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New sci-fi drama by Colin Farrell to close the Edinburgh International Film Festival

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A new sci-fi film starring Irish star Colin Farrell is the first major premiere to be announced for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, organizers have announced.

After Yang, which follows a family’s attempts to fix a malfunctioning robotic child, will close the 75th anniversary edition of the event in August.

South Korean-born filmmaker Kogonada, who also wrote the screenplay, has adapted a short story by American writer Alexander Weinstein into his latest feature film.

Best known for 2017, Kogonada’s latest work has already garnered critical acclaim having been screened at the Cannes and Sundance festivals, winning one of the main awards at the latter.

In the future, After Yang stars as Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith play a couple who use a robot to raise their adopted daughter.

Farrell’s character Jake embarks on a mission to fix Yang, played by Justin H. Min, but finds himself reunited with his wife Kyra (Jodie Turner-Smith) and daughter Mika (Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja).

The Edinburgh closing gala was announced ahead of the official start of the EIFF program early next month

This year’s event is the first with Kristy Matheson, the festival’s creative director, at the helm.

She said: “As a huge fan of Kogonada’s previous film ‘Columbus’ I couldn’t be happier to close the Edinburgh International Film Festival with the director’s latest offering.

“After Yang is an exquisite gem of a film that boasts

stunning performances from some of Ireland’s and Britain’s finest acting talent.

“I’m sure audiences will share my enthusiasm for this thought-provoking and deeply moving film.”

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