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Thursday, July 15, 1999 Published at 16:15 GMT 17:15 UK


Gregory's back for Edinburgh

John Gordon Sinclair in the BBC's My Summer With Des

The premieres of the sequel to Gregory's Girl and a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair are among the highlights of next month's Edinburgh Film Festival.

The fortnight-long event, from 15-29 August, will also see the launch of Mark Addy's first film since he shot to fame in The Full Monty, The Last Yellow.

The Thomas Crown Affair's star, Pierce Brosnan, will be among a host of film heavyweights appearing in the Scottish capital. Cate Blanchett will launch her film Pushing Tin, which also stars John Cusack.

International directors with films premiering at the festival include Canadian Atom Egoyan, Spaniard Pedro Almodovar and US film-maker Robert Altman.

[ image: Cate Blanchett: Her film Pushing Tin will be premiered]
Cate Blanchett: Her film Pushing Tin will be premiered
Launching the festival, events director Lizzie Francke said: "The film festival shrinks the world in two weeks and in doing so expands our vision of it. Dip into the festival and you dip into the world."

Gregory's Two Girls, Bill Forsyth's follow up to his 1981 comedy hit, will be premiered at the festival. John Gordon Sinclair takes the title role once again, while This Year's Love star Dougray Scott also appears.

Bob Hoskins stars in Shane Meadows' new film A Room For Romeo Brass, while The Thomas Crown Affair is a remake of the 1968 thriller which starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo star in the new version.

Scottish film to open event

Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans appears in Elephant Juice, which reunites This Life actress Daniela Nardini with the creator of the BBC Two drama, Amy Jenkins.

[ image: Rhys Ifans: Notting Hill star appears in Elephant Juice]
Rhys Ifans: Notting Hill star appears in Elephant Juice
For the first time since 1994 a Scottish film will open the festival, Glasgow-based drama Ratcatcher.

Closing the festival is Beautiful People - a comedy about Bosnian refugees which stars Four Weddings And A Funeral actress Charlotte Coleman.

Rock 'n' roll comedy Sugar Town sees three 1980s pop stars team up. Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp - now an actor in EastEnders - appears with former Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and singer Michael Des Barres, who played in Taylor's band The Power Station.

French band Air - whose album Moon Safari was one of 1998's pop successes - will also be at the festival to discuss the relationship between music and marketing.

The animation section will see Roobarb and Custard creator Bob Godfrey present his comedy shorts The Many Deaths of Norman Spittal.

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