowing that Ridley Scott’s seminal original Alien also played a midnight UK premiere at the Festival back in 1979 is the icing on a spectacular, albeit very gnarly, cake. Bring it on."

Sing Sing

Also, the EIFF recently announced that it will host the European premiere of Black Bear’s prison drama Sing Sing, about a group of inmates in the infamous maximum security correctional facility who find a collective purpose through a drama group.

The Sing Sing screening is part of a Special Partnership between EIFF and We Are Parable.  Directed by Greg Kwedar, the film is based on a true story. It stars Academy Award nominee Colman Domingo and includes an ensemble cast of formerly incarcerated actors.

The EIFF programme launches on Wednesday 10 July at 5pm, with tickets on sale at 12 noon on Thursday 11 July.