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Glagow Film Festival Announces 11th Programme

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While We’re Young

The programme for the eleventh edition of Glasgow Film Festival was announced today, with an exciting, innovative, audience-focused festival packed with UK, European and World premieres, and the festival’s trademark pop-up cinema events making new use of some of the city’s most unusual venues. GFF15, which is supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland, Creative Scotland and BFI, will open with the European Premiere of Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, and close with the UK Premiere of Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure. This year’s programme also offers an exciting new platform for early-career feature film directors, pays tribute to Ingrid Bergman as an early feminist icon and celebrates Glasgow as a city hooked on the silver screen.

In a major step forward, GFF has introduced a feature film award for the first time. The brand new Audience Award, which asks the ticket-buying public to vote on a selection of ten films by first and second-time directors, has been designed to showcase some exceptional early career talents creating pioneering and brilliant work, often on shoestring budgets without the backing and marketing power of major studios. The winner of the Audience Award will be announced at the Closing Gala. All film critics accredited for the festival are also offered the chance to vote on their favourite films from across the programme, and a Glasgow Film Festival Critics’ Choice list will be published after the festival.

One of this year’s major themes is Glasgow’s reputation as ‘Cinema City’; once the city with the highest ratio of cinemas per head of population, Glasgow is enjoying a cinema renaissance playing backdrop to films like World War Z, Cloud Atlas and Under The Skin, and stars like Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry. The new Cinema City strand pays tribute to all of these aspects, as does a programme which stretches further across the city’s geography than ever before, with twenty venues including key examples of Glasgow architecture like Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s only church Mackintosh Queens Cross and Robert Adam’s TradesHall, hip new spaces like Drygate Brewery, Stereo and The Old Hairdressers, and established cinemas in all corners of the city. The festival has also partnered up with Glasgow IMAX for three intense events on one of the largest screens in the country. Quite apart from all the special events, the films in this year’s programme are of particularly high calibre, numbering over sixty major international prizes and nominations from the biggest film festivals and awards ceremonies. Major UK premieres this year include Wim Wenders’ Oscar®-nominated documentary Salt of the Earth and Still Alice, for which Julianne Moore is tipped to win the Best Actress Oscar®.

Tickets for the main festival programme are on sale from 10am on Monday 26 January. Passes for FrightFest, GFF’s horror festival-within-the-festival, go on sale at 10am Thursday 22 January. The brochure will be available online from 19.15 on Wednesday 21 January at www.glasgowfilm.org/festival

COMMENT

Allan Hunter, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director, said ‘Glasgow’s love affair with the movies is a passion that never fades and one that lies at the heart of this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, and our Cinema City strand celebrates the love affair in special screenings, talks and an exhibition. Some amazing pop-up events in stunning locations across Glasgow help put the city centre stage, too. It feels only appropriate that our Audience Award asks the best festival audience in the world to give their stamp of approval to a dazzling new talent. It is a festival filled with people and places close to home but also one that embraces a diverse, wonderful world of cinema, perfectly illustrated by our opening and closing galas. It’s a huge honour for GFF to be chosen for the European Premiere of Noah Baumbach’s bittersweet delight While We’re Young, and Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure is an utterly brilliant film. Home and away, this is a festival for everyone who loves the movies.’

Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film Festival Co-Director said ‘As ever, we’ve tried first and foremost to create a programme that our audiences will enjoy, and our Special Events strand in particular should be great fun for all. There are certain happy accidents that you only notice once you’ve pulled the programme together – in particular, we have exceptionally strong ranges of East Asian cinema and documentary film making this year, with very exciting UK and European premieres from some of the world’s most highly-regarded directors. Again accidentally, there’s a strong feminist slant running through this year’s selection, with some hugely talented female directors coming to the fore, a number of events addressing women in – and on – film, and a series of exceptionally strong lead roles for women in all areas of the programme. We didn’t set out to create a 50/50 gender-balanced shortlist for our inaugural Audience Award – these are the programming team’s ten top films across the programme by early-career directors – but the fact that it happened anyway speaks to the increasingly large number of female directors finding ways to make brilliant, innovative cinema, and is we hope a really positive sign that the historic imbalance in the industry is changing.’

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: It’s fantastic to watch Glasgow Film Festival continue to grow and continue to create innovative, world-class programmes. Thanks to Creative Scotland funding the festival is well placed to continue its success well into the future. This year the festival feels both international and distinctly home-grown, showcasing dynamic Scottish film, music and visual art talent, and some of Glasgow’s most beautiful historic buildings, whilst also bringing some of the most exciting new films in the world to Scotland.”

OPENING GALA: While We’re Young **EUROPEAN PREMIERE**

“As acute and timely as they come… an almost perfect 90-minute hit of confident and inspired comedic commentary.” ★★★★★ Catherine Shoard, The Guardian

Growing older but feeling younger has rarely seemed as bittersweet as it does in the latest cautionary comedy from Frances Ha director Noah Baumbach. There are moments here to make everyone squirm with recognition and rock with laughter as Baumbach mines wry comic gold from an unexpected meeting of the generations. Filmmaker Josh (Ben Stiller) and his wife Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are settled in marriage and cosily stalled careers, while the rest of their forty-something pals are buried under babies and domesticity. Into their lives blast the twenty-something, fedora-wearing, aggressively urban hipsters Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), and the older couple are flattered and attracted by their attention and idealism. Offered a second chance at youth, who wouldn’t grab it? However, as their new best friends turn out to have a hidden agenda, the breezy comic tone deepens and darkens into something more profound. While We’re Young was a huge hit at Toronto International Film Festival, and we’re delighted to be able to introduce European audiences to the film. Wednesday 18 February (19.00) | repeated Thursday 19 February (13.00, 15.30) | GFT

CLOSING GALA: Force Majeure **UK PREMIERE**

Winner: Best Foreign Language Film, Critics Choice Movie Awards

One single moment can change everything in a relationship, and that’s exactly what happens in Force Majeure, a brilliant, Cannes Jury Prize-winner destined to leave you debating long after the final credits. A happy family are on a skiing vacation in the French Alps when an avalanche heads inexorably towards their mountaintop restaurant. Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) grabs his mobile and runs, leaving his wife Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli) and their children to fend for themselves. His instinct for self-preservation is the spark for a scalpel-sharp examination of love, guilt and devotion that may be even more destructive than the avalanche. By creating the circumstances in which everything we take for granted is torn away, writer/director Ruben Östlund has found an ingenious way to explore the flaws and cracks in a marriage. Is there just an unbridgeable gap between the way men and women view the world? Prepare to battle for the moral high ground at the UK premiere of one of the year’s most audacious and gripping films. Sunday 1 March (20.00) | GFT

SPECIAL EVENTS

GFF is renowned for pop-up cinema: atmospheric one-off ‘total cinema’ experiences in some of the city’s best-loved venues. A number of talks and live music events round off an exciting and utterly original programme:

  • The first ever film screening at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s stunning Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. The first ever two screenings, in fact: appropriately for one of the city’s most popular wedding venues we’ll be hosting the Scottish premiere of Love is All, by multi-award winning documentary maker Kim Longinotto, a history of love in the movies. Soprano Layla Brown will sing modern and classic love songs associated with cinema. By contrast, an ultra-atmospheric late night screening of the eerie Wake in Fright, which Nick Cave described as ‘the best, most terrifying film about Australia ever made’. This event will be followed by an after party at the CCA.
  • Shaun The Sheep: the Scottish premiere of Aardman Animation’s newest film gets a special advance gala screening on Wednesday 4 February to celebrate our new Modern Families strand, the first time children’s programming has been integrated into the festival.
  • Mad IMAX: as part of our Strewth! celebration of all things Australian, and before the remake with Tom Hardy debuts, watch Mad Max 2 – one of the best, biggest films to have come from the outback – on the biggest screen in Scotland at the IMAX. A post-apocalyptic wasteland scene, guarded by our own road warrior, will be set up on-site, for costumed photo-opps. Eyepatches, mohawks, leathers and camo encouraged..
  • Treasure maps at the ready, as The Goonies comes to the city’s hippest new space, Drygate Brewery, for a joint event between the Nerdvana and Modern Families strands. Don’t worry ­­– we’ll provide the treasure maps.
  • Gamers, start your engines – a pop-up screening of the hilarious documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters will take place in a specially-created gaming arcade. Bring your pennies to get stuck in and take part in our fully compered Donkey Kong championship. (Drygate Brewery)
  • Drygate Brewery also transforms into a 1970s roller disco for a be-wheeled screening of Dazed and Confused. Dress as your favourite character from the movie – extra points for anyone who can fit into Matthew McConaughey’s totally sweet pink flares. (Special movie-themed menu for all Drygate events.)
  • Celebrated film composer and BAFTA-winning multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds performs his eerie ambient soundtrack to the celebrated ITV thriller Broadchurch live in former cinema O2 ABC.
  • Power Suit Yourself – a one-day event examining powerful women and the clothes they wear on film. Includes screenings of Working Girl and Mildred Pierce, talks on feminism and fashion, and ends with a 1980s karaoke night. Hair should be big, bring your own shoulder-pads.
  • Journalist and film critic Ulrika Knutson celebrates Ingrid Bergman: Feminist Icon in a talk as part of our Here’s Looking At You, Kid strand celebrating Bergman’s centenary.
  • Comedian, gamer, sitcom star and ambassador of our Nerdvana strand Robert Florence hosts a pair of hilarious geek culture events. His hugely-popular annual Video Game Empty (a celeb-studded interactive music/comedy/movie/gaming party) hits the IMAX Cinema with games consoles hooked up to the 25m screen. Then strap on your swords and roll out your dice as Robert enlists special guests to stage a live improvised Dungeons & Dragons session at the CCA.
  • Murder on the Orient Express, which won Ingrid Bergman her third Oscar®, gets the ‘total cinema’ treatment, with a 1930s murder mystery party and screening in the city’s historic Trades Hall.
  • The Gallery of Modern Art hosts the Scottish premiere of the Internet Cat Video Festival, with two free days of feline fun and family activities celebrating the rise and rise of cats on film. Due to popular demand, two extra screenings of the festival’s official showreel will be screened at GFT after the event.
  • Jeely Jars and Seeing Stars, a new multimedia exhibition packed full of memories of cinema-going in Glasgow, featuring testimony from Glasgow cinema-goers aged 19-93, including celebrity voices like Armando Iannucci and Claire Grogan.
  • A Night at the Regal pays homage to the roots of the O2 ABC – one of the city’s busiest music venues – with an evening of music and film crossovers. Special screenings from Lost Map actseagleowl and Moganon culminate in the Scottish Premiere of British Sea Power’s live score created for and alongside the documentary From The Sea To The Land Beyond.
  • Improv comedy legend Paul Merton teams up with pianist Neil Brand, paying a touching musical tribute to silent film legend Buster Keaton, examining the method and genius behind his dauntless stunts and slapstick routines at the Old Fruitmarket
  • Kelvin-groove: a sequin-studded screening of Baz Luhrmann’s camp Aussie classic Strictly Ballroom, with spectacular routines from Scotland’s ballroom dance champions, in the gorgeous surroundings of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow’s grandest building.
  • Composer Irene Buckley debuts her haunting new soundtrack to classic silent chiller The Fall of the House of Usher in the suitably gothic surroundings of Pollokshaws Burgh Hall,featuring Scotland’s only Wurlitzer Cinema Organ.
  • An audacious re-scoring of Lotte Reiniger’s seminal animated fairytale The Adventures of Prince Achmed by genre-spanning jazz fusion bassist Renaud Garcia Fons at the Old Fruitmarket
  • AlgoRhythm: An immersive site-specific event combining live performance with a reactive moving image installation, staged at Glasgow School of Art.
  • Stunt Rock: A high-octane, death-proof vehicle for Mad Max stunt coordinator and industry legend Grant Page, with soundtrack work from magician-musicians Sorcery, at the Old Hairdressers.

CONFIRMED GUESTS

  • Glenn Freemantle. Considered one of the world’s greatest sound designers, the 2014 Oscar® winner for Best Sound Editing (for Gravity), who has worked on over 130 major motion pictures, including Yentl, Slumdog Millionaire and The Theory of Everything, delivers a masterclass in sound in cinema.
  • Ólafur Arnalds: A music prodigy, since 2007 he has built up an international reputation for his genre-crossing compositions and film work, including scores for films like Another Happy Day andGimme Shelter, as well as the sountrack for hit ITV thriller Broadchurch, which he will play live at the O2 ABC.
  • Paul Merton: Considered by many to be one of British comedy’s greatest treasures, Merton has forged a thirty-year career as a stand-up, presenter, and live improv legend. Inspired to go into comedy by silent cinema stars, he joins us to pay tribute to one of his all-time heroes, Buster Keaton.
  • Carol Morley: The BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and director joins us for the Scottish premiere of her latest feature, The Falling. One of the most interesting directors in contemporary British cinema burst onto the feature scene with acclaimed 2011 docu-drama Dreams of a Life.
  • David Robert Mitchell: a rising star of the US indie scene, the director visits Glasgow in support of innovative STD horror (no, really) film It Follows, hugely acclaimed at Cannes Critics Week.
  • Cliff Curtis. One of New Zealand’s most celebrated film stars, the Maori hunk has had breakout roles in a slew of Hollywood features, including The Piano, Three Kings, 10,000 BC, andSunshine, as well as starring in Oscar®-nominated drama Whale Rider. He’ll be the lead in the upcoming Walking Dead spin-off Cobalt, and is here in support of The Dark Horse.
  • Andre Sermanza and Fernanda Lippi: the dance film specialist and choreographer have co-directed the breathtakingly original Sea Without Shore, which has its world premiere at GFF.
  • British Sea Power: One of British indie’s most enduring names, the band are credited with kickstarting the UK’s post-punk revival and have earned a reputation as a live band like no other.

Further guests will be announced in the run-up to the festival.

THE AUDIENCE AWARD

New for 2015, Glasgow Film Festival is delighted to announce the Audience Award. For the first time, the GFF audience will be asked to vote on a shortlist of ten films from first or second-time directors chosen by the festival programming team from across the programme. The Award has been created in conjunction with GFF’s new Pioneer strand, which celebrates the festival’s reputation for picking great early films from future cinema masters, and is designed to bring greater profile to some of the most exciting new cinema talents in the world.

Films in contention for the Audience Award:

  • 52 Tuesdays (Australia, dir. Sophie Hyde) – Filmed every Tuesday over the course of a year, 52 Tuesdays is an extraordinary tale of a daughter’s relationship with her mother transitioning to become a man. Won the Crystal Bear at Berlinale and the Directing Award at Sundance.
  • Appropriate Behaviour (USA/UK, dir. Desiree Akhavan) –Lena Dunham’s Girls pale into comparison with Appropriate Behaviour’s lead character, bisexual Brooklynite Shirin (Akhavan), in this outrageously entertaining film.
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (USA, dir. Ana Lily Amirpour) – Shot in luscious monochrome featuring a lonely, hijab-wearing female vampire, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night breaks with just about every rule in the book – definitely not one to be missed.
  • Life in a Fishbowl (Iceland, dir. Baldvin Zophoníasson) – A compelling tale of loss and learning to cope in the aftermath of Iceland’s financial crisis, masterfully presented on an intimately human level.
  • Mardan (Kurdistan, dir. Batin Ghobadi) – Iraq’s Oscar® entry, a beautifully composed drama set in the Iraqi Kurdistan mountains.
  • Radiator (UK, dir. Tom Browne) – Featuring deeply moving and understated performances, Radiator is a family portrait imbued with poignancy, heartbreak and a good dash of British black humour.
  • Tender (Australia, dir. Lynette Wallworth) – One small town’s life-affirming handling of death by setting up a community funeral service is the subject of this beautifully observed documentary, set to a fantastic soundtrack by Nick Cave.
  • Theeb (Jordan/Quatar/UAE/UK, dir. Naji Abu Nowar) – This award-winning tale of adventure follows two Bedouin boys as they are thrust into the world of empires in decline, offering a captivating, and very different, cinematic perspective on the era of T.E. Lawrence.
  • When Animals Dream (Denmark, dir. Jonas Alexander Arnby) – Intelligent, atmospheric, restrained, at times heart-breaking, When Animals Dream goes beyond the boundaries of a typical horror film – and is all the more memorable for it.
  • The Wonders (Italy/Switzerland/Germany, dir. Alice Rohrwacher) – A resonant coming-of-age tale of the oldest daughter of former student revolutionaries, nominated for the Palme D’Or at Cannes and winner of the Grand Jury prize.

UK PREMIERES

33 of the films in this year’s programme are UK Premieres, including

  • Multi award-winning Swedish film Force Majeure, the Closing Gala
  • Still Alice, with a Golden Globe-winning, Oscar® front-runner performance from Julianne Moore
  • The Salt of the Earth, Wim Wenders’ Oscar®-nominated documentary.
  • Dustin Hoffman turning in a lovely, moving performance in Boychoir.

UK PREMIERES CONTINUED

  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence: this year’s winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Roy Andersson’s masterful reflection on the human condition unfolds in thirty nine meticulously composed tableaux vivants.
  • Eliza Graves, a sumptuous Gothic horror starring Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine and Kate Beckinsale (part of FrightFest).
  • Clouds of Sils Maria, with Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart
  • Dreamcatcher, the new work from one of the UK’s most influential documentary makers, Kim Longinotto, fresh from its world premiere at Sundance.
  • Gong Li reuniting with Zhang Yimou on Cultural Revolution drama Coming Home
  • The Golden Era, Ann Hui’s stunning feminist biopic of the influential Chinese novelist Xiao Hong
  • I Need a Dodge! Joe Strummer on the Run: a documentary on the Clash frontman’s self-imposed Spanish exile.
  • My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn: a behind-the-scenes portrait of the director on location in Thailand for Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling, shot by his wife, Liv Corfixen
  • Warsaw Uprising, a breathtaking documentary about the 1944 revolt created entirely from unseen archive footage, which allows the viewer to become a witness to history
  • Marshland, a richly-textured Spanish murder mystery, like True Detective set in the Andaluz swamps.

EUROPEAN PREMIERES

Ten European Premieres, including two International Premieres

  • The Opening Gala screening of Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young
  • Man From Reno, Dave Boyle’s Californian/Japanese noir homage
  • Uzumasa Limelight, an utterly charming salute to the art of the background actor, by Ken Ochiai
  • The Dark Horse a richly textured biopic of chess champion Gen Potini, featuring the performance of a lifetime by Once Were WarriorsCliff Curtis
  • Limited Partnership, a hugely moving documentary charting the forty-year love affair that was inextricably bound up in the struggle for gay rights in the US.
  • The Light Shines Only There, the Japanese Oscar® submission by rising star director Mipo Oh
  • On the Trail of the Far Fur Country (also International Premiere), a delicate, reflective documentary tracing the route of the Hudson Bay Company’s 1919 journey across North America.
  • Fell (also International Premiere), a raw, intense and beautiful look at grief and redemption
  • The Atticus Institute, a chilling feature set in the US Department of Defense’s paranormal lab in the 1970s. (part of FrightFest)
  • Sex ‘n’ drugs ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll ‘n’ possession shocker The Asylum(part of FrightFest)

WORLD PREMIERES

GFF15 features a record eleven World Premiere screenings:

  • Sea Without Shore A groundbreaking new film work from Andre Semenza and Fernanda Lippi of Zikzira Physical Theatre, blending cinematic physical performance and dance with a soundtrack overseen by Oscar®-winning sound designer Glen Freemantle.
  • William McIlvanney: Living With Words, a lovely, moving portrait of the great Scottish novelist.
  • 88: Christopher Lloyd and Ginger Snaps’ Katharine Isabelle team up for a female revenge quest chiller. (part of FrightFest)
  • The Woods Movie: a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Blair Witch Project (part of FrightFest)
  • OK Rick, by Margaret Tait Residency winner Florrie James, in which a gender-swapped Rick and Victor Laszlo from Casablanca find themselves on Orkney.
  • Wasted Time, the directorial debut of David Hayman Jr, a unique prison drama with a cast featuring a mix of professional actors and inmates at Barlinnie Prison.
  • Sunken Ripples, a playful and interactive audiovisual show, bringing together cutting edge technology and the dizzying scope of an IMAX screen
  • Square Legs Round Bowls, debuting new film work from a range of visual artists and composers, exploring the relationship between music and film.
  • The Hoarder, Mischa Barton stars in this intense and chilling psychological thriller (part of FrightFest)
  • Life’s a Beach, a charming documentary following one man’s struggles to maintain his idyllic, self-sustainable life on Folkestone beach.
  • Margaret Tait Award Winner 2014 Charlotte Prodger’s as yet untitled new work.

SCOTTISH PREMIERES

The 2015 programme also features sixty-five Scottish Premieres, including:

  • RosewaterGael Garcia Bernal stars in news legend Jon Stewart’s directorial debut
  • Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall looking into maths and autism in tear-jerking charmer X+Y.
  • The New Girlfriend, Francois Ozon’s latest film with Romain Duris.
  • A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman’s second-ever outing as a director.
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune, the hugely acclaimed documentary about ‘the most influential film that never was’.
  • Best Foreign Language Oscar® nominee Wild Tales
  • The Falling, directed by Carol Morley and starring Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams.
  • Mommy, enfant terrible Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Jury Prize-winning follow-up to I Killed My Mother.
  • Jauja, a hallucinatory revisionist Western with excellent reviews from TIFF, starring Viggo Mortensen

PREMIERES AND HIGHLIGHTS CONTINUED OVER

SCOTTISH PREMIERES CONTINUED

  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper, a look into the mind of a small-town serial killer from legendary documentarian Nick Broomfield.
  • Girlhood, Céline Sciamma’s multi award-winning Parisian girl-gang drama.
  • It Follows: this chilling tale of a sexually-transmitted ghost was one of the biggest hits of Cannes Critics Week
  • From What is Before, Lav Diaz’ epic follow-up to Norte: The End of History, tips the timer at five hours and thirty-eight minutes, with a devastating, dreamlike lament for the past.
  • Michael Madsen playing against type in dreamy, existential London-set indie The Ninth Cloud.
  • Eva Green and Shailene Woodley in White Bird in a Blizzard.
  • Second Coming: Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba in a powerful story of immaculate conception in London

 

GLASGOW YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL 6­­­–8 February

GYFF has a new look this year. Now one weekend-long, the only festival in Europe programmed entirely by 15-18 year olds will focus on an ambitious world cinema programme of films which look at teenage and young adult life. As the younger child-friendly films graduate into GFF’s Modern Families strand, the youth programming team are pulling together an issue-based programme. Industry insiders will offer masterclasses and advice to young people who want to make a career in film or TV: the cast and crew of E4’s hit series Glue take part in a panel discussion, and the festival ventures into pop-up cinema for the first time with an exciting closing event. www.glasgowfilm.org/gyff

GLASGOW SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: 11–15 March

Scotland’s leading short film festival returns, this time in March and extended to five sublime days of screenings devoted to petite and perfectly-formed movies. Alongside welcoming a wealth of exciting new talent competing for the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and the Scottish Short Film Award, and some very special guests, GSFF will stage unique events and parties in venues across the city, including the immersive large-scale cinematic provocation Vertical Cinema at the Briggait, and Strange Electricity, a celebration of Finnish electronica label Sähkö Recordings, at the Glue Factory. The full programme will be announced on Wednesday 28 January 2015. More details at www.glasgowfilm.org/gsff

SOUND & VISION

Glasgow also has a global reputation for its music scene, forever keeping the city on the cutting edge of cool. This year our Music and Film Festival has evolved into Sound & Vision, a new strand that puts music at the very heart of the festival programme, celebrating Glasgow’s relationship with sonic cinema from the silent era to the modern day. Through spectacular crossover events in two of the city’s most famous music venues, live performances from the likes of British Sea Power and composer Ólafur Arnalds, as well as premiere screenings of documentaries and features from around the world, we mark Glasgow’s musical history in genre-spanning style.

  • Eden, a brilliant dramatisation of the early days of French electronica, and the Daft Punk story, starring Greta Gerwig, with a 90’s French House club night afterparty.
  • The chaotic history of The Clash in endearing documentary I Need a Dodge! Joe Strummer on the Run
  • Memphis, director Tim Sutton‘s tale of a struggling young musician, featuring singer Willis Earl Beal.
  • Revenge of the Mekons, a riotous documentary about the life and times of the Leeds punk favourites
  • A brand-new digital print of seminal concert film Stop Making Sense (Talking Heads live)

SUPPORTER COMMENT

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: ‘Glasgow Film Festival is recognised as one of the premier film events in the UK today and is a real stand-out in the city’s cultural calendar. Hosting the festival brings significant benefits to Glasgow; boosting our economy, attracting visitors from throughout the UK and beyond and reinforcing our credentials as a world-class cultural destination and leading cinema city. This year I am incredibly excited about the festival’s Cinema City strand, which celebrates Glasgow’s love affair with the silver screen and highlights how the city has provided the backdrop to many great films. The calibre of this year’s programme is, once again, a strong reflection of just how highly-regarded Glasgow Film Festival is.’

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: ‘Glasgow Film Festival is one of the pillars of our annual culture portfolio, and we are once again presented with an expansive, engaging and inclusive programme of films and events. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the strength of the GFF programme and its enduring appeal to cinema-goers is testament to that.’
Natalie Usher, Director of Film and Media at Creative Scotland, said:It’s great to see Glasgow Film Festival return for an eleventh edition with such a strong and exciting programme of films and events. With red carpet premieres, pop-up cinemas around the city and a stellar line up of filmmaker guests, this year’s festival will have something for everyone. We’re particularly excited at the introduction this year of the Audience Award and can’t wait to see 2014 Margaret Tait Award winner Charlotte Prodger’s new work. Renowned for its warm welcome and openness, the festival creates the ideal setting for film lovers, filmmakers and those looking for a great night out.’

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