Strong U.S. presence at Edinburgh fest

30 U.S. films to unspool at June 18-29 event

LONDON -- There will be a strong U.S. presence at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival lineup, with 30 titles from across the pond due to unspool during the event.

Highlights from the U.S. traveling to the Scottish capital include the animation "Wall-E" from Pixar and Disney, which will have a gala screening.

There also are several U.S.-birthed documentaries to look forward to, including Margaret Brown's "The Order of Myths," Steven Sebring's "Patti Smith: Dream of Life" and "Standard Operating Procedure" from Errol Morris.

This year's festival opens with the world premiere of John Maybury's "The Edge of Love" and will close with another world first, Vito Rocco's "Faintheart."

Rocco's movie stars Eddie Marsan, Jessica Hynes and Ewan Bremner and is billed as a comedic romp revolving around battle re-enactment hobbyists.

Artistic director Hannah McGill said this year's festival, which runs June 18-29, will host 15 world bows and plans to showcase 142 features from 29 countries.

Other gala screenings include the world bow for Mark Doherty's "A Film With Me In It," while Duane Hopkins' "Better Things," Brad Anderson's "Transsiberian" and Isabel Coixet's "Elegy" will receive the gala treatment.

McGill said the lineup is "the happy result of a very enthusiastic response from distributors and filmmakers."
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