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Pixar’s new film to close Edinburgh Film Festival
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond announced at a tourism conference in Perth today that the Edinburgh International Film Festival will host the European premiere of Disney-Pixar’s eagerly anticipated new fairytale animation Brave.
The announcement comes days after VisitScotland revealed it had joined forces with Disney-Pixar in a campaign which is designed to promote Scottish tourism across the world and bring a boost to the Scottish economy.
It also comes three days after Alex Salmond called Scottish independence a “natural” next step at an SNP conference.
“Brave will be the most high-profile film ever set in, and themed around, Scotland, featuring Scottish stars,” he said.
“This will present us with an immense opportunity when Scotland will be centre stage in the film with all the tourism and business opportunities this will bring. I fully expect that as the film launches across the world, so will awareness of Scotland increase.”
Disney-Pixar’s new animated film ‘Brave’ is set in the highlands and stars Emma Thompson, Billy Connoly, Kelly Macdonald and Julie Walters.
Brave is set for cinematic release on August 17 this year. Macdonald stars as the wildly flame-haired and impetuous princess heroine called Merida. Connolly and Thompson play the voices of her royal parents, and Walters will play an old woman who grants the naive Merida an ill-fated wish. The film was written by Brenda Chapman and directed by Mark Andrews, who has worked as an animator and storyboard artist at Pixar since 1994.
The film marks a departure for the studios, both in animation style as well as its tone. The fantasy adventure, written in keeping with the traditional Grimms fairytales stories, it is said to be “darker” than previous big-hitters such as Toy Story and Finding Nemo.
The stars and filmmakers will attend the closing night of the Edinburgh Film Festival on 30 June. The EIFF takes place from 20 June to 1 July this year, is the longest constantly running film festival anywhere in the world.
Now in its 66th year, the event has been in decline since it moved from its usual August date, when it ran alongside the larger Edinburgh Festival and fringe.
Source: The Telegraph