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Edinburgh International Film Festival (20 June - 1 July 2012)

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is a world renowned celebration of International cinema held annually in Scotland’s capital. 2012 sees the 66th EIFF take place from 20 June to 1 July.

Films are showcased in venues across the city at the Filmhouse, Cameo, Festival Theatre and George Square Theatre, along with unique festival events including outdoor screenings, workshops and discussions.

Opening Night – 20 June 2012

It was announced today that William Friedkin’s thriller Killer Joe will be the festival's opening night gala.

Killer Joe - opening night film

From the director of The French Connection and The Exorcist and starring Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, it is the story of drug dealer Chris Smith. Down on his luck, he hires hit man Killer Joe to murder his own mother for her $50,000 life insurance policy. With barely a dollar to his name Chris agrees to offer up his younger sister, Dottie, as collateral in exchange for Joe’s services until he receives the insurance money. That is, if it ever does come in.

"Killer Joe is about the Good and Evil in everyone, the struggle for our better angels to triumph over our demons. Often lost. The thin line between the policeman and the criminal. It's also a riff on the Cinderella story, wherein she finds her prince, but he turns out to be a hired killer. I would also like to thank the Edinburgh International Film Festival for honouring our film with this screening, uncut. Of a film the Motion Picture Association of America has expressed a desire to censor." William Friedkin, Director.

Closing Night - 30 June 2012

The closing night film has been announced as Brave, the latest Disney-Pixar animated movie. Set in Scotland and featuring a whole host of UK stars, Edinburgh is the perfect place for Brave to make its European Premiere.

Brave - closing night film

The film tells the story of courageous Scottish princess Merida, a skilled archer determined to carve her own path in life. Defying a sacred Scottish custom, she inadvertently unleashes the fury of her family and turns to an eccentric witch for help. The chaos which ensues forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery. With voices from the likes of Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane, this is sure to be another Disney-Pixar hit.

“Brave will be the most high-profile film ever set in, and themed around, Scotland, featuring Scottish stars. We are looking at a film which comes from the award-winning team behind such box office smashes as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Up, and will create global buzz when it is released.” Alex Salmond, First Minister for Scotland.

A full programme of showings and events will soon be available to view on the EIFF website.

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