Connery to open Edinburgh film fest
Published 01/06/2010 | 16:26
Sir Sean Connery, Tilda Swinton and Seamus McGarvey are all set to attend the opening night gala of the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010.
The patrons of the event will join French director Sylvain Chomet for the screening of his film The Illusionist on June 16 at the 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).
Connery will also be attending a gala screening of one of his best-loved films, The Man Who Would Be King, to celebrate his 80th birthday which takes place in August.
Ben Miller's directorial feature debut Huge, about stand-up comedy and starring Noel Clarke and Thandie Newton, is among the British films premiering at the festival, along with Edward and Rory McHenry's animation Jack Boots On Whitehall which has all-star voice cast including Ewan McGregor, Dominic West, Rosamund Pike and Tom Wilkinson.
International films premiering at the festival include comedy The Extra Man starring John C Reilly, Katie Holmes and Paul Dano and Steven Soderbergh's documentary about Spalding Gray, And Everything Is Going Fine.
The closing night gala on June 27 will be the world premiere of Third Star, a British tragi-comic buddy film by newcomer Hattie Dalton, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Runaways starring Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart and Toy Story 3 are also among the films to be screened as part of the festival.
EIFF artistic director Hannah McGill commented: "We're tremendously excited about the programme this year and especially about how many of our titles are brand new to the world festival circuit and the international industry."