The city’s 14th annual celebration of cinema – now one of the largest film festivals in the UK - will feature over 330 separate events and screenings, showcasing over 180 films from 51 countries including 6 World premieres, 7 European premieres, 77 UK premieres and 52 Scottish premieres.
The festival will open on Wednesday 21 February with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s animated adventure Isle of Dogs and close on 4 March with the World premiere of the rousing Scottish feature documentary Nae Pasaran, telling the true story of the group of Scots who defied a dictatorship.
A highlight amongst the numerous World and European Premieres will certainly be Karen Gillan‘s attendance at the red carpet gala World premiere of her directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning, a fiercely honest tale of loss, grief and survivor’s guilt filmed in Inverness and Glasgow. Elsewhere David Tennant stars in a new rom-com with a twist You, Me and Him (pictured) which gets its first European screening at GFF with the star himself in attendance alongside director Daisy Aitkens. Hollywood legend Bill Pullman will also fly into Glasgow for the UK premiere of his acclaimed new Western The Ballad of Lefty Brown.
Homegrown talent is always in the spotlight at Glasgow Film Festival, which is proud to screen features from some of the boldest and brightest filmmaking talents here in Scotland and across the UK. Lynne Ramsay will return home to Glasgow to introduce the Scottish premiere of her eagerly-awaited new feature You Were Never Really Here, a brutal noir with an unforgettable lead performance from Joaquin Phoenix. Another highlight sees Scottish director May Miles Thomas return with the UK premiere of Voyageuse, an ingeniously constructed biography of Thomas’s late mother-in-law, dramatising one woman’s ordinary life, lived through extraordinary times.
Glasgow Film Festival is renowned for taking film out of the cinema and turning some of the city’s best-loved venues into unforgettable pop-up movie houses. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of two of the greatest office-set movies of all time, the top floors of the Former College of Building and Printing will be turned into Nakatomi Plaza for a very special screening of Die Hard. Audiences will also be invited to search their wardrobe for classic 80s-style padded shoulders and raise a toast with a themed cocktail to celebrate climbing the corporate ladder with Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.
It’s been 25 years since audiences first met Bill Murray’s curmudgeonly weatherman in Groundhog Day, and Bath Street bar Flat 0/1 will be transformed into a Punxsutawney-style bed & breakfast which will screen the film at the same time every day of the festival. That’s right, woodchuck-chuckers!
Also, in partnership with Festival 2018 – the cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – and Glasgow Youth Film Festival, GFF will also host a special 20th anniversary screening of gripping cult German thriller Run Lola Run, set in the European Championships co-host city of Berlin.
Returning for its third year, Industry Focus (28 Feb – 2 Mar) brings together some of film and televisions biggest names and most promising new talents, including top producer Andrew Macdonald (T2: Trainspotting; Shallow Grave; 28 Weeks Later) and Hollywood casting director Kerry Barden (who has worked on recent Oscar winners Spotlight and The Help plus the box office smash-hit Pitch Perfect franchise) in a three day event which is open to anyone working in the industry, from established professionals to students. Meanwhile, Behind The Scenes offers up a fascinating insight into the world of film, appealing to anyone with an interest in the inner workings of the industry – from emerging filmmakers to industry veterans and curious armchair film buffs.
For more details about the other films and events taking place at this year’s film festival, including FrightFest, Modern Families, and the spotlight look on the boom film industry of Ireland, download this year’s brochure at glasgowfilm.org/brochure.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “The Glasgow Film Festival team has once again produced an outstanding programme. Each year they push the boundaries that little bit more with imaginative locations for the pop-up screenings, championing local talent both in front and behind the camera as well as premiering new work from over 50 countries around the world. It is that diversity and ambition that draws so many visitors into Glasgow for the festival as well as enthralling the loyal local following too.
“I am also excited to see the film festival working in partnership with Festival 2018, the cultural programme of the European Championships, in what will be a remarkable year for Glasgow. EventScotland is delighted to be continuing its support of the Glasgow Film Festival to showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for events of all kinds.”
Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director said “The 2018 Glasgow Film Festival promises the Perfect Movie Mix and we’ve taken that to heart. There truly is something for everyone from the casual cinemagoer to the dedicated cinephile. The whole team have contributed to compiling a wide-ranging programme that celebrates extraordinary Scottish achievements and brings the very best of world cinema to Glasgow. I can’t wait for audiences to discover a wealth of delights from Karen Gillan’s directorial debut to Harry Dean Stanton’s touching swansong, our fantastic free Rebel Heroes retrospective and a stunning selection of unmissable Audience Award contenders.”
Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director, said “As always Glasgow Film Festival's team has excelled themselves with a cornucopia of Special Events that excite and deliver great films in unusual settings. With two events at Secret locations to the top floor of an office block for Working Girl and Die Hard we have once again found great locations in our wonderful city. As well as these film experiences the Window on the World strand hosts some truly astonishing films from the Russian road movie (with possibly the best title ever!) How Viktor the Garlic Took Alexey the Stud to the Nursing Home to Mouly Surya's Indonesian feminist Western Marlina the Murderer In Four Acts – truly we have world cinema covered. "
Tickets go on sale to Glasgow Film Festival Members at noon on Thursday 25 January and on general sale at 10am on Monday 29 January.
Tickets are available online at glasgowfilm.org/festival, by calling the Festival Box Office on 0141 332 6535 or in person at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Rose Street.
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