'Hallam Foe' to open Edinburgh fest


LONDON -- David Mackenzie's romantic drama "Hallam Foe" will open this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, organizers said Wednesday.

Festival artistic director Hannah McGill described Mackenzie's movie as having a "an unforgettable atmosphere and some of the finest performances of the year."

The movie stars Jamie Bell along with Sophia Myles, Ciaran Hinds and Claire Forlani.

From a script Mackenzie and Ed Whitmore adapted from Peter Jinks' novel, "Hallam Foe" details the story of a young voyeur who is convinced that his stepmother is responsible for his mother's suicide. It is produced by Gillian Berrie and executive produced by Duncan Reid, Peter Touche and Matthew Justice.

The film will be distributed in the U.K. by Buena Vista International and in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures.

Buena Vista International (U.K.) senior vp and managing director Robert Mitchell said the film is "a hugely accomplished piece of filmmaking" and that it "presents a beautiful vision of Edinburgh and is crafted by one of Scotland's most respected filmmakers."

This year's EIFF runs Aug. 15-26.