Tonight The Glasgow Film Festival Announced to the world next month it will be back with 15th Edition of its ever popular film festival. Once again the festival proves it’s ‘cinema for all’ with a richly rewarding programme with a selection of films from the four corners of the world.
A celebration of cinema will host 337 individual screenings, talks and events,showcasing 7 world premieres, 102 UK premieres and 49 Scottish premieres from 54 countries, across 12 days.
We’ve been teased the last couple of months in what to expect with an opening and closing galas celebrating youth. Jonah Hills directorial Feature Mid90′s will kick things off with a coming-of-age comedy-drama which stars Sunny Suljic (The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird) and Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them). The film follows a 13-year-old boy who begins to hang out with an older group of skateboarders while living in 1990s Los Angeles.
Highlights of the 2019 line up include a mixture of Hollywood blockbusters to Indie Gems. World Cinema to future cult hits with a wide selection of classic films. Bo Burnham‘s Sundance gem Eighth Grade makes it’s Scottish premiere before its UK Cinema release. Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan in the eerie re-telling of the real-life Flannan Isle mystery, The Vanishing; Stephen Merchant’s solo feature film directorial debut, Fighting With My Family, a warm-hearted true story about wrestling and family bonds starring The Rock and Florence Pugh. Two new films starring Dev Patel – Hotel Mumbai, a gripping dramatisation of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, and Michael Winterbottom’s eagerly-awaited thriller The Wedding Guest.
Festival favourite Karen Gillan delivers another star turn in the international premiere of wrenching US drama All Creatures Here Below. Matt Pinder’s new feature documentary Harry Birrell: Films of Love and War, which plunders the treasure trove archives of Scottish amateur filmmaker Harry Birrell to present one man’s view of the 20th century. The Sisters Brothers, boasting an all-star cast led by John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhall. Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell, and Natalie Portman plays a troubled pop diva in Brady Corbet’s celebrity cult satire Vox Lux.It Follows director David Robert Mitchell returns with the L.A-set neo noir Under the Silver Lake starring Andrew Garfield, and contemporary Taiwan is the setting for engrossing and inventive thriller Cities of Last Things.
The Special events and retrospectives make Glasgow Film Festival extra special and 2019 is no different. This year you can encounter the Xenomorph itself at Alien; keep on the watch for Agents while you try to break The Matrix, and discover the deadly secrets of The Blair Witch Project at a spine-tingling secret location. 1969: The End Of Innocence, GFF’S annual free retrospective is devoted to American cinema from a pivotal year — a mixture of classics and rarities. Easy Rider, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Best Picture Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy all ready turn back time.May Days: The Films of Elaine May, Elaine May has been entertaining audiences for more than 60 years. As a writer, performer and director, her comedy is sharp-edged, effortlessly witty and bitingly satirical.This year by screening all four of the films she has directed: from the sublime A New Leaf and The Heartbreak Kid to the dramatic intensity of Mikey and Nicky and notorious flop Ishtar, which will get a deserving second chance to win over audiences.
Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-director, said: “Over the years at GFF we have excelled with our Special Events and this year is no exception. The Blair Witch Project at a Secret Location is sure to scare and thrill and don’t forget “The first rule about Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club” so you’ll just have to get along and participate… As ever our Sound & Vision strand is filled with music of all types from Classic to Jazz and a brilliant live event hosted by Lost Map records featuring Monoganon and Free Love performing to footage of Eigg filmed by Slow Tree. This heady strand is topped off with films such as Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell starring Elisabeth Moss as a self-destructive rock star and Brady Corbett’s electric Vox Lux. This year our Audience Award – GFF’s only award – features six (out of 10) films that are directed by women with strong and vibrant films telling a variety of stories.”
For the full look at the line up, head over to www.glasgowfilm.org/festival For More details.
2019 Glasgow Film Festival will run from 20th February until 3rd March.
Tickets go on sale to GFF members and GFT CineCard holders from 12noon on 24 January, and then on general sale from 10am on 28 January. Book online at glasgowfilm.org/festival.
GFF Membership is available to buy for £15, offering four days of advance booking and discounts. See www.glasgowfilm.org/gffmembership for full information. Existing GFT CineCard members will automatically have GFF membership.