||Monday, 18 February, 2002, 15:41 GMT
Film Festival Goes on Tour
Mick Jagger and Andy Garcia are among the performers taking centre stage as the Edinburgh Film Festival goes on tour.
Seven films are to be shown in the Scottish capital in the Early Spring offshoot from the main festival in August.
Mick Jagger plays an escort business owner
The week-long programme, starting 6 March, will then travel to Glasgow and London.
Artistic director Shane Danielson said the mini-festival was only part of the efforts to expand the list of events throughout the year.
The line-up includes the comedy The Man From Elysian Fields.
It tells the story of an advertising executive, played by Andy Garcia, who quits his job to become a writer.
He is helped by the suave owner of an upmarket escort business, played by Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.
French feature Murderous Maids tells the story of a murder that shook France almost 70 years ago.
It revisits the case of the Papin sisters, two servants who killed and mutilated their mistress and her daughter in Lyon.
The programme also features German film The Days Between; award-winning psychological thriller Lantana; Norwegian comedy Elling; Iranian film Baran; and Sur Mes Levres (Read My Lips) from French director Jacques Audiard.
Mr Danielson said: "Showing for the first time in the UK, these are smart, challenging and provocative films that, without the opportunity of a festival berth, could otherwise go unseen in the country.
"They represent a different kind of film-making; another voice.
"We're hoping to do more throughout the year, including special events and curated seasons, in an attempt to make the festival a more regular and dependable presence in the cinema-going lives of our audiences."
The programme starts at Edinburgh's Filmhouse before moving to the Glasgow Film Theatre then the Curzon Soho cinema in London.