Edinburgh to bow Brit pix

Bird's 'Cell,' Jobson's 'Purifiers,' Loach's 'Kiss' to unspool

LONDON — World premieres of six British movies will highlight the 58th Edinburgh Film Festival, to be held Aug. 18-29.

Event will be the global launch pad for “Dead Man’s Shoes,” by Shane Meadows; Antonia Bird’s “Hamburg Cell”; Pawel Pawlikowski’s “My Summer of Love”; Richard Jobson’s “The Purifiers”; and two Irish movies from Working Title, Damien O’Donnell’s “Inside I’m Dancing” and Terry Loane’s “Mickybo and Me.”

Artistic director Shane Danielsen described the British Gala section as perhaps the strongest in recent memory, including U.K. premieres of Ken Loach’s “Ae Fond Kiss,” Shona Auerbach’s “Dear Frankie” and Marc Evans’ “Trauma.”

Fest also will present the world preem of serial killer pic “Hillside Strangler” by U.S. director Chuck Parello, produced by U.K. outfit Tartan Films.

Fest, which is light on U.S. pics this year, opens with “The Motorcycle Diaries”; director Walter Salles and star Gael Garcia Bernal are expected to attend. It will close with the U.K. premiere of Wong Kar Wai’s “2046.”

There will be a commemoration of director Lindsay Anderson on the 10th anniversary of his death and a retrospective of the work of late Italian director Valerio Zurlini.

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