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Edinburgh International Film Festival opens for 70th year

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Film-goers from around the world are due to descend on the capital for the Edinburgh International Film Festival as it opens for its 70th year later.

It gets under way with a world premiere of Tommy's Honour, a film based on a true story about Scottish golfing pioneer Old Tom Morris.

A remake of the classic Scottish comedy Whisky Galore will close the festival, which runs until 26 June.

Hollywood's Meg Ryan will be in the city with her directorial debut Ithaca.

Tom Riley will attend the world premiere of Starfish, and Robert Sheehan will return to the city with the cast of Goa-set thriller Jet Trash.

Actor Brian Cox appears in two of the festival's films, a comedy, The Carer, and a western, Forsaken, which also stars Donald and Kiefer Sutherland.

Braveheart actor Angus Macfadyean will bring his first film as a director, Macbeth Unhinged, to the festival.

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Image caption The film Tommy's Honour, starring Peter Mullan, will have its world premiere later

The film is a modern, black and white retelling of the Shakespearean tragedy.

Scot Dougray Scott will be starring in the apocalyptic thriller The Rezort.

Jason Connery's drama Tommy's Honour stars Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden.

It is based on a true story and focuses on Morris's turbulent relationship with his son, Tommy.

Gillies Mackinnon's Whisky Galore, features Gregor Fisher, James Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie, Sean Biggerstaff and Eddie Izzard.

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Image caption Actress Meg Ryan bring her directorial debut Ithaca to the festival

Diane Henderson, EIFF deputy artistic director said: "In this special year we're proud to welcome so many exciting and talented guests from all over the world.

"Some we're lucky enough to welcome back and others are here for the very first time.

"If you'd like the chance to rub shoulders with your favourite actor, director, animator or producer, or the opportunity to meet the stars of tomorrow, then EIFF has it all."

The festival will also have a special screening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting and a world premiere screening of the newly 4K restored Highlander, attended by the film's star Clancy Brown.

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