Glasgow Film Festival 2012 has announced a packed programme of premieres, special guests and unique events. GFF 2012, funded by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland and EventScotland, is one of the first major events in the Year of Creative Scotland and runs from 16–26 February in sixteen venues across the city.
The Festival will open on Thursday 16 February with the UK premiere of Your Sister's Sister, the latest feature from Humpday creator Lynn Shelton who was recently chosen by Variety as one of their ‘10 Directors to Watch in 2012’. Arriving in Glasgow after its Sundance screening, Your Sister's Sister is a StudioCanal release and stars Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass in a painfully funny and utterly captivating tale of bad timing, broken hearts and the healing power of love.
The Festival's closing gala on Sunday 26 February is Le Havre (an Artificial Eye release), the latest deadpan delight from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki which won the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc in France and a host of international awards. Kaurismäki regular André Wilms plays a warmhearted shoeshine who befriends a young African immigrant on the run from the authorities. Their friendship is the basis of an intricately woven tale full of priceless poker-faced comedy and heartrending tenderness. "I think the superb quality and international credentials of the opening and closing galas reflect the very special programme of films and events that we have put together for the 2012 Festival," states Glasgow Film Festival Co-director Allison Gardner. "The Festival goes from strength to strength and the whole team are very focused on satisfying the great expectations that now attend the event."
The 2012 Festival will host 239 films and events in a programme that includes a record number of UK and European premieres, and for a full line up of screenings and events see www.glasgowfilm.org/festival.
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