Edinburgh Film Festival to Include David Hare's 'Page Eight'

The cast includes Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes.

LONDON – Writer David Hare’s return to the director’s chair, Page Eight, will make its world premiere bow at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Hare’s movie, billed as a thriller, stars Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes and Judy Davis and marks his return to directing 20 years after his first effort.

Hare described the Edinburgh event as “Britain’s most interesting and influential film festival” and said he thinks his movie is “the first British film on how intelligence operations have had to adapt to the new century.”

Organizers also said Scottish director David Mackenzie will also support the U.K. premiere of his new sci-fi thriller Perfect Sense, which stars Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner, by bringing it to the festival.

The festival is planning a formal launch of its program in the coming weeks but released details of a handful of titles to trumpet its ambition to showcase the best new British films and support U.K. filmmaking talent.

Other titles unveiled for this year’s Scottish capital-set shindig include Albatross, a coming-of-age drama directed by Niall MacCormick and starring Jessica Brown-Findlay, Sebastian Koch, Julia Ormond and Felicity Jones and Angel’s Crest, a British-Canadian small town drama directed by British-born Gaby Dellal.

Dellal’s film is based on a book by Leslie Schwartz and stars Jeremy Piven, Elizabeth McGovern, Mira Sorvino and Kate Walsh.

EIFF director James Mullighan said: “The Edinburgh International Film Festival has long been regarded as the ideal launch pad for important new British cinema and the place at which U.K. emerging talent is nurtured. The films announced today confirm that those twin traditions continue into 2011. Of the nearly 3000 films submitted to EIFF, 58 were British feature fiction films and we’re delighted to be in a position to showcase some of them to Edinburgh audiences in June.”

The 65th edition runs June 15 through 26.