The 64th Edinburgh Film Festival will present 22 world premieres, along with special events featuring its patrons Sean Connery and Tilda Swinton.
The fest opens June 16 with Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist,” which was made in Edinburgh, and screenings end June 26 with the world debut of Hattie Dalton’s “Third Star.” The fest wraps officially the following day.
The program reflects fest director Hannah McGill’s mission to highlight new talent instead of red-carpet glamor.
Most of the world premieres are British, many by first- or second-time directors. They include Ben Miller’s debut “Huge,” Edward and Rory McHenry’s stop-motion “Jackboots on Whitehall,” Shimmy Marcus’ “SoulBoy,” Nick Moran’s “The Kid,” Carl Golden’s “Pelican Blood” and “Cherry Tree Lane” by Paul Andrew Williams.
World premieres from further afield include Corinne van der Borch’s “Girl With Black Balloons,” Rona Mark’s “The Crab” and Ryan Denmark’s “Chase the Slut” from the U.S., and Josh Hyde’s Peru/U.S. co-production “Postales.”
Other international highlights include Steven Soderburgh’s doc “And Everything Is Going Fine,” Werner Herzog’s “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done,” Sundance hits “Winter’s Bone” by Debra Granik and “Restrepo” by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, Floria Sigismondi’s Kirsten Stewart starrer “The Runaways” and Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which won the foreign-language Oscar for Argentina.
Pixar continues its long association with Edinburgh with a screening of “Toy Story 3D.”
Edinburgh-born Connery, a patron of the fest since 1982, will be feted with a gala screening of “The Man Who Would Be King” to celebrate his 80th birthday in August.
Swinton and writer/filmmaker Mark Cousins will launch their 8 1/2 Foundation with a screening of Iranian kids movie “Bag of Rice.” The foundation, backed by the Scottish Arts Council, is dedicated to introducing children to world cinema.
Actor Patrick Stewart will talk about his career and chair the Michael Powell jury that awards the prize for best British film, one of a number of awards at the fest.
Producer Graham King will be interviewed onstage by Variety editor Tim Gray, and will be presented with the Variety U.K. Achievement in Film award.