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Edinburgh Film Festival Announce Programme

Matthew mcConaughey in William Friedkin's Killer Joe, which opens the festival

The 66th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs from 20 June to 1 July, will host nineteen World premieres and thirteen International premieres.

At Filmhouse Edinburgh this morning, Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara unveiled a program featuring one hundred and twenty-one new features from fifty-two countries, including eleven European premieres and seventy-six UK premieres.

Premieres include Richard Ledes’ Fred, Nathan Silver’s Exit Elena, Benjamin Pascoe’s Leave It On the Track, Lu Sheng’s Here, There, Yang Jung-ho’s Mirage, Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America, and the International premiere of Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabio and Laurent Cantet’s 7 Days In Havana.

British films competing for the Michael Powell Award will see documentaries contending alongside narrative films. Premieres include Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, John Roberts’ Day Of The Flowers; Katarzyna Klimkiewicz’s Flying Blind; Maja Borg’s Future My Love, Alex Barrett’s Life Just Is, Penny Woolcock ‘s One Mile Away and Pusher by Luis Prieto. Bart Layton’s The Imposter and James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer will also compete for the  Michael Powell Award.

Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara said: “Our programme reflects the exceptionally vibrant state of current cinema. Our audiences will be able to explore a wide range of outstanding films from around the world, including work by established masters and films from new and emerging talents. There are also some no less exciting discoveries to be made this year in our Retrospectives. Altogether it’s a rich and diverse programme that tells, I believe, a fascinating story about where cinema is today, what it can learn from the past, and where it is going in the future.”

The festival opens with William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and the Closing Gala will be the European premiere of Disney/Pixar’s Brave.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 20 June to 1 July 2012.

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