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Ed's Off to a flying start - the 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival underway

Sam Mendes was in Edinburgh last night with Sean Connfery and Alan Cumming for the opening night gala of his film Away We Go - which has great buzz here in New York where it's already openend. Amidst news that Lars von Trier will now attend the festival next week for the just added UK premiere of AntiChrist, , the festival looks set to continue its mission of discovery with a total of 23 world premieres. Also expected are Alfonso Cuarón, Andrea Arnold, Brenda Blethyn, Darren Aronofsky, Gael Garcia Bernal, Guy Pearce, Hugh Dancy, Jesse Eisenberg, Joe Dante, John Krasinski, Kathryn Bigelow, William H. Macy and Kate Winslet.

Good coverage at the BBC and some video from the opening here.