The Bling Ring, Svengali and The Sea among highlights of EIFF 2013 programme

The Bling Ring, Svengali and The Sea among highlights at EIFF 2013 programme

The Bling Ring

What Maisie Knew and The East will also screen at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival

The programme for the Edinburgh International Film Festival was announced this morning, following earlier news that Disney Pixar’s Monsters University and award winning writer-director Drake Doremus’ new film, Breathe In, are already scheduled.

Among the much anticipated line-up is generous dose of home-grown talent in the form of Edinburgh-based filmmaker Matt Hulse’s documentary, Dummy Jim, and BBC Scotland production The Great Hip Hop Hoax, directed by Jeanie Finlay, which focuses on two aspiring Scottish rappers. Set in a small Scottish fishing village, Blackbird, directed by Jamie Chambers, will have its world premiere at the Festival, while Paul Wright’s directing debut, For Those in Peril, arrives fresh from Cannes (both are in the running for the EIFF’s Michael Powell Award).

Other films up for the Michael Powell Award include Everyone's Going To Die, a British love story directed by Jones; impressionistic fishing industry doc Leviathan, directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel; and A Long Way From Home, starring Paul Nicholls and directed by Virginia Gilbert. British films Uwantme2killhim?, a look at the darker side of the internet directed by Andrew Douglas, and energetic 90s-set teen movie We Are the Freaks, directed by Justin Edgar, are also in the running.

Also in this category and set to receive their world premiere at the Festival are the Martin Freeman-starring UK comedy Svengali, directed by John Hardwick, and John Banville adaptation The Sea, starring Ciaran Hinds and Rufus Sewell.

Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring (featuring Harry Potter star Emma Watson) will also be screened at the EIFF, as will We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks from American director Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room). Following its Sundance Film Festival premiere earlier this year, the controversial documentary film gives us a rare insight into Julian Assange and the Wikileaks phenomenon.

Also from the US, What Maisie Knew is a drama starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan and Alexander Skarsgård. Skarsgård also appears in eco-terrorist thriller The East, directed by Zal Batmanglij and starring Ellen Page and Brit Marling.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from Wed 19-Sun 30 Jun. Keep checking for coverage leading up to and throughout the festival.

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Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.