At a press conference at Filmhouse in Edinburgh this morning, Edinburgh International Film Festival Artistic Director Hannah McGill announced the full schedule the 64th edition of the fest, which runs June 16-27. 2010. Overall, the festival will screen 133 features from 34 countries, including 22 World premieres, 12 International premieres, 9 European premieres and 63 UK premieres. Among the World premieres is the Closing Night Gala “Third Star,” a British “tragi-comic buddy film” by newcomer Hattie Dalton, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Burke, JJ Feild and Adam Robertson. The EIFF previously announced its Opening Gala, Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist.”
Other highlights include: Ryan Piers Williams’ “The Dry Land,” Werner Herzog’s “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?,” Floria Sigismondi’s “The Runaways” and Chris D’Arienzo’s “Barry Munday” in the Gala section; Rafi Pitts’ “The Hunter,” Koji Wakamatsu’s “Caterpiller” and “The Secret In Their Eyes” by Juan Jose Campanella in the Directors’ Showcase, with “And Eveything Is Going Fine” by Steven Soderbergh in the Document section.
“We’re tremendously excited about the programme this year and especially about how many of our titles are brand new to the world festival circuit and the international industry,” EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill commented. “We’re looking forward to welcoming an amazing array of guests, and to celebrating EIFF’s 64th year by spreading our excitement about current and classic cinema to our loyal attenders and to new audiences alike.”
British Galas competing for the UK Film Council-sponsored Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature include seven World premieres: Paul Andrew Williams’ “Cherry Tree Lane,” “Huge,” by Ben Miller; Edward Mchenry & Rory Mchenry’s “Jackboots On Whitehall,” Nick Moran’s “The Kid,” Viv Fongenie’s “Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World,” “Pelican Blood,” by Karl Golden; and “Soulboy,” by Shimmy Marcus. British Galas also compete For the PPG Award For Best Performance In a British Feature Film, which also includes: Ashley Horner’s “Brilliantlove,” “Mr Nice” by Bernard Rose, and Nick Whitfield’s “Skeletons.”
Galas will also include: Aaron Schneider’s “Get Low,” Benoit Petre’s “Thelma, Louise and Chantal,” Bobcat Goldthwait’s “World’s Greatest Dad,” “The Extra Man,” by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini; “The Good Heart,” by Dagur Kari; Bart Freundlich’s “The Rebound,” Pascal Chaumeil’s “Heartbreaker” and previously announced “Toy Story 3,” by Lee Unkrich. All films in the Gala and British Gala sections, as well as the Opening and Closing Galas, are eligible for the Standard Life Audience Award.
Col Spector’s “Honeymooner,” Josh Hyde’s “Postales,” Morag McKinnon’s “Donkeys” and Nelofar Pazira’s “Act of Dishonour” are the four World premieres in Rosebud, the showcase of films by first and second time directors which embody the EIFF’s spirit of discovery. “Obselidia,” by Diane Bell, Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone,” Patrick Hughes’ “Red Hill” and “Frontier Blues” by Babk Jalali are also among the thirty-eight Rosebud titles. All Rosebud films are eligible for the New Directors Award.
This year’s Document section – showcasing documentaries – presents the World premieres of “Superhero Me” by Steve Sale, “Out of the Ashes” by Lucy Martens, Timothy Albone and Leslie Knott; and Jason Massot’s “Road To Las Vegas,” and “Girl With Black Balloons” by Corinne van der Borch. Nicolas Philibert returns to the EIFF with “Nenette,” and also returning is Laura Poitras with “The Oath.” Other documentaries in the section include Mark Landsman’s “Thunder Soul,” “The People Vs. George Lucas,” by Alexandre O Philippe and Jeffrey Blitz’s “Lucky.”
Cult late-night sections, Night Moves and Under the Radar boast a collective six World premieres including Miles Watt’s “Crimefighters” and Wayne Thallon’s “A Spanking In Paradise” both from the UK, and “The Last Rites of Ransom Pride” by Tiller Russell. Other titles include “Monsters” by Gareth Edwards, Colm McCarthy’s “Outcast” and John Michael McCarthy’s “Cigarette Girl.”
Special Screenings and Festival Events throughout the EIFF also include the premiere of the first audio horror film “HP Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror” by Colin Edwards. EIFF Patron Tilda Swinton and filmmaker Mark Cousins also announce their new initiative “8 1/2