Edinburgh Film Festival Lineup Includes Star Power, Wikileaks Movie
Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, with Harry Potter star Emma Watson, are among the new feature films that will screen at this summer's Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer, Steve Coogan and Martin Freeman are among the British film stars who will be seen in festival films.
Overall, the event will show 146 features from 53 countries, including 14 world premieres, six international premieres and 10 European premieres. Artistic director Chris Fujiwara unveiled the lineup for the 67th edition of the festival, which runs June 19-June 30, on Wednesday.
Also part of the lineup is For Those in Peril, the debut feature from Paul Wright, who will be among the British filmmakers competing for the Michael Powell Award.
A new “American Dreams” section of the program will bring audiences "the highlights from an exceptionally good year for American independent cinema," festival organizers said. Part of that lineup are Scott McGehee’s What Maisie Knew, Zal Batmanglij's The East, Sebastian Silva’s Magic Magic and Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s C.O.G., adapted from humorist David Sedaris’ autobiographical essay.
Plus, Korean and Swedish films will be showcased in two focus sections. Special screenings in Edinburgh this summer will include Jurassic Park 3D and the landmark Scottish film The Gorbals Story.
Said Fujiwara: “I’m very proud that in my second year at the festival we’ve again put together a program that reflects our festival’s commitment to international cinema, while giving our audiences opportunities to discover a broad range of outstanding work from British filmmakers."
He added: "Our “New Realities” strand reaffirms our festival’s continuing support for documentary filmmaking. And “Not Another Teen Movie” is a new section programmed by 15-19-year-olds for their peers. Altogether, our program is filled with films that I’m sure our audiences will find exciting and inspiring."
Among the other contenders are a Scottish tale of belonging and loss, Blackbird, by Jamie Chambers; black comedy Everyone's Going to Die by two-person collective Jones; Matt Hulse's Dummy Jim; Mister John by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy; and John Hardwick’s Svengali, based on a YouTube series.
The remaining contenders are: A Long Way From Home by Virginia Gilbert; The Sea by Stephen Brown, starring Charlotte Rampling; documentary Leviathan by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel; UWANTME2KILLHIM? by Andrew Douglas; We Are the Freaks by Justin Edgar; and Not Another Happy Ending, the festival’s closing gala film directed by John McKay.