There’s no way of saying it, we love the Glasgow Film Festival*! Apart from being our local film festival, its a festival challenges itself every year to deliver it’s ‘Films For All’ motto.
Today the first events of 2019 Festival have been announced. The 15th annual Glasgow Film Festival will showcase some of the finest big-screen offerings from Belgium and Hollywood and stage very special celebration screenings of two classic blockbusters.
Film fans are invited to adventure underneath Glasgow Central Station and attend the first official 20th Anniversary screening of The Matrix (22 and 23 Feb) in the subterranean caverns of Argyle Street Arches. With thanks to Warner Bros for their support, the event will feature mind-twisting immersive installations and after-party. Audiences are encouraged to don black sunglasses and dark leather as they explore the deconstructed world of the ground-breaking film.
No-one will hear you scream and in a vast warehouse in North of the city, audiences will brave an encounter with the Xenomorph itself at a large-scale pop-up event showing of Alien (28 February). Featuring laser-tag adventures, comic books and themed cocktails, this is a must for all wannabe Ripleys. The event is set up also to celebrate the upcoming
Park Circus are bringing the film to the festival, to support the 4K 40th anniversary restoration print of Alien they will be release on 1 March 2019 across the UK.
one big highlight at the festival is the free retrospectives they showcase every year. 2019 will bring 1969: End Of Innocence a retrospective devoted to American cinema from a pivotal year.A mixture of classics and rarities starring (among others) Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Shirley MacLaine and Dustin Hoffman. These 10 films, which will be free to view, reflect a time when censorship laws were relaxed and American filmmakers and studios struggled to grapple with the social changes and political upheavals in a country that saw protests on the street, fierce opposition to the war in Vietnam, Nixon in the White House, the Manson killings, the Stonewall riots and the growing mobilisation of groups pursuing black power and feminism. 1969 saw the arrival of enduring counter-culture classics like Easy Rider, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Best Picture Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy, but it was a year when the old guard was still out in force with John Wayne a Best Actor Oscar winner for True Grit. 1969 was a cinematic year that still resonates with Hollywood’s biggest 21st century talents and one that Quentin Tarantino has chosen as the setting for his upcoming multi-star epic Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and Kurt Russell.
Another strand favourite is the international strand and the next one will be Belgian Cinema: Both Sides timely look at the richness and diversity of contemporary Belgian filmmaking. A country whose cinematic output has constantly been underrated, despite world-class filmmakers from Chantal Akerman to the Dardenne Brothers, this year’s Country Focus reflects the current healthy state of cinema in Belgium. Highlights include the Scottish premiere of Lukas Dhont’s extraordinary, award-winning Girl which has taken the film festival circuit by storm, Marta Bergman’s feature debut about a Romani woman who becomes a mail-order bride Alone At My Wedding / Seule à mon mariage and stop-motion animated feature This Magnificent Cake!, telling colonial stories from across the Belgian Empire. The festival will be welcoming a host of Belgian directors and actors and screening some much-loved Belgian classics.
Allison Gardner, Festival Co-director said: “For GFF19 the team have pulled together a brilliant series of events and both The Matrix and Alien will be the pop-up events of the year! As ever it’s our audiences who add the fun and frivolities to our immersive events and they have never let us down and always exceed our expectations and ensure the events are fun. There are more events to be revealed and we are looking forward to sharing these on 23rd January”.
Tickets for Alien and The Matrix go on sale 12 pm on Monday 26 November from glasgowfilm.org. The full programme for the Glasgow Film Festival 2019 will be announced on 23 January (stay tuned, we’ll bring you those details when they come). Tickets go on sale to GFF members and GFT CineCard holders from 12 noon on 24 January and then on general sale from 10 am on 28 January.
* We do love all film festivals!