23 World Premieres in Edinburgh line-up
by Naman Ramachandran
The 63rd edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival boasts of 135 features from 33 countries, including 23 World Premieres, with British director Sam Mendes’ Away We Go [+see also:
film profile] opening the festival on June 17 and Max Meyer’s Adam the closing gala on June 28.
As always the British contenders for the prestigious Michael Powell Award will be keenly followed. This year’s candidates include Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank [+see also:
interview: Andrea Arnold
film profile], Duncan Ward’s Boogie Woogie, Avie Luthra’s Mad, Sad and Bad, Duncan Jones’ Moon, Jan Dunn’s The Calling, Lindy Heymann’s Kicks, Justin Molotnikov’s Crying With Laughter, Julian Kemp’s My Last Five Girlfriends, Dale Corlett’s Running in Traffic and Alex Dos Santos’ Unmade Beds [+see also:
Acclaimed British director Shane Meadow’s latest work Le Donk will receive a World Premiere, while David Mackenzie’s Spread will also be a featured attraction.
The festival’s In Person interview series feature several home-grown talents, including Mendes, Scottish legend Bill Forsyth and actresses Meera Syal and Brenda Blethyn. Seamus McGarvey, who interviewed fellow cinematographer Roger Deakins on stage last year, will join Sean Connery, Tilda Swinton and Robert Carlyle as a Festival Patron.
He said, “It is a film festival particularly close to my heart and it has played a significant part in my professional life as well. I am really looking forward to continuing my conversations with cinematographers especially as this year I will be talking to Anthony Dod Mantle, one of the most inventive filmmakers in the world.”
The popular Night Moves strand features World Premieres for cult director Dario Argento’s Giallo, and for Stuart Hazeldine’s Exam and Laurence Gough’s Salvage, both from the UK.
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