The2006 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will open with the worldpremiere of The Flying Scotsman. Thefilm tells the true story of champion cyclist Graeme Obreeand marks the feature directorial debut of Douglas MacKinnon. Jonny Lee Miller plays Obree andthe cast also includes Brian Cox, Billy Boyd and Laura Fraser.
The60th Festival runs Aug 14 to 27 and has an expanded programme of screenings andevents. The Festival's patron Sean Connery will host a birthday party for theevent on Aug 19 and has also agreed to take part in the annual BAFTA Scotlandinterview with EIFF director Shane Danielsen.
Conneryheads a high-profile guest list that also includes Sigourney Weaver, Steven Soderbergh, Charlize Theron, Kevin Smith, Iain Smith and Arthur Penn. Soderbergh will take a break from the European filming ofOcean's 13 to attend the event, whilst Bonnie And Clyde director Arthur Pennwill represent his 1975 private eye classic NightMovies, one of two dozen titles in a retrospective on 1970s American cinemadesigned to challenge the orthodoxy that the decade was dominated by Spielberg,Scorsese and the Movie Brat generation.
TheFestival programme showcases a strong selection of
TheBritish Gala section, which comprises the titles competing for the MichaelPowell Award, eschews many of the significant films scheduled for imminent UKrelease (Red Road, The History Boys,Venus, Starter For Ten) in favour of lower-profile, lower-budget titles suchas the Paul Andrew Williams thriller LondonTo Brighton, the James Marquand western Dead Man's Cards with Tom Bell, the Col Spector comedy SomeoneElse and the Rankin and Chris Cottamcollaboration Lives Of The Saints.
TheFestival's other retrospective is dedicated to director Mitchell Leisen and includes more than a dozen titles spanning hismost productive years and running from DeathTakes A Holiday (1934) with Fredric March to No Man Of Her Own (1950) with Barbara Stanwyck.
TheFestival has previously announced that it will close with Carol Reed's 1946classic Odd Man Out.
Thismarks the fifth and final programme under Artistic Director Shane Danielsen and the search for his replacement continues withthe second round of interviews taking place this week.
Forthe full festival line-up including the Rosebud and Document sections, visitthe EIFF website.
The Flying Scotsman (Dir: Douglas MacKinnon)
Odd Man Out (1946) (Dir: Carol Reed)
Brothers Of The Head Dir: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Cargo Dir: Clive Gordon
Colour Me Kubrick Dir: Brian W Cook
Dead Man's Cards Dir: James Marquand
Driving Lessons Dir: Jeremy Brock
The Killing Of John Lennon Dir: Andrew Piddington
Life AndLyrics Dir:Richard Laxton
Lives of The Saints Dir: Rankin, Chris Cottam
Shoot TheMessengerDir: Ngozi Onwurah
Snow Cake Dir: Marc Evans
Someone Else Dir:
Art School Confidential Dir: Terry Zwigoff
Clerks II Dir: Kevin Smith
Hoodwinked Dir: Cory Edwards
Little Miss Sunshine Dir: Jonathan Dayton,Valerie Faris
The Night Listener Dir: Patrick Stettner
The Oh In
Stephanie Daley Dir: Hilary Brougher
The Treatment Dir: Oren Rudavsky
Rock the Bells Dir: Casey Suchan, Denis Henry Hennelly
Ants InThe Mouth (Hormigas en la boca) Dir: Mariano Barroso
April Snow (Wae Chool) Dir: HurJin-ho
Change of Address (Changement d'adresse) Dir: Emmanuel Mouret
Family Law (Derecho de familia) Dir: Daniel Burman
The Host (Guimul) Dir: Bong Joon-ho
House of Sand (Casa de areia) Dir: Andrucha Waddington
It's Winter(Zemestan) Dir: Rafi Pitts
Jindabyne Dir:Ray Lawrence
Labour Equals Freedom (Delo Osvobaja) Dir: DamjanKozole
Luxury Car (Voiture de luxe) Dir: Wang Chao
Naboer (Next Door) Dir: Pal Sletaune
Next Door (Naboer) Dir: Pal Sletaune
One Fine Day (Du Jour au Lendemain) Dir: Phillipele Guay
Page Turner (Tourneuse de pages) Dir: Denis Dercourt
Palimpsest Dir: KonradNiewolski
The Right of the Weakest(La Raison du plus faible) Dir: Lucas Belvaux
Shut up and Shoot Me Dir: Steen Agro
Skin (Pele) Dir: Fernando Vendrell
To Get to Heaven, FirstYou Have to Die (Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon)Dir: Djamshed Usmonov
Tuning Dir: Igor Sterk
Water Dir: DeepaMehta
White Palms (Feher Tenyer) Dir: SzabolcsHajdu
Wrestling Grounds (L'Appel des arenes) Dir: CheikhNdiaye