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Edinburgh Film Festival revs up
Gael Garcia Bernal in The Motorcycle Diaries
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal stars in The Motorcycle Diaries
The Motorcycle Diaries, a movie about Che Guevara starring young Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal, opens this year's Edinburgh Film Festival on Wednesday.

The film is based on the Argentinian revolutionary's diaries from his 1950s journey across South America.

Billed as "the UK's most prestigious film festival", the 12-day event has over 100 films and 45 UK premieres.

But it will be without its original closing night film, Wong Kar-Wai's 2046, because it is not yet finished.

Untold Scandal
South Korean film Untold Scandal closes the festival on 29 August
That has been replaced by Untold Scandal, a South Korean remake of Dangerous Liaisons.

The new version is "even more lush, sensual and compelling than the John Malkovich-Glenn Close classic", according to festival artistic director Shane Danielsen.

The Motorcycle Diaries, which shows Guevara as a 23-year-old medical student, was directed by Central Station film-maker Walter Salles and was in competition at Cannes this year.

Mr Danielsen said other highlights would range from an Iranian black comedy, Bitter Dream, to a "hip youth flick" from Kazakhstan, Little Men.

Super Size Me
Super Size Me follows one man's month-long McDonald's diet
"Our appetites are insatiable, our tastes are broad - we don't confine ourselves to one style of film-making, or one country," he said.

It was also the strongest line-up in the British Gala section in recent years, he said, with highlights expected to include family drama Dear Frankie, Ken Loach's Ae Fond Kiss and Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes.

In the documentary section, a film of one man's month-long diet of fast food - Super Size Me - will be among the high-profile offerings, getting its Scottish premiere.


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