The official programme for the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival was announced earlier today, featuring a wide variety of exciting films from around the world.

The programme not only represents how the Edinburgh International Film Festival will continue to be a cutting-edge platform for UK film, but also how it plans to adapt itself in light of recent budget cuts.

John Michael McDonagh’s comedy-thriller The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, has been chosen as the Festival’s Opening Gala. The film follows an unorthodox Irish policeman (Gleeson) whose teamed up with an uptight FBI agent (Cheadle) to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

Other films of interest include The Divide, starring Lauren German and Milo Ventimiglia; Perfect Sense, starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green; Meet Monica Velour, starring Kim Cattrall and Dustin Ingram; and The Borrower Arriety, the latest film from Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli.

In addition to the comprehensive range of films on offer, there will be the Nokia Shorts Weekend, classic films, retrospectives and interviews – including a very special BAFTA Scotland Interview with Bill Nighy, who stars in festival pick Page Eight.

The 65th Edinburgh Film Festival will run fromJune 15th – June 26th, and you can browse the full programme here.