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Read all about it! The programme for the Edinburgh International Film Festival is available now.

Read all about it! The programme for the Edinburgh International Film Festival is now available, and the line-up for the 61st edition of the world’s longest continually running film festival is bursting with special events, great guests and enlightening cinema.

The EIFF programming team have been hard at work, securing 101 new features from 31 countries, a staggering variety of international talent and a host of cinematic classics to rediscover.

The Opening Night Gala sees a welcome return for a local hero, as Scottish director David Mackenzie brings his eagerly anticipated fourth feature, Hallam Foe, to the Festival. Celebrated French actress Julie Delpy lends elegance and glamour to the Closing Night of the Festival, with the UK Premiere of her directorial debut, the highly acclaimed romantic comedy Two Days in Paris.

New Artistic Director Hannah McGill has introduced a theme to this year’s programme, Cinema and the Written Word, and Judd Apatow, Christopher Hampton and Paul Laverty will be among the top screenwriters appearing at EIFF special events.

Scattered throughout the programme are a number of great films with a literary heritage; from Matthew Vaughn’s spectacular adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s cult comic Stardust, through the riveting biopic of legendary singer Ian Curtis in Control, to Czech director Jiri Menzel’s opulent I Served the King of England.

The best of British film will be running for the prestigious Michael Powell Award, including the World Premieres of the first Scottish Gaelic feature to secure mainstream distribution, Seachd – the Inaccessible Pinnacle, and urban thriller WΔZ, starring Stellen Skårsgard and Selma Blair.

As always, the Festival will play host to many of the biggest names in cinema, including a rare UK appearance by legendary director and raconteur John Waters. Oscar® winning actor Chris Cooper, and great British directors Mike Leigh and Stephen Frears, will also take the stage as part of the exclusive In Person interviews.

This year’s main retrospective celebrates screenwriter Anita Loos, whose brilliant career in Hollywood spanned five decades, from silent classic Intolerance to Golden Age comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Allied to the return of the world-renowned Mirrorball, the freshest collection of music film and promos available, and the raft of great documentaries running for the Sky Movies Best Documentary Award, there’s something to suit every cinematic palette at this year’s Festival.

Ticket sales for all films and events will commence at midday on Friday 13 July. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 0131 623 8030, or in person at Filmhouse and Cineworld. As always, demand will be huge for the first few hours of ticket sales, and we ask for your patience during this period.

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