Chomet's 'Illusionist' to open Edinburgh

Latest feature an animated fairy-tale depiction of Scotland

LONDON -- Sylvain Chomet's latest animated adventure, "The Illusionist" will open this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), organizers said Wednesday.

Chomet's film is a fairy-tale depiction of Scotland and is set against the backdrop of the Scottish capital, where Chomet currently lives and works.

EIFF artistic director Hannah McGill said: "This is a truly spellbinding work of art by a unique talent who we are delighted to welcome back to the Festival. We are looking forward to a terrific opening night that will draw the eyes of the world and showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for international cultural events."

Chomet is no stranger to the EIFF after bringing his 2003 animated feature "The Triplets of Belleville" to the event.

The festival opens June 16 with Chomet's picture and runs through June 27 2010. Chomet's film will be distributed in the U.K. by Warner Bros. Pictures U.K. on behalf of the French owned U.K.-based production backer Pathe.

Chomet said: "Things have come full circle for me. During my time living in Scotland I travelled widely around the country by boat and by train and drew inspiration from the breathtaking landscape."
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