24 January 2018

Animated Dogs To Acts Of Solidarity, Glasgow Film Festival Launch 2018 Line Up

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 Glasgow 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.

Karen Gillan will attend 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.

The World premiere of Felipe Bustos Sierra’s Nae Pasaran will offer a resounding end to this year’s festival. The Scottish-made documentary charts the incredible true story of the East Kilbride Rolls Royce factory workers who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.

The Camino Voyage, another incredible true story of dedicated individuals, will also have its World premiere at GFF on 28 February. A writer, two musicians (including Glen Hansard, who won the Best Original Song Oscar for ‘Falling Slowly’ from Once), an artist and a stonemason embark on an epic, three-year pilgrimage from Ireland to Northern Spain in a handmade Naomhóg rowing boat in this modern-day Celtic odyssey.

Other European premieres include Geena Davis in the crowd-pleasing coming-of-age gem Don’t Talk To Irene and acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada making her directorial debut with the animated fantasy Let’s Decorate the Promised Flowers in the Farewell Morning (Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hanao Kazarou).

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 will host a staggering 77 UK premieres across twelve days, as Hollywood legend Bill Pullman flies into Glasgow for the UK premiere of his acclaimed new Western The Ballad of Lefty Brown.

UK audiences will also get the first chance to see Wim Wenders’ thrilling romance Submergence starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander; Roya Sadat’s scathing dissection of Afghanistan’s changing political climate in A Letter To The President; Diane Kruger in the winner of the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Picture (Foreign Language), the emotionally charged revenge story In The Fade; Kathleen Hepburn’s debut feature Never Steady, Never Still with an extraordinary lead performance from Shirley Henderson; Gemma Arterton as an ordinary woman making difficult decisions alongside Dominic Cooper in The Escape and Toni Collette and Harvey Keitel sparkling in a fairytale vision of Paris in Madame. Glasgow anime fans will also be the first to see the hotly-anticipated Mary and The Witch’s Flower, as the first film by Studio Ghibli alum’s Studio Ponoc gets its UK premiere at GFF.

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.

With 52 Scottish premieres in total, Glasgow Film Festival audiences will also be the first in the country to enjoy Carol director Todd Haynes’ imaginative and charming new film Wonderstruck; 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; Xavier Legrand’s tense look at the fallout from a bitter domestic dispute in Custody, which netted him the Venice Film Festival Best Director prize; the plaintive teen drama A Ciambra, drawn from true stories of life among Italy’s Romani community
; the big screen adaptation of League of Gentlemen creator Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s terrifying West End stage smash hit Ghost Stories and the beguiling final screen outing of the late, great Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky.

Stranger than Fiction offers a treasure trove of true stories that feel more vital than ever in the era of ‘fake news’. Young British filmmaker Orban Wallace turns the cameras on those sent to report on the global refugee crisis in Another New Story; Göran Olsson goes back to 1972 in the UK premiere of That Summer, featuring extraordinary, recently re-discovered footage – some shot by Andy Warhol – of US socialites the Beales sisters, before they shot to notoriety in the Maysles’ seminal documentary Grey Gardens, and from the creators of Beasts of the Southern Wild comes Brimstone & Glory, an explosive look at the ritual, danger and absolute beauty of fireworks. There’s the chance to get up close and personal with two movie icons in Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches and Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, whilst Scotty and the Secret of Hollywood is the salacious tell-all story of Tinseltown’s original ‘fixer’.

51 countries are represented at this year’s festival, offering audiences a fresh perspective and the chance to explore a dazzling world of cinema that rarely makes it to UK cinema screens. Amongst the films that have been making waves across the world are Indonesian filmmaker Mouly Surya’s stunning feminist western Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts; slow-burn Kazakhstani drama Sveta featuring a remarkable debut coming-of-age story set in the luminous wilds of Iceland.

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 turns the spotlight on the booming film industry of our close neighbours with a selection of the very best in new cinema emerging from Ireland. Highlights include The Breadwinner, a heartrending story of a young girl living in Kabul under Taliban rule that marks the solo feature debut of animator Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells); Kissing Candice, a stylish and seductive drama of teenage escapism that signals the arrival of an exciting directorial vision from Aoife McArdle and the Ellen Page-starring The Cured, a thought-provoking horror set in a Dublin that has survived a zombie plague.

With Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia cooperating closely to make the most of their upcoming centenary celebrations, GFF couldn’t resist the opportunity to join the party. From Estonia’s upbeat 1980s set comedy The Dissidents to Latvia’s menacing and disturbing Firstborn via Lithuania’s Miracle and A Gentle Creature, which focuses on the comedic struggle to move from communism to capitalism, these films showcase the growing talent and confidence of the new wave of Baltic filmmakers.

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. a very special secret location screening of the massive anime series Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening and Takahide Hori’s magnificent stop-motion apocalyptic animation Junk Head. Guaranteed to grace the midnight movie screenings of the future, the art of cult cinema is in safe hands.

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. "

TheGlasgow Film festival is our local film festival and with our main site The Peoples Movies we hope to bring coverage of the festival including Horror Channel Frightfest, check out the link below for details of Frightfest.

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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.

Join the conversation on social media with #GFF18 or follow @glasgowfilmfest.

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