Day Two: Tuesday 15th August

Star power floods Edinburgh as Snow Cake premieres. And there was a few surprise guests, too!

by Chris Docker

Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman

Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman

Stars tread the red carpet - Sigourney Weaver, JK Rowling, Steve Coogan and Alan Rickman blazed a trail of glory at the opening of Snow Cake. Hundreds of autograph hunters, press, photographers and queues of fans flocked to Cineworld and the impressive Dominion cinema today to see the celebrities.

JK Rowling was a surprise guest at the premiere of Snow Cake, and the assembled throng exploded when she stepped out of the car. She has a special interest in Ms Weaver's new film and also in autism, one of the film's themes. Rowling's 'leading man', Daniel Radcliffe (who plays Harry Potter in the film versions of the books), has not only raised funds for the National Autistic Society but also guested on a DVD (aimed at both actors and people with autism) about the link between facial expressions and emotions.

Ms Weaver seemed to love small children waiting for autographs, but she did get round to answering some of our questions, very graciously in the small time available, as well as posing dramatically while sitting on the carpet that hugged the Dominion steps. Earlier in the day she became the first recipient of the Festival's new Diamond Award, and was praised for 'the intelligence she brings to every role'. (If you missed her highly recommended new film, it has one more showing on Thursday, before going on general release on 8th September.)

My Country, My Country was the first of several outstanding documentaries touching on the big political issues of the day (set in Iraq) and will be followed tomorrow by 5 Days (a furore-creating Israeli film about the disengagement from Gaza) and An Inconvenient Truth, where former presidential candidate Al Gore, in person, presents his film about global warming.

Also coming up tomorrow, Wednesday 16th:
John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, and Max Minghella star in Art School Confidential, a dark comedy in the Ghost World tradition. EIFF announced today that some extra tickets have been made available, so if it was sold out when you tried before, get in quick! For those who love wacky horror, The Host will delight and repel in equal measure (see our reviews!). Think monsters. Think slapstick. Think silly and scary before you have time to draw your next breath. In the packed press screening, many were ecstatic, others almost fell asleep, but to know which camp you're in you'll probably need to see this, one of the most talked about films of the Festival so far.

See you tomorrow, when I'll be watching to see if EIFF have defused the public outcry raging over two films, and hopefully give you a sneak preview of the new movie produced by the amazing model-turned-Oscar-winning-actress Charlize Theron. Want to find out how to kick off your shoes with the stars? Check out the features section where we also reveal whether Sigourney Weaver has tried any Scottish . . . errr . . . delicacies . . . !

Share this with others on...
News

Engaging Martin Scorsese Gay Talese on Martin Scorsese and The Irishman

Recording the soul Arnaud Desplechin on editing, Oh Mercy! and Cries And Whispers

A contemporary character Pietro Marcello on his film of Martin Eden and Jack London’s novel

The making of a hybrid Bertrand Bonello on histories and Zombi Child

An enigma Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne on Young Ahmed

A world of friendship Nichola Burley and Roxanne Scrimshaw talk about living the dream and creating characters in Lynn + Lucy

Oscar animation longlist revealed 32 films under consideration

Black Hat takes this year's Iris Prize My Brother Is A Mermaid wins Best British Short

More news and features

We're bring you coverage of this year's Cambridge Film Festival.



We're looking forward to New York's NewFest, the London Korean Film Festival and the French Film Festival.



We've recently been at the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff, Manchester's Grimmfest, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, the San Sebastian Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in Austin.



Read our full for more.


Visit our festivals section.

Interact

More competitions coming soon.