The full programme has been announced for the Glasgow Film Festival 2017.
The city’s 13th annual celebration of cinema – now one of the largest film festivals in the UK - will feature over 310 separate events and screenings, showcasing over 180 films including 9 World and International Premieres, 4 European Premieres, 65 UK Premieres and 67 Scottish Premieres.
Glasgow Film Festival 2017 opens and closes with two exclusives, as it hosts the European Premiere of John Butler’s Irish coming-of-age charmer Handsome Devil (15 February) and the hotly anticipated World Premiere of Mad To Be Normal (26 February), starring David Tennant as infamous Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing.
Receiving their UK premieres at Glasgow Film Festival 2017 are Raoul Peck’s profoundly timely look at what it means to be black in America, I Am Not Your Negro (22 Feb); Aki Kaurismaki’s dissection of the plight of Syrian refugees, The Other Side of Hope (21 and 22 Feb), and; Terence Malick’s visually astonishing Voyage of Time: Life's Journey narrated by Cate Blanchett.
Lucky Glasgow Film Festival audiences will also be the first in Scotland to see a host of buzz-worthy new movies with this year’s Gala screenings including Paul Verhoeven’s multi Golden Globe winner Elle starring Isabelle Huppert (19 and 20 Feb); Ben Wheatley returning with all guns blazing in the bruising shoot-em-up Free Fire (22 and 23 Feb); Olivier Assayas elegant supernatural thriller Personal Shopper starring Kristen Stewart (18 & 19 Feb); Sean Foley’s comic romp Mindorn starring The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt (20 and 21 Feb) and Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy in Lone Scherfig’s bittersweet story of the creative brains behind Britain’s morale-boosting World War II propaganda films Their Finest (19 and 20 Feb).
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “As one of the UK’s premier film festivals, we are proud to be supporting the Glasgow Film Festival. Once again there is a fantastic lineup of films that will delight and entertain audiences across the 12 days.
“The caliber of films premiering at the festival is testament to the talent and commitment of the Glasgow Film Festival team to making this one of the country’s foremost film festivals and Scotland as the perfect stage for events.”
Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director said “I love the delight that audiences take from our special events. There are some absolutely brilliant experiences this year and I can’t wait to feel the blood chill and the audience shiver as we head to Snow Factor for The Thing or revel in Cajun culture when The Big Easy screens at the Barras Art and Design. I am also thrilled at the way the Modern Families strand has grown within the Festival and this year’s highlights include the outstanding animated features My Life As A Courgette and Rock Dog with Eddie Izzard providing the voice of a Tibetan Mastiff who dreams of pop stardom and our 30th anniversary screening of the swashbuckling The Princess Bride. The 2017 Festival is going to be so much fun."
This is just a taste of what is on offer at the Glasgow Film Festival 2017. Click here to see the full programme.