The Guard opens Edinburgh International Film Festival

This morning the Edinburgh International Film Festival launched its programme revealing the Michael McDonagh’s Irish comedy thriller The Guard, will be its opening night film and Tilda Swinton, the festival patron’s We Need to Talk about Kevin is not yet even on the bill.

The EIFF celebrating its 65th years is from June 15 through the 26th and this year there are plans to break from tradition. But as always the programme promises 24 hour debates, cinema recreations in open spaces, live music with cineconcerts, exhibitions and a mobile bike-powered cinema.

The films that will feature at the EIFF for opening night is the UK premiere of The Guard an Irish comedy thriller that stars Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson. There are also international films like Jack Goes Boating and Meet Monica Velour that stars Kim Cattrall and Paul Fraser’s Mr Brothers.

European showcases thus far include The Last Circus, the hot mocumentary The Troll Hunter, the Baldvin Zophonisasson feature Jitters about coming of age and Pascal Arnold’s European premiere American Translation. James Mullighan the festival director says that in a short amount of time we have put together some real innovative content for this year’s 2011 festival programme.

Even though it is the 65th years he says they are not easing into senior citizenship, instead the team at EIFF has taken the essential step of looking into the future and in order to please the modern audiences reinventing the festival. The future is now and it is extremely exciting yet at times daunting and one that has sparked a great deal of debate from advisors, organizers and fans alike.