KILLER JOE To Open This Year’s 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Been a cinephile it’s great to say the oldest film festival in the world is in Scotland  and this June Edinburgh International Film Festival will celebrate it’s 66th year and will open with William Friedkin’s KILLER JOE.

The festival’s artistic director Chris Fujiwara announced the news today, the the Exorcist director’s noir thriller will make it’s UK Premiere on 20th June. The film stars Matthew McConaughey who plays Killer Joe Cooper a hitman hired by a young man (Emile Hirsch) whose life is spiralling out of control and hires Joe to kill his mother to get her insurance policy. Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church and Gina Gershon also star in the the film.

Chris Fujiwara said: “We’re delighted to be opening this year’s Festival with KILLER JOE. For my first year as Artistic Director, I intend to deliver a diverse programme that will spotlight filmmaking of real artistic distinction. William Friedkin’s exhilarating, intense, and brilliantly crafted film is absolutely in keeping with this ambition.

The film is to be released by Entertainment One in UK on June 29th and we do expect some of the film’s cast and crew to be in attendance, Killer Joe will be joined by Pixar animations BRAVE which will close the festival on June 30th and that will also be the film’s European Premiere. The Peoples Movies & Cinehouse will be in attendance at the festival, we’ll do our best to bring as much coverage from the festival as possible. No Uk or American trailer has been released just yet for Killer Joe but below is a teaser clip released  for the film’s world premier at last years Toronto film festival.

Full press release below:

THRILLER “KILLER JOE” TO KICK OFF EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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.

Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “We’re delighted to be opening this year’s Festival with KILLER JOE. For my first year as Artistic Director, I intend to deliver a diverse programme that will spotlight filmmaking of real artistic distinction. William Friedkin’s exhilarating, intense, and brilliantly crafted film is absolutely in keeping with this ambition.”

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.

KILLER JOE director William Friedkin said: “KILLER JOE is about the Good and Evil in everyone, the struggle for our better angels to triumph over our demons. Often lost. The thin line between the policeman and the criminal. It’s also a riff on the Cinderella story, wherein she finds her prince, but he turns out to be a hired killer. I would also like to thank the Edinburgh International Film Festival for honouring our film with this screening, uncut. Of a film the Motion Picture Association of America has expressed a desire to censor.”

22 year-old Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch: INTO THE WILD; MILK) is a drug dealer down on his luck, but things are about to go from bad to worse when he hires the unexpectedly charming hit man Killer Joe (Matthew McConaughey: THE LINCOLN LAWYER; HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS; A TIME TO KILL) to murder his own mother for her $50,000 life insurance policy. With barely a dollar to his name Chris agrees to offer up his younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple: upcoming DIRTY GIRL; THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; ATONEMENT), as sexual collateral in exchange for Joe’s services until he receives the insurance money. That is, if it ever does come in.

KILLER JOE will be released by Entertainment One on 29 June. As previously announced, EIFF’s Closing Gala will be the European premiere of Disney-Pixar’s BRAVE on 30 June.

source EIFF