Edinburgh film festival shouts 'Away We Go'

Scottish shindig to open with Sam Mendes flick

LONDON -- Sam Mendes' "Away We Go" has been tapped to open this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Based on the original screenplay by Dave Eggers ("Where the Wild Things Are") and Vendela Vida, the picture will kick-start the Scottish festival June 17, organizers said Tuesday.

The movie follows the journey of an expectant couple as they travel across contemporary America in search of the perfect place to put down roots and raise their family.

John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph star in the film alongside Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Allison Janney.

EIFF artistic director Hannah McGill said the film "marks a distinct change of pace for one of Britain's most celebrated contemporary directors, Sam Mendes."

McGill said she is looking forward to opening the festival with a title she described as "funny, positive and smart."

Mendes said the last time he was in Edinburgh was for the Fringe in 1987, where his show played in a venue where the cast outnumbered the audience. "So I'm really looking forward to returning," he said, "hopefully to a full house."

Backed by Focus Features, "Away We Go" is an Edward Saxon/Big Beach production in association with Neal Street Prods. It will be rolled out in the U.K. by E1 Entertainment in September.

This year marks the EIFF's second June edition, following last year's decision to switch from its traditional August slot.

This year's festival runs June 17-28.
comments powered by Disqus