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FESTIVALS UK

Hallam Foe to kick off Edinburgh

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The 2007 edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (August 15-26) will open with David Mackenzie’s Hallam Foe [+see also:
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(see article). The Gillian Berrie produced film is written by Mackenzie and Ed Whitmore, based on Peter Jinks’ Scottish novel.

This is in keeping with the theme of this year’s festival: “The Written Word”. The festival’s artistic director Hannah McGill said, “Hallam Foe is a stunning achievement by all concerned – a film with an unforgettable atmosphere and some of the finest performances of the year. We're enormously proud to have the film open what we anticipate to be a landmark film festival.” This is McGill’s first year in the position.

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Mackenzie’s film – which stars Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, Ciaran Hinds and Claire Forlani – deals with a young voyeur obsessed with finding the true cause of his mother’s death and. Much like the director’s earlier film Young Adam (2003), it is leavened with doses of dry humour and dollops of sex. Mackenzie also casts his usual bleak eye on Edinburgh, filming it in all its Gothic glory.

Buena Vista International (BVI) will distribute Hallam Foe in the UK and it is being handled internationally by Independent Film Sales, which closed a number of deals on the title at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (see article).

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