Edinburgh Film Festival's free outdoor screenings return

The three-day mini-festival of outdoor screenings in Edinburgh will include some old faves like When Harry Met Sally and modern classics like Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Article by Jamie Dunn | 25 Apr 2019
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

For Scottish film fans, June means one thing: Edinburgh International Film Festival. And the main festival's annual alfresco warmup, Film Fest in the City, will also return to St Andrew Square this year, with another line-up of free screenings that straddle old favourites, cult classics and up-to-date releases.

In the mix is the delirious fun of the stylish and zesty Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the brilliant existential comedy Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray plays a misanthropic weatherman caught in a time loop. There's also a screening of the brilliant existential comedy Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray plays a misanthropic weatherman caught in a time loop.

Other films announced so far include classic romance When Harry met Sally, effervescent roller disco musical Xanadu, Scottish-set Pixar movie Brave and Brad Bird's endearing and enduring animation The Iron Giant. If you're really hardcore, meanwhile, there's a double-bill of Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again. If you must, there's also Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Poppins Returns and The Greatest Showman. On top of the free movies, expect pop-up bars from the likes of Edinburgh Gin, Innis & Gunn and Poco Prosecco.

“The annual outdoor screenings make for the perfect taster before the festival proper begins a few days later," says EIFF artistic director Mark Adams. "Watching a film outdoors is such a special experience and it is always gratifying to see film fans arriving at beautiful St Andrew Square Garden for this wonderful social event. We have a lovely blend of old and new, and some musical pleasures alongside animated classics.”

Film Fest in the City Line-up:

Friday 14 Jun
Groundhog Day (PG) – 4.30pm
When Harry Met Sally (15) (30th anniversary) – 6.30pm
Black Panther (12A) – 8.30pm

Saturday 15 Jun
The Iron Giant (PG) (20th anniversary) – 10am
First Men On The Moon (U) (55th anniversary) – 11.40am
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (PG) – 1.45pm
Mamma Mia! (PG) – 4pm
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG) – 6pm
Mission: Impossible Fallout (12) – 8.15pm

Sunday 16 Jun
Brave (PG) – 10.30am
Mary Poppins Returns (U) – 12.30pm
Xanadu (PG) – 2.55pm
Greatest Showman (PG) – 5pm
Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) – 7pm

The 73rd edition of EIFF runs from 19 Jun-30 Jun. For more information on this year’s Festival visit www.edfilmfest.org.uk