The Edinburgh International FilmFestival (EIFF) announced that Carol Reed's 1947 film noir Odd Man Out will be the closing-night film at this year's 60thanniversary festival. The film opened the same year that the festival waslaunched, and a digitally restored version will be shown in Edinburgh (as well being shown in September in UK theatres through Park Circus).

Also, the festival has added aspecial Mitchell Leisen retrospective for this year'sfestival, which runs Aug 14-27.

"Sophisticated, bisexual, andirreverent, Leisen was the journeyman director par excellence, who created a stringof box-office hits: screwball comedy classics like Easy Living and Midnight,powerful melodramas like Hold Back The Dawn, and even a stunning filmnoir, No Man Of Her Own; he also worked with major stars - Olivia deHavilland, Barbara Stanwick, Claudette Colbert,Carole Lombard," said EIFF artistic director Shane Danielsen."For all for these reasons, his rediscovery is overdue."

As previously announced, EIFFwill also host a retrospective dedicated to American cinema from the 1970s.Sean Connery is again serving as festival patron and will host a special anniversary party.