What do Sean Connery, America Ferrera and Nick Hornby have in common? They are all in town for the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The festival, which opened today with a red carpet gala, will run for the next two weeks from June 16-27th. It will showcase some of the hottest and freshest films of the season, like Toy Story 3, the much anticipated animation film The Illusionist (which is set in Edinburgh in the 1950s) and The Runaways, a biopic about a ’70s female rock band, starring Dakota Fanning and Twilight wonder Kristen Stewart. America Ferrera’s latest film The Dry Land will also debut at the festival (fun fact: Established in 1947, it is the world’s oldest running film festival), as will Catherine Zeta Jones’ The Rebound.
Independent film lovers will be pleased as well with the festival’s wide selection of lesser known but artistically powerful films like Son of Babylon (set in war-torn Iraq) and brilliantlove.
My top film choice is Jackboots on Whitehall, a clay-animation film featuring the voice of the my favorite actor, the talented, extremely sexy, and born and bred Scotsman Ewan McGregor. The movie portrays a fictional ending to World War II, with Scottish soldiers defeating the Nazis and saving England and the rest of the Europe.
The film festival also will honor Scotland’s favorite son, Sean Connery, who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year. Check out the June 20th screening of The Man Who Would Be King, which many agree is the actor’s best film. Connery himself will be in attendance!
The Old Town Festival also launched this week; it aspires to educate townees and tourists alike about the history of the Old Town. Featuring men and women in period dress, the festival will include storytelling, various walking tours and reenactments of episodes in Edinburgh’s past. What better way to learn the city’s rich history!