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Edinburgh fest has eye on prize

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The Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival has unveiled an award for international documentary features, with a substantial £5,000 ($9,300) cash prize.

This year’s 60th edition takes place Aug. 14- 27. Patron Sean Connery will host an anni party Aug. 19.

As part of the second Festival of Politics, which takes place Aug. 23 and 26, Connery will give a rare public interview to presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament George Reid, in which he will share his views on Scotland, its politics and its place in the world.

The film fest’s artistic director Shane Danielson, who will step down after this year’s event, also announced a 1970s retrospective of American indie cinema.

This will feature movies such as Hal Ashby’s “The Last Detail,” Arthur Penn’s “Night Moves” and Walter Hill’s “The Driver.”

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