Edinburgh International Film Festival 2011 programme announced
Highlights include The Guard, Meet Monica Velour and Jack Goes Boating
The programme for the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival was announced today, featuring a wide range of exciting new work from around the world. Browse the full listings.
The film chosen for the Festival's Opening Gala was John Michael McDonagh's The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle and Mark Strong. The action comedy follows a politically incorrect Irish police officer (Gleeson) as he attempts to foil a drug ring with the aid of a straight-laced FBI agent (Cheadle). The film has an air of In Bruges about it, mainly due to the presence of both Gleeson and a McDonagh name in the credits (although that film was the work of John Michael's brother, Martin).
Also of note is Meet Monica Velour, an indie teen sex comedy starring Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall. In it, she plays an aging porn actress, the object of affection for geeky teenager Tobe (Dustin Ingram). Jack Goes Boating was another eye-catching title in the programme, a New York comedy directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman (making his debut behind the camera).
Sara Driver's long-lost directorial debut You Are Not I will also be screened (Driver is billed as one of the Festival's guest curators along with partner Jim Jarmusch). Hungarian master filmmaker Bela Tarr will also be recognised with a screening of Turin Horse (his exploration of Nietzschean fable).
From the UK, Scotland's David Mackenzie reunites with his Young Adam star Ewan McGregor (and he with fellow Trainspotting cast member Ewen Bremner) for sci-fi thriller Perfect Sense, while David Hare's Bill Nighy-starring political thriller Page Eight will receive its world premiere.
Check out the rest of the website for full programme listings, with more information on the festival available at the EIFF website. See the next issue of The List (out Wednesday 25 May) for our in-depth EIFF feature and day-planner.