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Anna Paquin’s ‘The Parting Glass,’ ‘Incredibles 2’ Make Edinburgh Fest Lineup

Films starring Anna Paquin, Steve Coogan, Guy Pearce, Margot Robbie, and British comic actor Rob Brydon are among the 121-title lineup of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Paquin and and director Stephen Moyer will be in town with their movie “The Parting Glass,” which will be the People’s Gala film. Continuing the festival’s tradition of having a big international family picture, “Incredibles 2” will screen in Edinburgh, following in the footsteps of “Cars 3” last year and “Finding Dory” in 2016.

“Puzzle,” with Kelly Macdonald, and “Swimming with Men,” with Brydon, had already been announced as the opening and closing night movies, respectively, of the 72nd edition of the EIFF.

“From the best of up-and-coming British filmmakers to striking new cinema from around the world, we offer something for everyone: from rare access to filmmakers, live events to experience and the opportunity to see films that may never appear in the country again,” said Mark Adams, EIFF artistic director. “We remain one of the world’s most venerable and acclaimed film festivals and are delighted to be able to offer audiences the chance to see some of the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.”

The festival will have special sections dedicated to homegrown, U.S., European, and world movies. A best-of-British strand includes the world premiere of Simon Fellow’s thriller “Steel Country,” which stars Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”) as a truck driver-turned-detective. The sidebar will also have family drama “Two For Joy” with Samantha Morton, oddball comedy drama “Eaten by Lions,” and Haifaa al-Mansour’s “Mary Shelley” with Elle Fanning.

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In the American Dreams section, there will be Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store,” which she stars in alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Joan Cusack. Nick Offerman-starrer “Hearts Beat Loud” and “Terminal,” the glossy thriller starring and produced by Margot Robbie, also feature. “Ideal Home,” in which Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan play a bickering gay couple, is in the lineup as well.

The European Perspectives section features titles such as “Tulipani: Love, Honour and a Bicycle” and brooding drama “The Secret of Marrowbone,” with stars including Anya Taylor-Joy. South American drama “The Heiress” and Chinese film “No. 1 Chung Ying Street; Girls Always Happy” are in the international lineup. Australia comedy “Flammable Children,” starring Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce, is also in the mix.

In the documentary section, there is a strong musical theme. The features include “Whitney,” which launched to widespread acclaim at Cannes; “George Michael: Freedom – The Director’s Cut,” about the life of the former Wham! singer; and “Almost Fashionable: A Film About Travis,” about the titular Scottish band.

The country focus will be Canada, with movies including “Indian Horse,” “Kayak to Klemtu,” and a selection of shorts. Special events at EIFF include a screening “Jaws” with the score played by a live orchestra.

The festival runs June 20 to July 1.

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