Ewan McGregor to attend gala screening of new film in Edinburgh

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is to present his new film, American Pastoral, at a gala screening for the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) in November.

The actor best known for his roles in Trainspotting, the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Moulin Rogue will be present on November 2 at the screening of his directorial debut, which is based on the hugely-acclaimed novel by Philip Roth.

The screening will take place at the Filmhouse on Lothian Road.

Mark Adams, artistic director at the EIFF said: “We are delighted to be working with Entertainment Film Distributors and Ewan McGregor on this special Edinburgh International Film Festival Gala of American Pastoral.

McGregor made his first EIFF appearance back in 1994 when promoting Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave.

He has since returned to the festival many times since then, with films Velvet Goldmine, Young Adam, Perfect Sense, and most recently Last Days In the Desert when he also presented a sold-out ninety minute in-person Q&A session for fans.

American Pastoral follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s.

McGregor directs and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life.

When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.

Tickets for next week’s screening of American Pastoral will be made available from the Filmhouse box office from 11am tomorrow.

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