Meg Ryan praises 'energy' of Edinburgh as global arts hub
Published 23/06/2016 | 20:41
Meg Ryan says being in Edinburgh has helped her understand why the Scottish capital is such a global arts hub.
The US screen star praised the "energy" of the city as she launched her latest movie Ithaca - her first feature film as a director - at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).
Ryan described the Second World War picture as "a simple movie about complex things" and said she was delighted the festival had chosen to feature it in this year's programme.
She told Press Association Scotland: "I understand it now, being here, why the arts come here, and so many different kinds of artists. There's something about it.
"It's absolutely beautiful but there's a certain type of energy, or a throb, that happens here.
"I feel happy to have brought it (Ithaca) here. You have so many different kinds of arts festivals and it feels like an honour."
The actress and director was speaking on the red carpet at the EIFF in the capital's west end, where she also met fans and posed for pictures.
Every summer Edinburgh plays host to a number of world-famous arts festivals, with the season reaching its peak during August.
As well as the EIFF, they include the International Festival, Festival Fringe, International Book Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, to name just some.