The programme for the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival has been unveiled today, revealing the array of films that will be shown during the 66th year of the annual event. Running from the 20th of June to the 1st of July – a total of twelve days – it will feature 121 new films as well as 29 older titles as part of a retrospective, with 19 world premières and a huge 76 UK premières over the two weeks.
Notable films that will be shown include 7 Days in Havana, each day of which was filmed by a separate director; animated movie Brave, starring some well-known voices; 3D adventure Dr Seuss: The Lorax; Shadow Dancer, in which author Tom Bradby provides his own adaptation; and many other interesting titles covering a wide variety of genres, including documentary. There are a large number of Japanese entrants this year, as well as some retrospectives focusing on the work of Japanese directors. Killer Joe will open proceedings, with an interesting cast list (Emile Hirsch/Matthew McConaughey/Juno Temple) and an even more interesting premise – a dim trio from a Dallas trailer park hire a hitman in the interests of collecting insurance money, but things do not go quite to plan.
The awards ceremony on the 30th of June will see prizes for the best British feature film (the Michael Powell Award), the best performance in a British feature film, the best international feature film, the best British and international short films, the best new British animation, and the best film in the Student Critics Jury selection handed out, with the Michael Powell award making a welcome return after its exclusion from the 2011 ceremony. We can certainly expect to see some famous faces appear, and it may well be worth a trip as a film festival that is a little closer to many UK readers than other recent and upcoming events of its kind.