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Monsters University scares at EIFF

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Edinburgh International Film Festival is to screen Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is this year’s Family Gala, screening at the Festival Theatre in 3D on Sunday 23 June with a schools screening on Monday 24 June at Cineworld.

 

Edinburgh audiences were the first in the UK to see “WALL-E”, “Toy Story 3”, “Ratatouille” and “Brave”.

 

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realise they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

 

Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles”, “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award- winning composer Randy Newman.

 

In addition to the Family Gala and schools screening of “Monsters University”, EIFF boasts a number of events and activities for young people keen to explore the world of film.

 

For students aged 15-17 years taking Higher Media Studies, Media Days on 26 & 27 June will provide an exciting insight to EIFF. Each day includes the premiere of a new film and the screening of a short film, along with meetings with filmmaker guests and presentations from individuals from across the film and creative industries.

 

Previous guests have included directors, actors, cinematographers, games designers and composers. Guests in 2012 included director Benjamin Pascoe; Noe Mendelle from the Scottish Documentary Institute; Jacqui Barr from BBC Films; director John Roberts; producer Jonathan Roe; writer Eirene Houston and composer John Lunn.

 

The film opens in UK cinemas on 12 July 2013.

Opening & Closing films of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Drake Doremus’ emotional drama Breathe In will open this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival on 19 June 2013.

 

The film follows broke cellist Pearce, whose life is turned upside down when a British exhange student comes to stay with his daughter.

 

EIFF’s director Chris Fujiwara commented: “In a healthy year for American cinema, Breathe In is clearly a stand-out. It’s an emotionally powerful, beautifully understated and intelligent work from director-writer Drake Doremus, who reveals tremendous sensitivity, style and skill. He also draws superb performances from Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones. Breathe In is the ideal opening film for our festival this year.”

 

Doremus will attend the European premiere in Edinburgh for the film.

 

There will also be a retrospective of director Richard Fleischer. The filmmaker made a variety of Hollywood movies ranging from film noir to science fiction.

 

“Some of Fleischer’s films, such as The Vikings and Fantastic Voyage, are fantasies that can be appreciated on one level by children and on other levels by adults. Others, such as The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing, The Boston Strangler and 10 Rillington Place, are sophisticated thrillers that work in unpredictable ways to engage and challenge the viewer. He is a great director to study to see how the most mainstream forms of film entertainment can be filled with artistic purpose and imagination,” said EIFF artistic director Chris Fujiwara.

 

The retrospective includes Joan Collins as The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), The Narrow Margin (1952) , Rachel Welch in Fantastic Voyage (1966), Tony Curtis and Henry Fonda in The Boston Strangler (1968), Richard Attenborough and John Hurt in 10 Rillington Place (1971).

 

While the Festival will close with the world premiere of John McKay’s Not Another Happy Ending, which stars Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan.

 

When struggling, maverick publisher Tomas Duval (Stanley Weber) discovers his only successful author Jane Lockhart (Gillan) has writer’s block. He knows if he does not unblock her, that he is finished. With her newfound success, she’s become too happy and she can’t write when she’s happy. The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more Tomas realises he is in love with her.

 

Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “Speaking as somebody who, before coming to Scotland, knew Scotland partly through its portrayal in films, I’m really excited to find in Not Another Happy Ending a fresh, interesting, and almost idyllic take on the cultural vibrancy of Scottish city life. The film also shows how well the time-honoured genre of romantic comedy can work in the contemporary Scottish context. The film will add just the right note of celebration with which to close our festival this year.”

 

Producer Claire Mundell called the film “unashamedly upbeat, romantic and funny”.

 

This year’s EIFF runs 19-30 June. It will also see the revival of the missed Audience Award, returning after a two year absence.