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Date of UK premiere of The Outrun revealed

Saoirse Ronan stars as Rona in the adaptation of Amy Liptrot’s memoir, The Outrun.

The film adaptation of Amy Liptrot’s best-selling memoir, The Outrun, will open the 77th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

It will be the UK premiere of the Orkney-set drama, which stars Saoirse Ronan as a young woman who finds herself washed up back home in Orkney as she battles to rebuild her life after a decade of addiction.

The film had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and will be released in the UK and Ireland on September 27.

The festival will run from August 15-21 at various venues in Edinburgh.

EIFF director, Paul Ridd has said: “The Outrun is a truly special film. Powered by an electric and fearless central performance by Saoirse Ronan, this is lyrical, momentous cinema of real rigour and intelligence, and exactly the kind of bold work we want to champion with our relaunched festival.”

Isabel Davis, executive director of Screen Scotland has said: “It’s great to see Paul set out his ambition for the relaunched EIFF with such a significant title for Scotland. Orkney’s primal beauty and unique natural landscape is at the heart of things, not only as the setting but as the source of redemption, courage and healing.”