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Britain dominates Edinburgh initial selection

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Britain dominates Edinburgh initial selection

The first few titles have been announced for the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF, June 15-26) and as is the festival’s wont, they are British.

Page Eight, the first feature film since 1997’s The Designated Mourner directed by acclaimed writer David Hare (The Reader [+see also:
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), will have its world premiere at the festival. The film features an all-star British cast including Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes. Hare described the film as “the first British film on how intelligence operations have had to adapt to the new century.”

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Festival regular David Mackenzie’s Young Adam and Hallam Foe [+see also:
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premiered at EIFF and this year he is back with sci-fi thriller Perfect Sense [+see also:
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, starring Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner.

Other world premieres include Niall MacCormick’s coming-of-age drama Albatross [+see also:
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; Karl Golden’s comedy drama Weekender, about the 90s Ibiza scene; and Gaby Dellal’s British/Canadian small town-set drama Angel’s Crest.

EIFF director James Mullighan said, “The Edinburgh International Film Festival has long been regarded as the ideal launch pad for important new British cinema and the place at which UK emerging talent is nurtured. The films announced today confirm that those twin traditions continue into 2011. Of the nearly 3000 films submitted to EIFF, 58 were British feature fiction films and we’re delighted to be in a position to showcase some of them to Edinburgh audiences in June.”

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