Who's attending the Edinburgh International Film Festival?
In Person events feature Sex In The City's Kim Cattrall, filmmaker Kevin Smith, Outlander actor Dominique Pinon and producer Jeremy Thomas
Edinburgh International Film Festival ain't looking too bad for 70 years old. The capital's film festival today announced their latest programme of new films, classic cinematography and innovative shorts. EIFF are keen to showcase the creative visionaries behind the films, with many of the screenings featuring live introductions and/or Q&As with writers, directors, producers and actors.
While we can only speculate which darlings of the silver screen might be spotted over the course of the festival (we're hoping for Eddie Izzard at the closing night gala screening of Whisky Galore) the In Person strand of events is specifically dedicated to sharing the experience and opinions of individual creators and stars.
Also known as the mute but expressive Silent Bob Kevin Smith is the creator of the 1994 comedy Clerks. Now a cult classic Clerks was followed by Mallrats, Chasing Amy and the controversial religious comedy Dogma, starring Chris Rock as the thirteenth apostle, Alan Rickman as Metatron, Alanis Morissette as God and a demon composed entirely of human excrement. Smith also directed Cop Out, Tusk and most recently Yoga Hosers. Screening at the festival it stars Johnny Depp alongside his daughter Lily-Rose Depp and Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith. He also works as a producer, documentary maker and comic book writer. In 2014 he announced that he wants to make Moose Jaws, a Jaws style film, starring a moose. Someone please ask him about that.
Traverse Theatre, Wed 22 Jun, 8.30pm
Currently starring as Master Raymond in tartan clad Outlander Dominique Pinon’s other English language roles include Vriess in 1997's Alien: Resurrection. He has been an actor since the 1980s working with auteurs Jean-Jacques Beineix and Jean-Pierre Jeunet on several French classics including Diva, Betty Blue and Delicatessen. Pinon starred alongside Audrey Tautou as jealous cafe patron Joseph in Amélie and as her uncle in war romance A Very Long Engagement. Several of his films feature in the festival's Critical Appraisal of the Cinéma du Look.
Traverse Theatre, Sat 18 Jun, 8.30pm
English-Canadian actor Kim Cattrall visits EIFF in support of 2010 film Meet Monica Velour, the story of an awkward teenager who sets out to meet his favourite adult film star (of Saturday Night Beaver fame) when she announces a live stage appearance. Cattrall's other film credits include Big Trouble in Little China, Mannequin and Masquerade. Followed by six years as sexually voracious Samantha Jones in the popular American sitcom Sex and the City (and two films, the less said about them the better) Cattrall returned to Broadway where she starred in the revival of Private Lies. She's also trod the boards in Antony & Cleopatra at the Liverpool Playhouse and Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic.
Edinburgh Filmhouse, Thu 16 Jun, 6pm
Over a career spanning four decades Jeremy Thomas has produced over 50 films. These include Warsaw-set thriller 11 Minutes, dystopian drama High-Rise, Oscar-winning The Last Emperor and Young Adam, which opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2003. He has worked with cinema greats including Stephen Frears, David Cronenberg, Takeshi Kitano and Wim Wenders. One of his earliest credits was for Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, which is screening at the festival. Released in 1982 the film is set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Java during WWII and starred the late David Bowie.
Traverse Theatre, Tue 21 Jun, 8.30pm
Edinburgh Film Festival, Various venues, Edinburgh, Wed 15–Sun 26 Jun.