Festival Theatre to host star-studded Macbeth premiere

The Edinburgh International Film Festival may be over for another year but the city is set to host yet another star-studded premiere this weekend.

The Festival Theatre will host the UK premiere of big-screen blockbuster Macbeth on Sunday, with Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard and Academy Award nominee Michael Fassbender both scheduled to attend. The stars will walk the red carpet before the film is screened to an audience of around 1,900 people, ahead of its release on October, 2.  Director Justin Kurzel, David Thewlis and Paddy Considine are also expected to be there.

Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth in director Justin Kurzel's Macbeth
Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth in director Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth

The film, which was shot on the Isle of Skye last year, is Kurzel’s interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most tragic plays. It features dramatic scenery from Scotland, including scenes shot at The Old Man of Storr at Trotternish and the Quiraing Mountains.

Billed as “a story of a man damaged by war trying to rebuild his relationship with his beloved wife as they grapple with the forces of ambition and desire”, it is widely considered to be one of this year’s most eagerly-anticipated cinema releases. After being shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May, it has been tipped for success at The Oscars.

Fassbender, who portrays Macbeth in the film, is famous for appearing in a vast range of Hollywood hits including 12 Years A Slave and Inglorious Basterds. Cotillard, who has been cast as Lady Macbeth, is best-known for her performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose but has also starred in A Very Long Engagement, Midnight In Paris, The Immigrant and Inception.

The event comes just months after Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut, The Legend of Barney Thomson, had its world premiere at the same city centre venue. The theatre was also chosen to host the European premiere of Walt Disney’s animated hit Brave in 2012.

Words: Amy Anderson