Xavier Legrand’s Custody Wins Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award

Last night the 2018 Glasgow came to close with the world premiere of Nae Pasaran. Before the film, the Winner of GFF18 Audience Award was announced with Xavier Legrand’s nail-biting drama Custody named the winner


It is a great honour to win this award and my thanks go to the festival and its wonderful audiences for it. The festival has a great spirit and sense of community especially in the face of this week’s weather events and myself and the film’s star Denis Menochet hope to revisit again in the coming years, with or without the snow!” commented film’s director Xavier Legrand.

Not even the Beast From The East can break the Glaswegians love for film as their City’s Film Festival proved. Festival remained operational during extreme weather conditions that hit the country The 14th edition of the festival was once again breaking records.

The Film Festival finished on a high this weekend as it celebrated record-breaking attendance and a bumper crop of World Premieres made in Scotland. This year’s opening Seven days attendance was up 9% with 24th February earing 2,276 admissions.

The opening weekend also saw a flurry top talent such as Karen Gillan, David Tennant, Lynne Ramsay and Imogen Poots all gracing the red carpet. Kudos to Gemma Arterton and Ben Wheatley who braved the beast to walk the haloed carpet in the festival’s second week.

Home-grown talent continued to shine as the festival closed tonight with the Gala World Premiere of Felipe Bustos Sierra’s rousing documentary Nae Pasaran. The Scottish-made feature tells the incredible true story of the East Kilbride factory workers who defied a dictatorship from the other side of the world by grounding half of Pinochet’s air-force in the 1970s.

The workers themselves – Bob Fulton, Stuart Barrie, John Keenan and Robert Somerville – were all in attendance at the World Premiere along with Felipe.

Glasgow Film Festival will be keeping the festival magic alive as GFF18 on Tour brings four of its most popular films to cinemas across Scotland later in the year: Nae Pasaran, the crowd-pleasing The Divine Order, Maggie Smith in Muriel Spark’s classic The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Brimstone & Glory, the stunning documentary about Mexico’s jaw-dropping National Pyrotechnics Festival.

Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director said:”We have had the most wonderful time at GFF18, from our stunning stop animation Opening with the UK Premiere of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs through to our closing weekend featuring two World Premieres of Scottish films – Super November and Nae Pasaran. Despite the best efforts of the Beast from the East, our fantastic team here pulled together and achieved the herculean task of ‘the show must go on’. Before the storm GFF18 was 9% ahead of GFF17

We like many others were affected by the weather which saw us miss some screenings. You can read what we’ve covered so far here.

Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director commented on Custody’s win:”I am thrilled that Custody has won the 2O18 Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award. Xavier Legrand’s stunning debut feature had audiences on the edge of their seats as he explored the fallout from a bitter custody battle. Brilliant performances and Legrand’s impeccable control of the escalating tension made Custody unforgettable. We hope the award is a sign of great things to come for Custody’s UK release via Picturehouse.”

Custody will be released in cinemas across the UK from 13 April by Picturehouse Entertainment.You can read our Glasgow Film Festival review here.

We’re already planning for 2019 festival and the dates for Glasgow Film Festival 2019 have been confirmed as Wednesday 20 February to Sunday 3 March.

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