Edinburgh fest to host 23 world premieres

11:25 AM PST 05/06/2009 by Stuart Kemp, AP

Including Sam Mendes' 'Away We Go,' Max Meyer's 'Adam'

LONDON -- This year's Edinburgh International Film Festival will be book-ended by the international premiere of Sam Mendes' "Away We Go" and close with the world debut of Max Meyer's "Adam," organizers said Wednesday.

Festival officials said the Scottish capital-set movie shindig will play host to 23 world premieres including Meyer's film.

The festival, which runs June 17 through 28, will also introduce a competition strand for international best features.

Movies competing include Jonathan Auf Der Heide’s "Van Diemen’s Land," Noah Buschel’s "The Missing Person" and Sarah Watt’s "My Year Without Sex."

A British gala section including Duncan Ward’s "Boogie Woogie," Brian Percival’s "A Boy Called Dad," "Fish Tank" by Andrea Arnold and Duncan Jones’ "Moon" will compete for the U.K. Film Council-backed Michael Powell Award for best British feature.

The documentary section includes world premieres of "Isolation" by Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull and "No Great Love" by Michael Whyte.

Masterclass events will feature appearances from Darren Aronofsky, Brenda Blethyn, Bill Forsyth and Joe Dante.
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