Curtains up for Film Festival

  • 16 August 2007

This article is from 2007

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) commenced last night at Edinburgh’s Cineworld in Fountain Park with the UK premiere of David Mackenzie’s Hallam Foe. Organisers of the film festival felt that Hallam Foe, shot on location in Edinburgh and based on the book by Peter Jinks, would be a perfect opener to this year’s festival, based on the theme “the written word”. Star of the film Jamie Bell attended the screening, accompanied by actress Tilda Swinton, the new patron of the festival, Franz Ferdinand members Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, who appear on the film’s soundtrack and a collection of other famous names including Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian and Irvine Welsh. Organisers of the EIFF have described the film as “stunning”. Hallam Foe kicks off the 60th Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs until August 26, featuring 120 feature films from 31 countries. This festival is due to move to June next year.