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Saturday 16 December 2017

Cheadle cop drama opening Edinburgh

Don Cheadle's new thriller will open Edinburgh Film Festival
Don Cheadle's new thriller will open Edinburgh Film Festival

Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson's gritty new cop drama The Guard is to open the 6th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Hotel Rwanda star plays a straight-laced FBI agent who teams up with an unorthodox Irish policeman, played by the Harry Potter and In Bruges star, to take on an international drug smuggling gang.

The Guard, written and directed by Ned Kelly's John Michael McDonagh will premiere on the festival's opening night on June 15, before opening in the UK on July 8.

John Trafford-Owen, Optimum Head of Distribution, said: "Optimum is incredibly proud to open EIFF with John McDonagh's The Guard; a fantastic comedy thriller audiences worldwide will discover and embrace."

The EIFF, which runs from June 15-26, will also feature 24-hour debates, cinema recreations in public spaces, Cineconcerts with live music, and live video game performances.

The 12-day celebration will feature more than 60 international, European and UK premieres.

Highlights include Keith Bearden's new film Meet Monica Velour, starring Kim Cattrall, and Steven Silver's true life combat drama The Bang Bang Club, featuring Ryan Phillipe.

The festival will also see David Hare's first directorial outing for 20 years - the spy drama Page Eight with Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Michael Gambon and Judy Davis.

Another highlight is the UK premiere of David Mackenzie's Glasgow-set sci-fi thriller Perfect Sense, starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green.

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