Edinburgh International Film Festival announces programme

  • List.co.uk
  • 6 May 2009

This article is from 2009

Edinburgh International Film Festival announces programme

Sasha Grey in Stephen Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience

The Edinburgh International Film Festival was announced today. The programme Includes 135 features from 33 countries and includes 23 World Premieres. This year the Festival runs from 17 to the 28 June 2009.

Highlights from the programme include opening film Away We Go from British director Sam Mendes on 17 June and the International Premiere of Max Meyer's romantic drama Adam on 28 June.

David Mackenzie, director of Young Adam and Hallam Foe presents Spread starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche, whilst Stephen Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience (pictured) and Shane Meadows' Le Donk starring Paddy Considine are also eagerly anticipated.

Other titles of note include Fish Tank from Andrea Arnold, director of Red Road, Duncan Jones' directorial debut Moon starring Sam Rockwell and Christian Petzold's psychological thriller Jerichow.

Elsewhere Vincent Cassel playes Mesrine in the biopic of the infamous French gangster, which also stars Ludivine Sagnier.

Following from the success of breakthrough success Y Tu Mama Tambien, Rudo y Cursi which reunites Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.

Big names due to appear at EIFF include Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream and Pi, who will take part in an In Person interview. Local Hero director Bill Forsyth, award-winning British actress Brenda Blethyn and veteran Hollywood director Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace) will also appear.

A Roger Corman retrospective includes screenings of The Masque of the Red Death, The House of Usher, The Trip, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Wild Angels whilst a Peter McDougall strand includes screening of A Sense of Freedom, Just A Boy’s Game and Just Another Saturday.

EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill commented: “I’m thrilled about this programme, and really looking forward to showing these films to our audience, as well as welcoming this wide array of exciting guests. We've been really privileged to see a tremendous range of very varied work from all over the world this year, and the programming team have done incredible work in selecting the best and most innovative films. The British section is especially diverse; and it's also great in the year of Homecoming to be celebrating Scottish talent with both our McDougall/Mackenzie focus and our new Scottish feature films. Of course as well as the screenings, we'll be rounding out the Festival experience with our live music events, discussion panels, workshops and interviews.”

Tickets for all films and events go on sale at midday on Friday 8 May.