We’re only a few weeks away from the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest continual running film festival in the world. Last year was undoubtedly lacking in many ways because of behind-the-scenes troubles, though not the disaster some made it out to be, but with the addition of new Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara things are certainly looking up for 2012’s festival.

The official programme for the EIFF 2012 was launched today and by the looks of things they continue to make good on their promise of celebrating both British and international talent, although there seems to be favoring of the latter this time around. There will be 19 world premieres, including Nathan Silver’s Exit Elena, Maja Borg’s Future My Love and the British remake of Nichol Winding Refn’s Pusher; 13 international premieres including the Benicio Del Toro and Gasper Noe (plus many more) co-directed 7 Days In Havana (fresh from Cannes), Jang Kun-jae’s Sleepless Night and the Robert Carlyle-starring California Solo; and 11 European premieres including Bobcat Goldthwaite’s follow-up to World’s Greatest Dad entitled God Bless America and Mania Akbari’s ONE.TWO.ONE.

Probably the two biggest inclusions in the line-up are those which open and close it: William Friedkin’s violent crime drama Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Thomas Haden Church, and Pixar’s latest film Brave, a Scottish-set fairy tale with the voice talent of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Robbie Coltrane and Emma Thompson. Quite the bookends indeed.

The festival also includes special screenings and events, restored classics and, as always, a retrospective which this time focuses on director Shinji Somai “presenting the world of a neglected master of Japanese cinema.”

Here is the list of premieres:

World Premieres

  • Berberian Sound Studio
  • Borrowed Time
  • Day Of The Flowers
  • Exit Elena
  • Flying Blind
  • Fred
  • Future My Love
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Here, Then
  • Leave It On The Track
  • The Life And Times Of Paul The Psychic Octopus
  • Life Just Is
  • Mnl 143
  • Nfa
  • One Mile Away
  • Philippine New Wave: This Is Not A Film Movement
  • Pusher
  • Shell
  • What Is This Film Called Love?

International Premieres

  • 7 Days In Havana
  • Attractive Illusion
  • California Solo
  • Evelyn
  • Flicker
  • Forever Loved
  • Of Skies And Earth
  • Riding Zorro
  • Sleepless Night
  • The Suburban Trilogy
  • Sun Don’t Shine
  • Tondo, Beloved: To What Are The Poor Born?
  • The Unspeakable Act

European Premieres

  • The 99 Unbound
  • Brave
  • God Bless America
  • Grabbers
  • Here, There
  • The Imposter
  • Mirage
  • One.Two.One
  • The Search For Emak Bakia
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • Young Dudes

Thoughts On Film will be there to cover the festival during its entire run between June 20th and July 1st when you can expect reviews of as many films as possible.  Box office for tickets opens at 10am tomorrow May 31st, visit the EIFF website for more details. You can view an online version of the festival programme here and watch the promo below.