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2013 Programme Launched

Welcome to the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival! The programme has been revealed and we’re all set for an exciting year.

This year the Festival, which runs from 19-30 June, will showcase 146 features from 53 countries, including 14 World premieres, 6 International premieres and 10 European premieres – so it's a packed schedule!

The Festival will open with the previously announced and much anticipated European Premiere of Sundance hit Breathe In. The latest film from Like Crazy director Drake Doremus, it is set to be the first of many great American indie films screened at EIFF 2013.

The introduction of new strands brings new flavours to the Festival. The aforementioned indie selection American Dreams features future classics like Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, fresh from its world premiere at Cannes, as well as Noah Baumbach’s millenial-inspired Frances Ha, and David Sedaris adaptation C.O.G.

This refreshing selection also includes Not Another Teen Movie – a brand new strand programmed by EIFF’s Young Programmers team, featuring a fantastic selection of films for 15-19 year-olds (and, of course, the young at heart!). These include a selection of short films, a documentary of two devious Scots entitled The Great Hip Hop Hoax, and Korean thriller Pluto, with its flavours of Battle Royale, is about an elite boarding school whose academic competition goes too far.

Korea and Sweden are also in the spotlight as our two country focusses. The Focus on Korea features 6 films including top director Ryoo Seung-wan’s highly anticipated action thriller The Berlin File and, in the International Competition, Kang Yi-kwan’s Juvenile Offender, a moving film that represents the social significance of contemporary Korean cinema. Focus on Sweden looks at subjects as diverse as love and memory in Belleville Baby and the sex scandal centred around Sweden’s government in Call Girl, and both strands foreground the countries’ strengths and the recent history of society in each country.

Closer to home, the Michael Powell Award Competition is set to honour the best new British feature film. There are 12 films in the running: Blackbird, Dummy Jim, Everyone’s Going to Die, For Those in Peril, Leviathan, A Long Way from Home, Mister John, The Sea, Svengali, uwantme2killhim?, and We Are the Freaks, and Not Another Happy Ending.

As previously announced, the competitive selection in the International Competition is set to be judged by acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, top Scottish film critic Siobhan Synnot, and actress Natalie Dormer (who you may know as Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones). Highlighting new films from around the world, those in contention include the stunning documentary of the elderly The Last Station and Of Snails and Men, which has been billed as the Romanian Full Monty.

Want to become a judge yourself? The Audience Award has returned with support from Sainsbury’s Bank. 16 films are in contention – if you attend any screening of the nominated films, you can rate the film using voting cards provided. We also welcome you to share your thoughts using the online forums, which you will find in the Web Members section.

If that wasn't enough, our Black Box experimental selection, Animation strand, and Shorts programme are all stronger than ever. Film buffs of all levels can enjoy Special Events including an In Person with Robert Carlyle. Learners can attend Introduction to Film Studies 1 and 2, run by local lecturer Dr Pasquale Iannone (University of Edinburgh), dabble in the The Edinburgh Film Guild Forsyth Hardy Lecture. We also invite you to check out what the kids have been up to in the Edinburgh Schools Film Competition (Primary and Secondary).

Two retrospectives will also take place during the Festival. The first, Symphonies of Life, foregrounds the films of French impressionist filmmaker Jean Grémillon. Women feature highly in Lady Killer, The Love of a Woman, and The Woman Who Dared – 3 of the 12 titles to take to the screen, many programmed alongside Grémillon’s short films. Meanwhie Fantastic Voyages will take a look at the films of Academy Award-winning director Richard Fleischer, which continues at Filmhouse in June and July. The selection includes dystopian classic Soylent Green and film noir The Narrow Margin.

With so much to choose from we’ve teased out some interesting themes in Pathways. Each Pathway is a group of films, selected from across the different strands of the EIFF programme, that are linked by common themes or that appeal to particular tastes. Pathways include Childhood, Love and Romance, Literature, Music, Physical Feats, The Sea, Memory, and Crime.

Still unsure where to start? Join up as a Web Member to make the most of your EIFF experience.

The Festival will wrap up on 30 June with the World Premiere of John McKay’s Scotland-set film Not Another Happy Ending, starring a fantastic cast that includes Karen Gillan, Stanley Webber, and Kate Dickie.

Tickets are available to Filmhouse Members only from 10am on Thursday 30 May. Tickets will then be on general release from 10am on Monday 3 June.

Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone on 0131 623 8030 or in person at Filmhouse, Cineworld, or Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Please see the official brochure for details.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Festival!

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