Edinburgh Film Fest announces lineup with Herzog and Soderbergh

The 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival, one of the oldest film festivals in the world, has announced its schedule of screenings and special events, featuring 22 world premieres and filmmakers, in several venues, June 16-27.

Highlights of the event in Scotland include Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, produced by David Lynch and starring Michael Shannon ( Revolutionary Road), Willem Dafoe ( Antichrist) and Chloë Sevigny ( Big Love). Based on a true story, it's a tragi-comedy about a murderer who hides out with his family.

A Steven Soderbergh documentary, And Everything Is Going Fine, pays tribute to the legendary writer, monologist and performer Spalding Gray.

The Hollywood hit receiving its UK premiere is the animated Toy Story 3 in 3D starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Timothy Dalton, Whoopi Goldberg, and Michael Keaton.

Among the 133 features from 34 countries, the opening film, The Illusionist, is an animated feature based on a never-produced script by Jacques Tati and set in Scotland by Sylvain Chomet. The closing feature is the premiere of Third Star, a British tragi-comedy by Hattie Dalton, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Burke.

Documentaries include Superhero Me by filmmaker Steve Sale about his amusing attempt to play his own not-so-super hero, Master Legend, trying to stop crime. Restrepo, by journalist Sebastian Unger, chronicles his year with soldiers in the Afghanistan war.

Filmmakers participating in the event include Stephen Frears ( Gumshoe) and Mike Hodges ( Pulp) to present their films. Also, Tilda Swinton with filmmaker Mark Cousins will announce their new venture at the 8-1/2 Foundation film screening.

On hand to celebrate his 80th birthday will be festival supporter, Sir Sean Connery; the actor will attend a gala presentation of his 1975 film, The Man Who Would Be King. The Jury President Sir Patrick Stewart will take the stage for an on-stage interview.

A section titled Retrospective: After the Wave,  will offer rare screenings of misplaced British classics from 1967-1979 such as Ken Russell's Savage Messiah, Stephen Frears's Gumshoe and Mike Hodges' s Pulp.

Tickets go on sale June 3.

http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/about-the-festival

RC

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