Edinburgh film fest announces 2015 programme

Last Days in the Desert

By Ray Bennett

KRAKOW – The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival announced today that it will screen 164 feature films from 36 nations including 24 world premieres, 8 international, 16 European, 84 U.K. and two Scottish premieres.

New artistic director, former Screen critic Mark Adams, who made the announcement in Edinburgh, promised something for everyone: “We are delighted to be presenting such a thrilling, fun, challenging, provocative, exciting and balanced programme.”

Highlights, he said, will include the U.K. premiere of Asif Kapadia’s documentary “Amy”, about the late Amy Winehouse; the latest Disney-Pixar animation “Inside Out”,  Arnold Schwarzenegger as a tormented father with a zombie daughter in “Maggie”, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul’s “The D-Train” starring Jack Black and James Marsden, John Cusack and Paul Dano as Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson at different ages in “Love and Mercy”, and for Noel Marshall’s 1981 cult film about a big cat, “Roar”.

EIFF will present a series of In-Person events with guests such as Ewan McGregor, who will attend with his new film “Last Days in the Desert” (pictured),  Jane Seymour and Malcolm McDowell with “Bereave”, Hong-Kong director Johnnie To with “Exiled”, and EIFF Honorary Patron Seamus McGarvey who returns with his cinematography In Conversation series with two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, “Bound for Glory”).

For more details of the programme and other information about the festival, which runs June 17-28, see here

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