Edinburgh Fest to Bow ‘I Am Breathing’

Doc will air globally to raise awareness of motor neurone disease

LONDON – The Edinburgh Film Festival will kick off a worldwide screening day for documentary “I Am Breathing” as part of Global Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day on June 21.

The fest, in Scotland’s capital, will host the U.K. preem on June 20, the first confirmed screening of its 2013 program. The global screening event takes place the following day in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and the Balkans.

“We’re proud to host the premiere of this shattering film,” said Chris Fujiwara, Edinburgh’s artistic director. “ ‘I Am Breathing’ is a documentary that says a great deal, with great eloquence and heart, about the ability of humanity to sustain and express itself under the most terrible limitations.”

“I Am Breathing” follows 33-year-old Neil Platt, who collaborated with helmers Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon to share his experience of the debilitating disease in his last few months.

The doc is co-produced by Scottish Documentary Institute Prods. and Danish Documentary with funding from Creative Scotland, the Danish Film Institute, Wellcome Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Assn. and the former U.K. Film Council.

Popular on Variety

“We love exploring new partnerships with festivals, organizations, venues and audiences,” said producer Sonja Henrici. “MNDA has believed in our film from the start, and through them we initiated the global screening day to coincide with the MND/ALS Global Awareness Day. We are excited that Edinburgh will be the hub of our global screening day. These collaborations are essential for experimenting with such a multi-platform release.”

The 67th Edinburgh Film Festival runs June 19-30.

More Film

  • Charlize Theron Jay Roach Bombshell BTS

    How Charlize Theron Helped Save Her 'Bombshell' Production

    Exactly two weeks before “Bombshell” was set to begin shooting, Annapurna backed out of the $35 million production. Producer Charlize Theron, who also stars in the film, was on a location scout with production department heads when she heard the bad news. “We had [cast] Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie — two of the busiest [...]

  • Wasp Network

    Netflix Scoops Olivier Assayas's 'Wasp Network' With Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez (EXCLUSIVE)

    Netflix has acquired U.S. rights and several other territories for Olivier Assayas’ “Wasp Network,” the Cuban spy thriller headlined by Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez which world premiered at Venice last year, Variety has learned. The streaming giant is believed to have bought international rights to the film outside of China, Eastern Europe, Greece, Portugal, [...]

  • Octavia Spencer PGA Visionary Award

    Octavia Spencer Faced a Hard Fight to Gain Traction in Hollywood

    Octavia Spencer never believed she would be in front of the camera. Instead, she always saw herself as a producer. Her award-winning performances in movies such as “The Help,” “Hidden Figures” and “The Shape of Water” helped Spencer, recipient of the Visionary Award at the PGA Awards this year, to do both. But getting traction [...]

  • Jeremy Kleiner Dede Gardner Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt's Production Banner Plan B Relies on Creative Diversity

    “For a long time people tried to figure out ‘What is Plan B?’” says Plan B principal Dede Gardner, who along with fellow executives Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt will receive the David O. Selznick Award at the 31st annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 18. “I remember Brad came to us the year that [...]

  • Allison Janney and Viola Davis appear

    Film Review: 'Troop Zero'

    You’ve probably seen a version of “Troop Zero” before. Whether that version was called “Troop Beverly Hills,” “The Mighty Ducks,” or an edited-for-TV showing of “The Bad News Bears,” it’s unlikely that anything here will be particularly fresh to anyone but the youngest of viewers. But novelty does not appear to have been high on [...]

  • Cast of 'Black Panther'25th Annual Screen

    Peers Honoring Peers: What Makes SAG Awards Special

    The 26th annual SAG Awards will be held Jan. 19 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and broadcast live on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. EST. The SAG Awards are different from typical awards ceremonies for a number of reasons — beginning with length. The show, which comes in at two hours, [...]

  • Ted Sarandos Milestone Award PGA

    Netflix Leader Ted Sarandos Plans Broader Creative Push for the Future

    Ted Sarandos, who has helped to upend the way audiences receive and consume entertainment as Netflix’s chief content officer, will be honored with the Milestone Award at the 31st annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 18. Game-changers including Steven Spielberg, Sherry Lansing, Robert Iger, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ron Meyer have previously received the recognition, and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content