Edinburgh International Film Festival announce The Substance to close Midnight Madness strand

The eagerly awaited body horror starring Demi Moore will be the EIFF Midnight Madness Closing Night film on August 20

The relaunched Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has  announced that Coralie Fargeat’s thrilling body horror The Substance will be the Closing Night film of the Festival’s brand new Midnight Madness strand. The full EIFF programme will launch on Wednesday 10 July at 5pm, with tickets going on sale on Thursday 11 July at 12 noon.

Fresh from making waves at the Cannes Film Festival, Coralie Fargeat’s The Substance stars Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley and Dennis Quaid in a spine-tingling body horror that doubles as a ruthless satire on female body standards and the toxic beauty myth. It is by turns brilliant, shocking and savagely entertaining .

The UK premiere of The Substance will screen at EIFF on August 20, with further theatrical release details to be announced by MUBI soon.

The EIFF’s brand new Midnight Madness strand will run throughout the Festival in August. EIFF recently announced a special Midnight Madness preview screening of Chris Nash’s audacious arthouse slasher, In A Violent Nature , on Thursday 11 July at the Cameo Cinema.

EIFF has recently announced that its Opening Night film will be Nora Fingscheidt's (System Crasher) adaptation of Amy Liptrot’s best-selling memoir, The Outrun, starring Saoirse Ronan (Ladybird, Brooklyn). Alongside this, EIFF has announced the name of its short film competition as The Thelma Schoonmaker Prize for Short Filmmaking Excellence . Thelma Schoonmaker is celebrated for her iconic work as an editor on landmark moments in cinema history, collaborating on such films as Killers of the Flower Moon and Goodfellas.

This year’s 77th edition of the Festival honours the film festival’s history, showcasing the very best talent in filmmaking in a format rooted in a local Scottish context whilst embracing the international diversity of creative expression. The Film Festival encourages general audiences, film fans and industry professionals to make the trip this summer to Edinburgh.

EIFF Director, Paul Riddhas said: ‘ Having experienced the legendary Midnight Madness premiere of Coralie Fargeat’s ferocious debut Revenge at Toronto a few years back, I am truly honoured that our first ever Midnight Madness strand at EIFF will close out with her wildly entertaining second film The Substance. Hard to describe this masterpiece, but if we said that it somehow fuses David Cronenberg, Brian Yuzna and Sunset Boulevard into a completely unique, sensory attack on hypocrisy and sexism, then that would only go half-way to describing the wild thrills that await the willing and the eager. Bring it on.’

From August 15 to August 21 2024, the 77th edition of EIFF will take place at unique venues in Edinburgh, including Summerhall and the historic Cameo cinema, allowing audiences to seamlessly experience the best of the Fringe along with the world-class programme of cinema at EIFF. Submissions to EIFF have now closed with more information being found at www.edfilmfest.org.