FILM NEWS: Killer Joe To Open The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival
April 19, 2012 1 Comment
Under new management and with its red carpets and awards back in place after a year away, the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival looks already to be a return to form after 2011′s lacklustre affair.
With Pixar’s Brave locked in for the Closing Gala and twice as many première’s expected compared to the year before, artistic director Chris Fujiwara has now announced the film that has been chosen to open the festival.
William Friedkin thriller Killer Joe will have that particular honour when it débuts at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Wednesday, June 20th, with Friedkin and his star-studded cast in attendance.
According to Fujiwara, “We’re delighted to be opening this year’s Festival with Killer Joe. For my first year as Artistic Director, I intend to deliver a diverse programme that will spotlight filmmaking of real artistic distinction. William Friedkin’s exhilarating, intense, and brilliantly crafted film is absolutely in keeping with this ambition”.
The film follows Emile Hirsch’s Chris Smith, a 22-year old drug dealer who hires the titular killer (Matthew McConaughey) in order to murder his own mother in order to access her $50,000 life insurance policy. With his younger sister (Juno Temple) invested as sexual collateral, Smith’s situation soon becomes desperate as things don’t quite go to plan.
The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival will run from June 20th to July 1st, and you can find my full coverage over on HeyUGuys once proceedings are underway.