Meg Ryan to attend EIFF

Star to bring Ithaca to Edinburgh.

by Amber Wilkinson

Meg Ryan will attend Edinburgh with her directorial debut Ithaca
Meg Ryan will attend Edinburgh with her directorial debut Ithaca
Sleepless In Seattle star Meg Ryan will be among the guests attending the 70th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival. Other stars on the guest list include Da Vinci's Demons star Tom Riley.

Ryan will be bringing her directorial debut Ithaca to the festival - set during the Second World War, it tells the story of a teenage bicycle telegram messenger. Riley will be in town for the world premiere of Starfish, which tells the story of a family's bid to stay together after the husband is diagnosed with a rare illness. Love/Hate star Robert Sheehan will return to the city with the cast of Goa-set thriller Jet Trash.

Jet Trash
Jet Trash
EIFF deputy artistic director Diane Henderson said: “In this special year we're proud to welcome so many exciting and talented guests from all over the world. Some we're lucky enough to welcome back and others are here for the very first time.

"If you'd like the chance to rub shoulders with your favourite actor, director, animator or producer, or the opportunity to meet the stars of tomorrow, then EIFF has it all. Join us at a screening, a Youth Hub event, or pop into EIFF HQ at Filmhouse, where guests and audiences will mingle until late every night of the Festival.”

Confirmed for the Michael Powell Jury to select the best British feature are Sex & The City's Kim Cattrall, Spanish filmmaker Icíar Bollaín and actor Clancy Brown. Angus Macfadyen will sit on the International Jury as well as actress Sadie Frost and Screen International editor Matt Mueller. Dougray Scott and Doctor Who's Freema Agyeman will sit on the Documentary Jury, while short film producer Rebecca Mark-Lawson, film development executive Hilary Davis and filmmaker Ashley Horner will be judging the short titles in competition.

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