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Edinburgh International Film Festival Announces Slate for 60th Festival

Artistic Director Shane Danielsen announced the final program details for the 60th edition of the

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF)

. This year, the Festival will showcase 163 films from 37 countries, including 118 features of which 34 are world or international premieres and 70 are UK premieres.

EIFF 2006 takes place from Monday, August 14 through Sunday, August 27. Though normally a 12-day event, the festival has been extended two days this year in celebration of its 60th year.

The fesitval will feature nine Gala Presentations including Kevin Smith’s “Clerks II”; Terry Zwigoff’s “Art School Confidential”; Cory Edwards’ “Hoodwinked”; Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ “Little Miss Sunshine”; Patrick Stettner’s “The Night Listener”; Billy Kent’s “The Oh in Ohio”; Hilary Brougher’s “Stephanie Daley”; and Oren Rudavsky’s “The Treatment”.

The British Gala line-up includes 12 films: “Brothers of the Head”; “Cargo”; “Colour Me Kubrick”; “Dead Man’s Cards”; “Driving Lessons”; “The Killing of John Lennon”; “Life and Lyrics”; “Lives of the Saints”; “London to Brighton”; “Shoot the Messenger”; “Snow Cake”; and “Someone Else”.

The festival’s Opening Night Film is a world premiere of “The Flying Scotsman” from Director Douglas Mackinnon. The film stars Johnny Lee Miller and Billy Boyd. It is the true story of Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, a former world champion who broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own design, made partly out of sections of a washing machine. It follows his life’s victories as well as his battles with mental health problems.

Other World Premieres at this year’s Festival include James Marquand’s “Dead Man’s Cards”; Andrew Piddington’s “The Killing of John Lennon”; Richard Laxton’s “Life and Lyrics”; Paul Andrew Williams’ “London to Brighton”; Col Spector’s “Someone Else”; Oliver Rihs’ “Black Sheep”; Simone Van Dusseldorp’s “Deep”; Guy Moshe’s “Holly”; and Xiaolu Guo’s “How is Your Fish Today.”

Extra attention will be paid to documentaries at this year’s Festival with 23 documentary films being screened in competition. EIFF began its life in 1947 as a documentary-based Festival, established in the wake of World War II and has maintained its reputation for programming and championing the best and the new in the documentary genre.

The Rosebud section offers 36 features that are directorial/filmmaker debuts, while the Directors’ Showcase features 24 films from countries around the world and the Late Night Romps will present five films. The Festival also has special categories for music videos (Mirrorball), abstract and artistic films (Black Box) as well as short films and animated fare.

This year’s Festival will feature an all-new award for international documentary features as well as a 1970s retrospective titled “They Might Be Giants: Other Voices From the New American Cinema”, and a Mitchell Leisen retrospective featuring 13 of the celebrated director’s films during the Festival.