Thriller “Killer Joe” to kick off 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) announced today that William Friedkin’s shockingly cool and blackly comic noir thriller KILLER JOE will be the Opening Gala at the 66th edition of the Festival on Wednesday, 20 June. The EIFF runs from 20 June to 1 July 2012.

Released in the UK by Entertainment One UK, KILLER JOE is directed by William Friedkin (THE FRENCH CONNECTION; THE EXORCIST) and stars Matthew McConaughey,    Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.

The film will have its UK premiere at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Wednesday, 20 June, with William Friedkin and cast in attendance, and will open nationwide on 29 June.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “The opening gala of the Edinburgh International Film Festival is always a special event, which showcases Scotland’s standing in the arts world to international industry, media and guests. We have seen some wonderful films in previous years, and I have no doubt that William Friedkin’s latest film ‘Killer Joe’ will be no exception. 2012 is the Year of Creative Scotland and we already know that EIFF will host the European premiere of Disney Pixar’s Brave at the closing gala, which is a fantastic coup. Scotland is the perfect stage for major cultural events, and it will be exciting to see what other surprises Chris Fujiwara has in store for us during his first year as artistic director of the EIFF.”

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