Glasgow Film Festival 2018 announces full programme
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 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.
World and European Premieres
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.
BAFTA Scotland nominated Douglas King makes the leap from shorts to features with the World premiere of the Glasgow-filmed Super November starring comedian Josie Long as a Clydebank librarian who meets the love of her life played by Sean Biggerstaff, just as Western civilization crumbles.
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.
2018 marks the centenary of the birth of pioneering experimental Scottish filmmaker Margaret Tait, GFF will screen the World premiere of Margaret Tait Award winner Sarah Forrest’s new film, inspired by the prophetic phenomenon of ‘second sight’ that is particular to Scotland’s Highlands and Islands.
David Tennant stars in a new rom-com with a twist You, Me and Him which gets its first European screening at GFF with the star himself in attendance alongside director Daisy Aitkens.
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 Stillwith 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.
First chance to see in Scotland
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 Caroldirector 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.
Homegrown talent is always in the spotlight at Glasgow Film Festival, which is proud to screen features from some of the boldest and brightest filmmaking talents here in Scotland and across the UK.
Scottish director May Miles Thomas returns with the UK premiere of Voyageuse, an ingeniously constructed biography of Thomas’s late mother-in-law, dramatising one woman’s ordinary life, lived through extraordinary times.
Hedwig And The Angry Inch creator John Cameron Mitchell is back with a shape-shifting adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s sci-fi punk short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties; Weekend and 45 Years director Andrew Haigh scores another hit with Lean on Pete, a heartfelt tale of a boy’s flight through America on his chestnut horse starring Chloë Sevignyand Steve Buscemi; star-on-the-ascendant Jessie Buckley continues to shine as the black sheep of her family in Michael Pearce’s intoxicating Jersey-set thriller Beast and Deborah Haywood makes her impressive directorial debut with Pin Cushion, an all-female gothic fairy tale set in a working-class British suburb.
Film Talent Attending
A host of famous faces will be treading the GFF red carpet in 2018.
Independence Day star Bill Pullman will attend the premiere of The Ballad of Lefty Brown alongside an in-person look back at his extensive career on the screen, from Spaceballs to The Sinner. Guardians of the Galaxy and Jumanjistar Karen Gillan will attend the gala World premiere of her directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning whilst Lynne Ramsay will introduce the Scottish premiere of You Were Never Really Here and appear as a special guest on an episode of Edith Bowman’s hit music and movies podcast Soundtracking, recorded at the festival in front of a live audience.
Imogen Poots (Green Room, 28 Weeks Later) 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. We also welcome the return of some festival favourites with David Tennant at the European premiere of You, Me and Him, Gregory’s Girl star John Gordon Sinclair with the Scottish premiere of music biopic Nico 1988 and one of Britain’s most prolific directors Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, High- Rise) in an intimate, in-person chat about his career and his inspirations.
The Thick of It’s Joanna Scanlan and one-to-watch Lily Newmark will attend the UK premiere of Pin Cushion alongside their director Deborah Haywood; filmmakers Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman introduce the Scottish premiere of their blood-curdling Ghost Stories and director Michael Pearce introduces his acclaimed thriller Beast.
Special Events and Pop-Up Cinema
Glasgow Film Festival is renowned for taking film out of the cinema and turning some of the city’s best-loved venues into unforgettable pop-up movie houses.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of two of the greatest office-set movies of all time, the top floors of the Former College of Building and Printing will be turned into Nakatomi Plaza for a very special screening of Die Hard. Audiences will also be invited to search their wardrobe for classic 80s-style padded shoulders and raise a toast with a themed cocktail to celebrate climbing the corporate ladder with Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.
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!
In partnership with Festival 2018 – the cultural programme of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships – and Glasgow Youth Film Festival, GFF will also host a special 20th anniversary screening of gripping cult German thriller Run Lola Run, set in the European Championships co-host city of Berlin.
The only award presented at Glasgow Film Festival returns for a fourth year and is chosen by the festival’s most important people – its audiences. Ten emerging filmmakers at the start of glittering careers – seven of them women – compete for the prestigious award with eligible films including Lisa Brühlmann’s coming-of-age body-horror Blue My Mind; The Divine Order, fellow Swiss director Petra Volpe’s hugely entertaining story of Switzerland’s women campaigning in 1971 to secure the vote; Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Life and nothing more, a look at a young African-American man on the cusp of adulthood in today’s America and Village Rockstars, the irresistible story of 10 year old Dhuna dreaming of starting her own rock band in a small North Indian village from second-time director Rima Das.
Ida Lupino: On Dangerous Ground
In a time when the representation and agency of women in Hollywood is a hotter topic than ever before, Glasgow Film Festival is thrilled to celebrate one of the industry’s original trailblazers. Ida Lupino (1918 – 1995) initially made her mark as an actor, playing a succession of film noir femme fatales, floozies and molls before stepping behind the camera to become the only female director working in the Hollywood system. Fiercely independent, Lupino directed tough, tightly-coiled low-budget films that were way ahead of their time – tackling taboos, exploring social issues and creating complex female characters. GFF’s centenary tribute to this true maverick will screen her nerve-shredding serial killer pic The Hitch-Hiker, the groundbreaking tale of sexual assault and its aftermath Outrage and hard-hitting domestic melodrama The Bigamist, along with two of her most famous acting roles, in Moontide and High Sierra.
Returning to strike fear into the heart of every brave cinemagoer, FrightFest is back in its beloved second home of Glasgow with an all-new cornucopia of shock and gore. FF will see the Scottish premiere of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories starring Martin Freeman, plus there’s more classic Gothic storytelling courtesy of Irish haunted house chiller The Lodgers. The Devil and The Blacksmith is a dark Basque fairytale that’s a feast for the eyes, Ravenous transports a zombie apocalypse to rural Quebec in a decidedly off-kilter approach to the genre and it wouldn’t be FrightFest without a burst of real cult oddness- the World premiere of a loving new refurbishment of long-lost 1999 schlock-fest Attack of the Bat Monsters fits the bill perfectly.
Sound & Vision
Music and cinema-going have gone hand in hand since the birth of film, and Sound & Vision celebrates this very happy magic with a series of electrifying live gigs, fascinating documentaries and exclusive features. Composer Mica Levi (Oscar-nominated for her score for Jackie) teams up with artist sister Francesca Levi and electronic pioneers Wrangler for a night celebrating the greatest films never made in The Unfilmables and Edinburgh seven-piece The Badwills debut their irresistible new live soundtrack to the smoldering Italian silent classic Assunta Spina in a night of Divas, Despots and Dancing. The lives of some of contemporary music’s most iconic figures are laid bare in a series of biopics including the story of the last days of Velvet Underground’s front-woman Nico, 1988 and what lay in wait post-Sex Pistols for John Lydon in The Public Image is Rotten .
Stranger than Fiction
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 Wildcomes 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’.
Window on the World
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 performance Laura Koroleva and told primarily in Russian sign language and The Swan, a magical coming-of-age story set in the luminous wilds of Iceland.
Ireland: The Near Shore
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.
The much-loved Modern Families strand returns to delight junior cinephiles. Kinning Park Complex is turned into a family-friendly carnival for a special free 30th anniversary screening of Ron Howard’s magical fantasy Willow; 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 and the ever-popular Take 2 Saturday morning screenings make great cinema accessible to all, with free showings of Czech animation The Oddsockeaters (where you’ll finally find out where those odd socks disappear to) and the irresistible Irish adventure War of the Buttons.
Future Cult rises from the ashes of GFF’s Nerdvana strand with a hand-picked selection of the quirky and the questionable. Amongst this collection of the weirdest films you’ll ever find are an exclusive screening of the new restoration of Egypt’s 1981 Rocky Horror Picture Show re-make Anyab, 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.
Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line curates the best boundary-pushing art on the cinema screen for a city with one of the UK’s most thriving artistic communities. GFF once again partner with LUX Scotland for a series of screenings and events at Tramway, including Incense, Sweaters and Ice, the latest film from LA-based Martine Syms, who’s work examines representations of blackness and its relationship to feminism, and award-winning artist Margaret Salmon’s collaboration with Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Sacred Paws who provide a pulsating live soundtrack to her adrenaline-fuelled speedway documentary Mm. Crossing the Line also marks the centenary of the birth of pioneering experimental Orcadian filmmaker Margaret Tait with a special programme of her short films alongside the work of New Zealand artist Joanna Margaret Paul, who, like Tait, worked prolifically across the mediums of film, poetry and painting, portraying instances of everyday life from motherhood to the natural world.
Glasgow Film Festival’s much-loved free morning matinees return with a season dedicated to Hollywood’s broodiest anti-heroes. Everyone’s favourite Rebel Heroes, from a doomed James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause to Sidney Poitier breaking free from the chain gang in The Defiant Ones, via Steve McQueen tearing up the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt and Elvis Presley shaking up his cellblock in Jailhouse Rock, will be returning to the big screen in these free events that are the perfect way to kick start a day at the festival.
Returning for its third year, Industry Focus (28 Feb – 2 March) brings together some of the film and television industry’s biggest names and most promising new talents, in a three day event which is open to anyone working in the industry, from established professionals to students.
Highlights include top producer Andrew Macdonald (T2: Trainspotting; Shallow Grave; 28 Weeks Later) and Hollywood casting director Kerry Barden (who has worked on recent Oscar winners Spotlight and The Help plus the box office smash-hit Pitch Perfect franchise) delivering illuminating Industry Spotlight talks. Industry Focus 2018 will offer space for an urgent addressing of the recent revelations surrounding the industry and its working practices, with a BAFTA Scotland panel looking at practical ways of redressing gender imbalance and Women in Film & Television (UK) exploring the crucial issue of sexual harassment in the UK industry. Industry Focus 2018 Passes cost £75 with a range of discounts available. To purchase passes visit glasgowfilm.org/festival
Behind The Scenes
Behind The Scenes offers up a fascinating insight into the world of film, appealing to anyone with an interest in the inner workings of the industry– from emerging filmmakers to industry veterans and curious armchair film buffs. Partnering with the new National Film and Television School Scotland, this year’s Behind The Scenes includes a BAFTA Scotland masterclass with Paddington Foley artist Peter Burgis (who’ll reveal the art of getting the sound of marmalade sandwich chewing just right), an illuminating hour with Game of Thrones prosthetics artist Stuart Brayand composer Matt Dunkley dissecting his portfolio in Anatomy of a Soundtrack. An inspiring and informative selection, with all talks completely free.
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. The whole team have contributed to compiling a wide-ranging programme that celebrates extraordinary Scottish achievements and brings the very best of world cinema to Glasgow. I can’t wait for audiences to discover a wealth of delights from Karen Gillan’s directorial debut to Harry Dean Stanton’s touching swansong, our fantastic free Rebel Heroes retrospective and a stunning selection of unmissable Audience Award contenders.”
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. “
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The Glasgow Film Festival team has once again produced an outstanding programme. Each year they push the boundaries that little bit more with imaginative locations for the pop-up screenings, championing local talent both in front and behind the camera as well as premiering new work from over 50 countries around the world. It is that diversity and ambition that draws so many visitors into Glasgow for the festival as well as enthralling the loyal local following too.
I am also excited to see the film festival working In partnership with Festival 2018, the cultural programme of the European Championships, in what will be a remarkable year for Glasgow. EventScotland is delighted to be continuing its support of the Glasgow Film Festival to showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for events of all kinds..”
Jennifer Armitage, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland, said: “This year’s Glasgow Film Festival programme includes an incredible selection of international cinema, home-grown talent, innovative pop-up events and industry discussion. It is fantastic to see Karen Gillan’s directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning, shot on location in Inverness, having its World premiere at GFF, while we are particularly pleased that audiences will have the chance to see Felipe Bustos Sierra’s important documentary Nae Pasaran close the festival. GFF’s ability to host prestigious premieres and Industry events with some of the most exciting filmmakers in international cinema is testament to the passion of the team behind the festival, their infectious love of film and their welcoming and inclusive approach to programming.”
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “It goes without saying that Glasgow Film Festival has become a much loved and highly anticipated part of Glasgow’s annual cultural programme. Its inventive programming continues to impress year after year, attracting audiences from across the UK and further afield to the city. It’s great to see that as the festival has grown, more and more of our iconic venues are participating by hosting some truly unique film nights and experiences, reinforcing our position as a leading cinema city.”
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.
The brochure will go live online at 19.15 on Wednesday 24 January at glasgowfilm.org/brochure
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