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Friends of ‘Foe’

Pic kicks off opening night at Edinburgh

EDINBURGH — David Mackenzie’s “Hallam Foe” came home for the opening night of the Edinburgh Film Festival on Aug. 15.

The bow launched the 12-day annual event just a few chimneys from the rooftops of Scotland’s capital city, where much of the film was shot.

“This is a homecoming for ‘Hallam’ and the end of a bumpy ride,” said producer Gillian Berrie, who spent five years bringing the project to life. “It’s a great delight to be here.”

Fan cries of “Billy Elliot!” greeted the arrival of “Foe” star Jamie Bell.

“My mother is in the audience somewhere,” said Bell. “I just want to apologize for the sex scenes. I don’t know how they’re going to be.”

A cocktail-strewn, “Foe”-themed party took place at the Edinburgh College of Art, where the band Franz Ferdinand (members Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy wrote a song for the pic) played a short acoustic set for revelers, who included the pic’s Ewen Bremner, scribe Peter Jinks, guest John Waters and official fest patron Tilda Swinton.

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