Acting heavyweights Adam Driver and Nicolas Cage will have their new films premiered in Edinburgh next month as part of the 74th international film festival.

Straight off the back of success in the world-renowned Cannes festival, Adam Driver’s new film ‘Annette’ will receive its UK premiere at Edinburgh Filmhouse on August 21. The film picked up the award of best director at the French film festival earlier this month.

Oscar winner Nicolas Cage’s new film ‘Pig’ will get its European Premiere on the August 18 at Festival Theatre’s main hall.

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The festival takes place from August 18 to 23 and will include 31 new feature films, 73 short films, including 18 worldwide premieres, in a hybrid of digital and in-person screenings.

Festival organisers overcame the challenges of the pandemic to deliver a small than usual line-up after 2020’s edition being cancelled.

Lead guest programmer of the festival, Nick Varley said: “This year we have worked hard to ensure a diverse range of voices among the UK, European and international premieres, including achieving gender parity in our main selection.

“It’s been a joy working with such a fantastic team of programmers and we hope cinemagoers enjoy the films as much as we enjoyed selecting them.”

Among the Hollywood elite films set to be shown at the festival is STV’s John MacKay. The news presenter will swap the studio for the silver screen as he stars in the very drama he wrote, The Road Dance. As well as being available on-demand, the pre-WW1 Hebridean drama will also get a screening in the Edinburgh Filmhouse on August 24.

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Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth said she was ‘delighted’ at the prospect of having the festival back to remind us of the ‘magic of watching films on the big screen’.

She said: “This year’s festival programme includes an exciting series of screenings, events and networking opportunities, as well as a series of talent development initiatives, which I am pleased to support.”

Tickets for selected screenings during the festival are available now.