EIFF programme announced

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The wait is finally over! The full programme for the 2010 edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival has been announced and it's set to be a special year.

The 64th EIFF programme is an enlightening mix of special events, great new discoveries and returning favourites, with 22 World Premieres and new features from luminaries such as Werner Herzog, Morag McKinnon and Steven Soderbergh.

There will be some 133 features from 34 countries screening at the Festival, which will open with the previously announced Opening Night Gala, The Illusionist from Sylvain Chomet on 16 June.

The Closing Night Gala on 26 June will be the World Premiere of Third Star, a British tragi-comedy from first-time director Hattie Dalton, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Burke.

In between there will be plenty of new talent introduced to the Festival audience, alongside returning favourites. Legendary director Werner Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done is produced by David Lynch and is one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated titles. Steven Soderbergh’s documentary And Everything Is Going Fine is set to be another Festival highlight.

Director Morag McKinnon’s Donkeys – the second of the Scottish-Danish Advance Party features – receives a World Premiere in a strong British field at this year’s fest, which also features Paul Andrew William’s thriller Cherry Tree Lane, Ben Miller’s comedy-about-comedians Huge and Bernard Rose’s biopic of Howard Marks, Mr. Nice. Click here to have a look at our overview of the British Gala films running for the prestigious Michael Powell Award, sponsored by the UK Film Council.

All features originating outside the UK, receiving their World or International Premieres, will be eligible for the Best International Feature Award, including the work of returning directors Ryan Denmark (Chase the Slut), Rona Mark (The Crab) and Zach Clark (Vacation!).

The Festival’s darker side will be represented by cult late-night selections, Under the Radar and Night Moves, including six World Premieres. Highlights include two features set in Edinburgh - Colm McCarthy’s Outcast and Wayne Thallon’s A Spanking In Paradise. Click here to see our cult favourites at the fest.

As always, EIFF boasts some of the biggest names in world cinema, and among those scheduled to appear at In Person events are actor Sir Patrick Stewart and Martin Scorsese’s favourite producer, Graham King.

The line-up for the 2010 retrospective, After the Wave: Lost and Forgotten British Cinema 1967-1979, fully lives up to the pre-Festival hype, with rare screenings of misplaced classics such as Ken Russell’s Savage Messiah, Peter Watkins’ Privilege and a new print of Powell & Pressburger’s The Boy Who Turned Yellow.

Celebrating the era, filmmakers Stephen Frears (Gumshoe), Horace Ove (Pressure), Mike Hodges (Pulp) and Barney Platt-Mills (Private Road) will be in Edinburgh to present their films and take part in a landmark cinematic event, After the Wave: Discussion Event.

EIFF first started out as a documentary festival, and that tradition continues with more than 20 non-fiction features, including the World Premiere of Superhero Me by Steve Sale and Lucy Martens’ Out of the Ashes.

Allied to a host of special events, one-off screenings and a packed short film programme, this is a stand-out year for the world’s longest continually running film festival.

Tickets for all films and events go on sale at midday on Thursday 3 June. Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone on 0131 623 8030 or in person at Filmhouse. Get great value on films and events with the EIFF Saver.


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