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Thursday, 3 August, 2000, 14:45 GMT 15:45 UK
Edinburgh's films in the picture
This year's Edinburgh International Film Festival will bring the cinema world to the Scottish capital for the 54th year.

It starts with Lars Von Trier's Dancer In The Dark, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes earlier this year, and ends across the world with In The Mood For Love, a tale of unrequited passion from Hong Kong's Wong Kar-Wai.

In between, there is the usual mix of star-studded premières and dicussions with directors, and artistic director Lizzie Francke is promising films to "remind us just why cinema is the light in the dark".

Dancer In The Dark has its UK première on 13 August
Björk stars as a blind factory worker in Dancer In The Dark. She will join director Lars Von Trier at the film's UK première

Aberdeen shows on 23 August
Charlotte Rampling, Lena Headley, Stellan Skarsgard and Ian Hart appear in the moving drama Aberdeen

Billy Elliot shows on 20 and 24 August
Julie Walters and Jamie Bell star in Billy Elliot, the story of a boy from the north of England who becomes a ballet dancer

Hotel Splendide shows on 20 and 23 August
Daniel Craig and Toni Collette star in Hotel Splendide, a dark comedy about a decaying guest house populated by misfits

The House of Mirth shows on 19 and 24 August
The House of Mirth will recieve its world première: Gillian Anderson plays American socialite Lily Bart in a period drama

O Brother, Where Art Thou? shows on 23 August
George Clooney is an escaped chain-gang convict on the run in America's Deep South in the 1940s in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Purely Belter shows on 14 and 17 August
Chris Beattie and Greg McLane play two Newcastle United fans trying to earn money to buy a season ticket in Purely Belter

Time Code 2000 shows on 15 August
Saffron Burrows in Time Code 2000 - four seperate takes, shot simultaneously and presented on one screen split into quarters

Titus shows on 26 August
Sir Anthony Hopkins in Julie Taymor's adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus, which also stars Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming
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