Edinburgh Film Festival: Five to watch

"MONSTERS UNIVERSITY" (L-R) MIKE and SULLEY amongst other monsters. �2012 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Monsters University gets a gala screening at the Festival Theatre. Picture: Disney/Pixar

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THE 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival opens tomorrow with Breathe In at the Festival Theatre, and if monster-sized sequels, Hollywood heists and Scottish romcoms are your thing, then this one’s for you.

Here, Evening News film columnist Jon Melville has whittled the 2013 EIFF programme of 146 films and events down to the five hottest tickets.

So, in no particular order, book up now for these must-see gems, but be quick as they’re selling fast.


In Person: Robert Carlyle, Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Friday, 8.30pm

POSTPONED from 2012’s EIFF, this opportunity to hear actor Robert Carlyle discuss his work on projects as diverse as Trainspotting, The Full Monty and 28 Weeks Later, is unmissable.

Based in Hollywood for most of the year while working on TV series such as Stargate Universe and Once Upon a Time, the actor’s diversity makes him one of Scotland’s finest exports and film fans should try to grab a ticket as soon as possible.


Monsters University, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Sunday, 11.45am & 2.45pm

IT’S been 12 years since Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) found themselves protecting Monstropolis from a young intruder in 2001’s Monsters Inc. Now the duo are back in this prequel, which tells of the their time at, you’ve guessed it, Monsters University.

It seems the friends weren’t always close, the film detailing their rivalry as they attempt to graduate as Scarers.

Listen out for Helen Mirren as the University’s headmistress, Dean Hardscrabble. Produced by Pixar and released by Walt Disney Pictures, Dan Scanlon is the director and Kori Rae the producer. Steve Buscemi, and Frank Oz reprise their roles as Randall Boggs and Jeff Fungus.


Not Another Happy Ending, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 30 June, 8.45pm

EX-DOCTOR Who star and one-time Edinburgh barmaid, Karen Gillan, returns to the city with her first big-screen lead role, Scottish romcom Not Another Happy Ending.

Gillan is Jane Lockhart, an aspiring author who falls in love, only to find that her happiness causes severe writer’s block.

When her agent, Tom (Stanley Weber), decides that the only way to cure her condition is to make her unhappy, he discovers he may have feelings for her himself.


The Bling Ring, Cineworld, Fountainpark, Saturday, 8.30pm & Filmhouse, Lothian Road, Sunday, 6.40pm

SOFIA Coppola has already proved she’s her father’s (Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola) daughter with successful films such as Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides. Now she returns with perhaps her most accessible work.

Based on the true story of Hollywood thieves, the Burglar Bunch, The Bling Ring stars Harry Potter’s Emma Watson as one of a team of teens who rob the mansions of celebrities in LA.

It’s a far cry from Hogwarts, but fans of Watson interested to see her in a new light should find something of interest here.


We Are the Freaks, Cineworld, Fountainpark, Saturday, 9.10pm & Sunday, 1pm

COMBINING the casts of films such as This is England, Kill List and TV shows Fresh Meat and Skins, the 1980s-set We Are The Freaks promises to be one of the EIFF’s odder entries.

Set in 1990 England, the film introduces viewers to three misfits out to have the night of their lives, only for events to take an unexpected turn.

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