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2013 Edinburgh Film Festival line up announced

Emma Watson
Image caption Sofia Coppola's new film The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson, will have its UK premiere at the festival

Harry Potter star Emma Watson's new film The Bling Ring will have its UK premiere at the 2013 Edinburgh Film Festival, organisers have announced.

The line up for the 67th annual festival in June includes 146 films from around the world.

Scottish actor Robert Carlyle, who was forced to pull out last year with illness, is among guest appearances.

The programme also features a number of new Scottish films, including The Great Hip Hop Hoax, about two Scots rappers.

The documentary tells the story of students Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain, aka "Silibil 'n' Brains", who set out to fake it as rap stars in America.

The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola's tale of a gang of Los Angeles fame-obsessed teenagers who rob the homes of celebrities, is one of 30 films that will premiere in the UK at the festival.

'Outstanding work'

Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt, Alan Partridge-creator Steve Coogan, and star of The Hobbit, Martin Freeman, are among the other British actors who feature in the festival's film line-up.

The festival's artistic director Chris Fujiwara said: "I'm very proud that in my second year at the festival we've again put together a programme that reflects our festival's commitment to international cinema, while giving our audiences opportunities to discover a broad range of outstanding work from British filmmakers.

"In our new "American Dreams" strand we bring the highlights from an exceptionally good year for American independent cinema.

"Altogether, our programme is filled with films that I'm sure our audiences will find exciting and inspiring."

World premieres

This year the festival will showcase films from 53 countries, including 14 World premieres, six International premieres and 10 European premieres.

The directors' showcase will feature Alex Gibney's film We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.

Image caption Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan's film, Not Another Happy Ending, will close the festival

Other special screenings include the documentary Fire in the Night, which tells the story of the Piper Alpha oil platform disaster in which 167 men died.

It is based on a book by The Scotsman journalist Stephen McGinty, which was pieced together from eye-witness accounts.

Animator Richard Williams, best known as creator of Roger Rabbit, will present the festival's McLaren Award, for new British animation.

The retrospective Richard Williams: 80 Animated Years will celebrate his life work.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from 19 to 30 June.

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