Jamie Neish: Treasure trove of Festival film in store

Peter Mullan. Pic: Comp
Peter Mullan. Pic: Comp
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ANOTHER year, another Edinburgh International Film Festival.

That’s right, with the start date mere weeks away, the full line-up for the 69th instalment of the world’s longest continually running film festival has been announced - and it’s a treasure trove waiting to be explored.

The Legend of Barney Thomson and Iona, the opening and closing films respectively, were revealed a few weeks ago, signalling a strong Scottish vibe that’s prevalent throughout this year’s programme.

Peter Mullan (pictured), Martin Compston and Ewan McGregor all have films screening during the festival’s 12 day run, and there’s even a documentary about ‘Flying Scotsman’ Graeme Obree.

When not tipping the hat to Scottish filmmaking, it still looks set to be an exciting festival.

Anyone who’s anyone should be looking forward to Pixar’s latest Inside Out, which takes centre stage as this year’s Family Gala.

There’s also strong films in the form of Maggie, Dope, The D Train, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Amy, 45 Years and Cop Car which, judging from the picture of Kevin Bacon sporting a dashing moustache, is one to keep an eye on.

At a time when the multiplexes are crammed full of city-smashing blockbusters (the latest of which, San Andreas, opens in the UK this weekend) the alternatives promised by the festival comes as a relief.

The festival has had a turbulent time over the past few years, but there was a refreshing buzz about Filmhouse as press and industry delegates gathered to sample the programme yesterday morning.

Venues across the city will be involved in the festivities this year, and there are also some exciting, non-film events due to take place, such as a lengthy talk with festival patron and cinematography Seamus McGarvey.