Paul Mescal’s acclaimed film ‘Aftersun’ makes its Scotland debut

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Looks like Paul Mescal has another winner on his hands with “Aftersun,” his new movie slated for release later this year.

Paul, 26, born in Kildare, shot to fame a few years ago on the BBC-Hulu series ‘Normal People’, and his career moves since then have been slow and steady. He played a small but acclaimed role in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Oscar-nominated film.

‘The Lost Daughter’, and now he’s getting great reviews for ‘Aftersun’, which had its Scottish premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival last week.

The film is written and directed by Scotland’s Charlotte Wells and “reflects the shared joy and private melancholy of (a young girl’s) vacation taken with her father 20 years earlier. Real and imagined memories fill in the gaps as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn’t know,” says the film’s synopsis on IMDB. Paul plays the father, and when Aftersun made its world debut at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, critics were captivated.

During an interview with The Scotsman newspaper, Paul said he wanted to clarify the role right after reading the script.

“My agents sent me the script on a Friday, I read it several times over the weekend and was very keen to meet Charlie as soon as possible,” he says.

“I think it’s important if you’re really excited about something to let the filmmaker know you’re passionate about it. It’s one of the only powers you have as an actor. I just wanted to really being there. It was very clear to me that he was a beautiful character written with a lot of love.

Aftersun has a November 18 release date in the UK. It is also awaiting distribution in the United States, but so far nothing is set in stone.

Mescal said his trip to Edinburgh was his first time in the charming Scottish city.

“I don’t really know why I’ve never been to Edinburgh before. When I was at drama school (in Dublin) I was always threatening to come over and couch surf,” he told The Scotsman.

“I’m only here for a whirlwind visit, but I was able to walk around the city a bit. The atmosphere was just amazing and the fact that this is Charlie’s hometown makes it even more special.”

Check out this interview with Paul Mescal at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival:

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