Now in it’s 14th Year The Glasgow Film Festival launches its 2018 line up, a celebration of cinema that promise to deliver ‘The Perfect Movie Mix’
Now established as one of the UK’s largest Film Festival which continues it’s mission statement of ‘Movie For All’. Tonight those lucky to attend the launch learned this years festival has grown again with 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.
We already learned Wes Anderson’s animated canine adventure Isle Of Dogs will receive it’s UK premiere on 21st February. Opening the festival with th documentary Nae Pasaran receiving it’s World Premiere on March 4 closing the festival. The extraordinary story of factory workers from East Kilbride who defied General Pinochet’s dictatorship.
As ever the festival will give an array of guests from world of film and TV the warmest of Glasgow welcomes. With Hollywood star Bill Pullman confirmed to attend to showcase the UK premiere of his Western The Ballad Of Lefty Brown. Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan will show off her directoral feature debut with a red carpet gala World premiere of The Party’s Just Beginning. Talking of Doctors David Tennant will return to the fest with the European Premiere of his new rom-com with a twist You, Me and Him.
Lynne Ramsay is returning home to present the Scottish premiere of her noir You Were Never Here starring Joaquin Phoenix. Todd Haynes delighted GFF audiences with his last film Carol, he returns with Wonderstruck. There will be afirst chance to see Wim Wenders’ thrilling romance Submergence starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander. the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee A Fantastic Woman, with Daniela Vega in a star-making turn as a trans woman dealing with the fallout of her partner’s death.Imogen Poots will be in town for Mobile Homes, a starkly realistic tale of American prefab life and Journeyman director and star Paddy Considine will attend the Scottish premiere of his second feature, an intellectual and heartfelt look at boxing and sporting struggle.Anime of fans of all ages will be charmed by the UK premiere of Mary and the Witch’s Flower from Studio Ghibli’s Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
It wouldn’t be an Glasgow Film Festival without it’s world famous special events and pop cinema. Every year becomes even harder for the orgnisers to out do the previous years events. This year they may have pulled a coup with a special screening of Die Hard on the roof of the city’s former College Of Building And Printing! It’s 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!If you want to dust the cobwebs off the shoulder pads raise a toast with a themed cocktail to celebrate climbing the corporate ladder with Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.
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.”
As ever Glasgow Film festival is our local film festival and we hope to bring coverage of the festival including Horror Channel Frightfest.
For a Full look at the complete programme, head over to glasgowfilm.org/brochure. 2018 Glasgow Film Festival will run from 21st February until 4th March.
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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