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Edinburgh fest takes shape 'Wall-E,' docus will lead U.S. contingent

There will be a strong U.S. presence at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, with 30 titles due to unspool.

Highlights of the U.S. journey to the Scottish capital include the Pixar/Disney animated "Wall-E," 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 Errol Morris' "Standard Operating Procedure."

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." The film 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 the Mark Doherty-scripted "A Film With Me in It," while Duane Hopkins' "Better Things," Brad Anderson's "Transsiberian" and Isabel Coixet's "Elegy" will receive gala treatments. (partialdiff)