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Ewan McGregor's Jesus features at Edinburgh film festival

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Image caption Ewan McGregor in Last Days in the Desert

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor's portrayal of Jesus during his 40-day fast in the desert will be screened at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.

McGregor will talk about the Last Days in the Desert during the festival, where his Trainspotting co-star Robert Carlyle makes a debut as a director.

Carlyle's film, The Legend of Barney Thomson, sees a barber with a dull life from Glasgow turn into a serial killer.

The festival runs from 17 to 28 June.

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Image caption The film about singer Amy Winehouse was dubbed 'tainted' by her father, Mitch Winehouse

Other highlights include:

  • Amy - the UK premiere of Asif Kapadia's controversial Amy Winehouse documentary
  • Maggie - an indie film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a tormented father tending his zombie daughter
  • Love and Mercy - a biopic of Beach Boys star Brian Wilson, featuring John Cusack and Paul Dano
  • Inside Out - the latest Pixar film, which received rapturous reviews in Cannes
  • Under Milk Wood - a new adaptation of the Dylan Thomas classic, starring Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church
  • 45 Years - Andrew Haigh's marital drama which picked up best actor and actress prizes for Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling at the Berlin Film Festival
  • Back to the Future - a 30th anniversary screening with accompaniment from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
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Image caption Inside Out, the latest Pixar film, is set in the mind of a young girl who moves to a new home

Alongside McGregor, Live and Let Die actor Jane Seymour and Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell will be giving talks for their starring roles in Bereave, a film about a fatally ill man and his missing wife.

Festival director Mark Adams said there was "something for everyone".

And Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said the festival showcased Scottish talent alongside "some of the best" of world cinema.

She said the festival had an "important role" to play in developing skills to support Scottish film in future.

Earlier in the month it was announced that a drama featuring the island of Iona will close this year's festival and receive its world premiere.

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