AMERICAN comedian Simon Helberg has been handed the prestigious closing night gala slot at the Edinburgh International Film Festival with his directorial debut.
The star of The Big Bang Theory also has the lead role in We’ll Never Have Paris, a romantic comedy about a man-child unable to propose to his long-term girlfriend. It is said to be largely based on the relationship between Heldberg and his wife Joycelyn Towne, who is also the co-director.
The film, which also features Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto and Spiderman 2’s Alfred Molina, will get its international premiere at the Festival Theatre on 29 June.
Festival director Chris Fujiwara said: “With We’ll Never Have Paris, a funny and very personal romantic comedy, we’ll be able to close this year’s festival on a real high note. It’s a film of great charm and considerable intelligence, and Simon Helberg is brilliant in it.”
Heldberg said: “It is an unbelievable thrill to be picked as the coveted closing night film at such a legendary festival. We hope the people of Scotland will find our pain and suffering as funny as we do.”
This year’s EIFF, which will run from 18-29 June, will also feature major focuses on German and Iranian cinema. Edinburgh’s regular avant-garde arts night Neu! Reekie! will be taking over Summerhall during the festival for a day of German-themed animation and films, accompanied by live music and performance.