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Edinburgh Film Festival Chief Mark Adams Unveils 70th Edition

The 70th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival, which runs June 15-26, will showcase 161 feature films from 46 countries, including 22 world premieres, five international premieres, 17 European premieres and 85 U.K. premieres. Artistic director Mark Adams, unveiling the selection Wednesday, said there was “something for everyone,” and the festival would “challenge, provoke and entertain audiences.”

Highlights include the U.K. premiere of Disney-Pixar animation “Finding Dory,” In-Person events featuring the likes of Kevin Smith and Kim Cattrall, and the opening and closing gala world premieres of “Tommy’s Honor” and “Whisky Galore!” Classic include “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” with John Williams’ score performed live by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic “Highlander,” celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

The Best of British strand includes David Blair’s heart-wrenching drama “Away,” starring Timothy Spall and Juno Temple as two lost souls seeking solace under the lights of Blackpool; Rita Osei’s debut “Bliss!,” following a teenage girl on a rite-of-passage journey of discovery across Scandinavia; Mercedes Grower’s offbeat debut “Brakes,” led by Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding; Janos Edelenyi’s poignant but amusing “The Carer,” starring Brian Cox, who will be in attendance at the festival; and Charles Henri Belleville’s hedonistic backpack thriller “Jet Trash.”

Will Poulter and Cara Delevingne lead the British ensemble cast in the coming-of-age drama “Kids in Love” from Chris Foggin; Philip John takes audiences on an anarchic road-trip in “Moon Dogs”; and twin librarians plan revenge in the quiet section in Euros Lyn’s Welsh-language “The Library Suicides” (Y Llyfrgell).

There are also brooding Icelandic noirs “Pale Star” and “A Reykjavik Porno” from Scot Graeme Maley; artist Henry Coombes’ “Seat In Shadow,” a witty study into the symbiotic relationship between an eccentric, part-time Jung-obsessed psychotherapist and his patient/muse; Joanne Froggatt starring as a woman attempting to keep her family together as her husband endures unimaginable pain in Bill Clark’s “Starfish”; Ibiza-set crime thriller “White Island” from Benjamin Turner; and the Agyness Deyn-led complex dystopian thriller “The White King” from Alex Helfrecht and Joerg Tittel.

British films in competition for the Michael Powell Award for best British feature film and best performance in a British feature film will be selected from this strand, and include nine world premieres, one European premieres and two U.K. premieres.

Taking part in the series of In Person talks will be Dominique Pinon of “Alien: Resurrection,” “Amélie” and “Outlander” fame, whose renowned star turn in “Diva” will feature in this year’s “A Celebration of the Films of Cinéma du Look” retrospective; Jeremy Thomas, the producer of over 50 films, including 1983’s “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence,” starring the late David Bowie, screening at this year’s festival; Kim Cattrall, who will discuss a career that has seen her leave an indelible mark across both the screen and the stage; and indie auteur Kevin Smith, creator of cult classics “Clerks” and “Dogma,” will also be taking to the stage alongside the star of his latest comedy “Yoga Hosers,” Harley Quinn Smith.

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