Edinburgh International Film Festival line up revealed

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Line up for Edinburgh International Film Festival revealed

The Edinburgh International Film Festival took a step closer to positioning itself as June's must-see event this week, with the launch of next month's much-anticipated EIFF programme. The festival's artistic director, Hannah McGill, caused a stir late last year when she announced they were moving out of their usual August slot, amidst Edinburgh's busiest festival season, and positioning themselves as a solo act, in a bid to attract big names and independent films that might otherwise have obligations over August. The festival will launch in suitable style with a screening of John Maybury's The Edge of Love, based on the life of poet Dylan Thomas. BAFTA winner Keira Knightley is expected to join Maybury and co-stars Sienna Miller and Brothers and Sisters star Matthew Rhys on the red carpet. Documentaries will play an important part in the line-up, with the festival showcasing 22 documentary features from 11 different countries. Highlights include Sundance favourite Man on Wire, directed by James Marsh, Chris Waitt's A Complete History of My Sexual Failures – about the director's attempts at closure with an array of his ex-girlfriends and Errol Morris' Berlin International Film Festival Jury Grand Prix winner, Standard Operating Procedure.

High glamour comes in the guise of retrospectives on the incomparable French screen siren Jeanne Moreau and late American actress and filmmaker Shirley Clarke. McGill said the two women represented the same ‘trailblazing spirit, boldness and intelligence’ as the festival itself. Elsewhere, EIFF's popular Mirrorball strand will celebrate its 13th anniversary punting its usual brand of innovation and exploring the creative worlds of music, promos and advertising. This year affords a new spin with the inclusion of a series of live events, as well as screenings. Highlights of the programme include A Trip Out with British Sea Power, at the Caves, followed by a Q&A session and live music soundtrack. The Mirrorball collective will also host the first Mirrorball Award for Best British Video.

This year's Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 18–29 Jun. www.edfilmfest.org.uk