The Ooh Tray at the 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Once more The Ooh Tray is descending upon Edinburgh to bring you considered coverage of the 65th International Film Festival.

A slimmed down programme looks set to reinvigorate the Scottish Capital’s fortnight of film which last year was criticised in some quarters for listing toward the commercial.

James Mulligan, EIFF’s new festival director said,

“We’ve developed some genuinely innovative content for the 2011 programme, building on the strong heritage and reputation of Edinburgh as one of the original pioneers of the global film festival.”

It’s a varied line up indeed. John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard kicks off proceedings; a promising Irish comedy thriller, to be followed by the premiere of David Hare’s political thriller, Page Eight. Other highlights include Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, Jack Goes Boating, Kim Cattrall’s feminist baiting Meet Monica Velour and chess legend portrait, Bobby Fischer Against the World.

We’ll be posting reviews of our picks of the festival over the next fortnight so if you don’t already have us bookmarked, fate’s delivered a golden opportunity to do so.

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