Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: The highlights

The best bits


1 Opening night

The red carpet was rolled out for a glamorous gala screening of drama .

On stage to introduce it was star Felicity Jones, elegant in a Proenza Schouler black-trimmed boucle-jacquard dress with a square-cut neckline.

We then joined guests including Natalie Dormer and Ewen Bremner for an after-party at the National Museum Of Scotland, sipping champagne amid the artifacts before hitting the dancefloor ‘til the early hours.

One of our favourite films of the festival was , an intelligent, entertaining drama starring Alexander Skarsgard as the new lover of Julianne Moore’s rock chick and irresponsible mother.

We loved seeing the True Blood star play against type as a slightly shambolic but big-hearted barman.
3 Greta Gerwig

The funny, quirky indie actress enjoyed returning to Edinburgh for the UK premiere of her new movie , a witty, whimsical comedy about a dancer struggling to find her feet in New York.

Her director and rumoured partner Noah Baumbach was also there for his first visit to the Scottish capital.
4 Great Brits

Juno Temple in psycho thriller Magic Magic, Emma Watson in , Natalie Dormer in The Long Way Home… the film festival was full of fine performances from some of our favourite homespun talents.

We also enjoyed the British comedy Svengali (due in cinemas later this yea), a spin-off of the YouTube hit starring Jonny Owen as an optimistic would-be band manager and Vicky McClure as his long-suffering girlfriend.
5 The sunshine

It may not have lasted but we were lucky enough to hit Edinburgh when the sun was shining – and sun in Edinburgh is a rare and beautiful thing.
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