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70th EIFF launched

Sex and City star heading for film festival

Ken Hay Mark Adams EIFF

Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall is among the big ticket attractions who will descend on Scotland for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The actress, who played Samantha in the television show and movie spin-offs, will discuss her TV and movie career which stretches back to 1975.

Mark Adams, artistic director, promised something for everyone today at the unveiling of this year’s programme of events.

The 70th festival, taking place between 15 and 26 June, will include 22 world premieres among161 films from 46 countries. Highlights include the UK Premiere of the highly-anticipated Disney-Pixar animation Finding Dory.

The festival will open with the world premiere of Tommy’s Honour and close with the first showing of Whisky Galore!

There is also a world premiere of the newly-restored 4K version of the Scottish classic Highlander, celebrating its 30th anniversary with star Clancy Brown in attendance.

Attending the launch today at the Filmhouse, Mark Adams, EIFF artistic director, said: “It is a real thrill to unveil this year’s programme and I am looking forward to showcasing so many great films and welcoming so many talented filmmakers to our 70th edition.

“As always we like to offer an incredibly broad range of work to ensure there is always something for everyone – from mesmeric retrospectives through to absorbing new short films, to 130 new features from 46 countries, rest assured this year’s EIFF will challenge, provoke and entertain audiences in equal measure.”

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “The Scottish Government is proud to support the Festival via the Expo Fund and have provided £110,000 this year to support the development of new filmmakers and the continuation of the highly successful Talent Lab.”

Natalie Usher, director of screen at Creative Scotland, said: “This year’s edition is packed with the work of Scotland’s most exciting filmmaking talent alongside an impressive array of the very best cinema from around the world.”

Photo: Ken Hay, chief executive of the Centre for the Moving Image with Mark Adams (copyright Terry Murden)

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